An interesting announcement comes from Tascam. According to the announcement, a professional microphone adapter is in development that will enable mirrorless system cameras from Canon, Nikon and Fujifilm to connect XLR mics. So far, only Sony and Panasonic offer a corresponding adapter for their DSLMs. Through the cooperation with Tascam, other camera manufacturers can now catch up and give their users access to more professional on-board audio recording, eliminating the need for subsequent synchronization between the image and externally recorded audio.
The Tascam CA-XLR2d XLR microphone adapter is expected to be available in three versions later this year:
Canon kit (CA-XLR2d-C) -- Thanks to collaboration with Canon on the development and testing of a digital hot shoe with built-in AD converter compatible with Canon's new multi-function shoe, audio comes directly into the camera via digital means. Since power is supplied through the camera, this is a wireless setup.
However, the only or first mirrorless Canon camera to feature the new multi-function shoe will be the Canon R3, which is not yet available. But the CA-XLR2d is also compatible with the multifunction shoe of the recently introduced professional camcorder Canon XF605 -- this already has two integrated XLR inputs, so that then up to four XLR input channels are available.
However, with the included battery box (2 × AA) and hot shoe adapter, the CA-XLR2d will also work with cameras that do not have such a multi-function hot shoe. In this case, the analog output of the CA-XLR2d is connected to the camera's microphone input via an analog audio cable.
Fujifilm kit (CA-XLR2d-F) -- Similarly, the adapter for Fujifilm also makes a wireless connection, but here it is made via compatibility with the Fujifilm digital hot shoe. However, this will initially only work with the FUJIFILM X-T4 as well as the X-S10. Other cameras will have to be connected via an included hot shoe adapter and analog audio cable, just like Canon.
Analog Interface Kit (CA-XLR2d-AN) -- For Nikon cameras, on the other hand, there is "only" an analog interface that comes with a hot shoe adapter and a battery box (2 × AA) and is connected to the camera's microphone input via an analog audio cable. So here the CA-XLR2d works as an analog audio adapter. For now, the following products are compatible: Nikon Z 7II / Z 6II / Z 7 / Z 6 / Z 5 / Z fc / Z 50.
The Tascam XLR microphone adapter is said to have integrated HDDA (High Definition Discrete Architecture) high performance microphone preamplifier, low noise and wide dynamic range (level switchable mic/line, 48 volt phantom power).
Two modes are available on the analog output, either for audio transfer to the camera's microphone input or for direct monitoring with headphones.