We use this Mini-DV camera as part of a portable system. Couple it with a Sony Bluetooth Wireless Microphone. The receiver attaches to the shoe on the top of the camera. The sound quality is terrific, and because it uses bluetooth and not IR, it is not as subject to interference from Blackberries and other similar devices. We have yet to record in a room where a laptop/camera setup in the back of the room was out of range of the microphone.