Made some video recordings last weekend using (and forgetting to use) my ECM-ALST1.
Barely any sound using the mic. but fine without. Changed the battery this morning and an indoor test of music indicated that the mic. was no better or worse than using the camera alone.
I noticed that switching on the mic. there was a brief flash of the orange light above. I noticed that before changing the battery as well.
Now, here is the question: Should the light be on permanently when the mic. is switched on or is it functioning properly by just giving away the initial single flash? Unfortunately I have lost the instructions. My question is predicated on the mic. not being any better than the "built in" mic. in the camera in my test. Why spend £100+ on a mic. if it is no better than the camera mic?