I’ve had the Micro for over six months. When I first fired it up I was really put off by the buttons. Setting menu options was a total PITA with my large fingers, and trying to adjust things like iris, WB and ISO while shooting was impossible. So I set it aside and didn’t touch it again for months. Now there are finally a variety of options to correct the button issue.
In my case, I make documentaries, often handheld, so my goal is to have as few wires as possible, and keep those I need short.
I bought Phil’s V2 controller several months ago (it comes with a nice, flexible, short cable) and an inexpensive SmallRig cage and grip extension. With the controller mounted on the extension I can easily start/stop, change ISO and WB while shooting. Iris was still a problem so I built a simple bracket with spring loaded button extensions that allow me to adjust iris without taking my eye from the EVF, a Z-Finder Pro.
Since I’m not adept at soldering little wires, I also bought an IndieProTools Sony to LP-E6 adapter and mounted it on rails immediately behind the camera, the cable tucked under the battery plate. I can shoot almost all day with one B-4206 battery.
At first I was cautious about audio, even with the JuicedLink pre-amp I had for my Pockets, so I recorded double system. Unfortunately my soundman has been in the hospital and I was forced to use the camera for audio . I tested several mics (I have an old Audio-Technica, a 416, a Rode NTG-1 and NTG-3) and discovered, much to my surprise, that the NTG1 (which is usually relegated to a shipping tube in the bottom of my audio bag) actually works best with this configuration. The resultant audio is quite good. I wouldn’t use it for narrative or music, but for docs it’s fine. In fact I’ve used it exclusively to shoot a current 10 minute doc and have had zero problems.
I tried the Micro’s AGC, but it puts a bad hum on the track, so don’t use it unless as reference audio. And you won’t hear that hum while recording because -
What? There’s no headphone jack? I realize this was intended as a flyer, but it has so much more potential, and this oversight pretty much relegates the Micro to shooting B-roll for most people. (the pre-amp has a jack, but that doesn’t tell me what’s happening with the connecting cable or the camera).
BTW: I had been waiting for the new OLPF and shim from Mosaic, so I didn’t install the older one. Yesterday I took a chance and shot some campus footage at a college (where last year with the Pocket I had moire problems with clothing and roof tiles). This year, shooting the identical visuals with the Micro and no OLPF, the moire is nearly nonexistent. That’s great news!