The DM-100 is still the go-to microphone for all Legria / Vixia camcorders. This basically includes all Canon camcorders starting with "HF". The mic has a high price point of about 190$, and has a design flaw that will render it unusable after only a couple of years of use.

Symptoms: The microphone produces a rattling noise when the camera is being moved, basically rendering it useless for all other than stationary shots. This guide will give a quick fix to the problem for less than a dollar.

This is the rattly beast.
  • This is the rattly beast.

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You access the internals by removing the grill in the front, which is held in place by a small amount of adhesive.
  • You access the internals by removing the grill in the front, which is held in place by a small amount of adhesive.

  • Use a set of tweezers (or a pointy metallic object, I used a tiny screwdriver) and gently pull in a circular fashion not to destroy the metal girder.

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  • Canon has used an elastic band for vibration reduction of the directional "sound pipe" (seen as a circle behind the elastic band).

  • The pipe visible behind the elastic is supposed to be mounted toe the inner wall with the two marked circular joints.

  • These incredibly weak joints are bound to break as the rubber loses its elasticity.

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  • Rubber band is irreparable and needs to go. I scratched it out using a small, sharp screwdriver.

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  • The culprit of the rattling noise is now apparent. A plastic cylinder stretches through the whole of the microphone, enabling the microphones forward focused / directional sound.

  • When the rubber band breaks because of the bad joints, this thing hits the inner side of the cylinder.

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  • I measured the internal diameter, and found that there in total was a void of about 2mm in between the tube and the mic cylinder.

  • After some searching, I found a 2mm thick foam sheet for about 50 cents at a hobbyist shop.

  • Use this to cut a small sheet of depth of about 2 cm and length matching the inner circumference.

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  • After some scissoring, you should have something that looks a bit like this.

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  • Add a dab of glue around the foam to make sure it stays in place.

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  • Add a thin layer of glue to the yellow circle and reattach the grill and windstopper.

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  • There! 190$ microphone fixed for less than a dollar.

  • The audio quality isn't affected at all.

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The DM-100 is a good, but expensive microphone for all Canon camcorders. The internal suspension is broken by design, and will render the microphone unusable after 2-3 years of use.

This fix is a permanent fix to Canons poor design. Since the pipe is solid, and the foam is only reaching about 2cm into the pipe, audio quality is not affected at all.

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