Fitting the MA-300 microphone adapter to supported camcorders

Article ID: ART104641 | Date published: 05/11/2015 | Date last updated: 08/15/2015


Fitting the MA-300 microphone adapter to supported camcorders


Thank you for purchasing the Canon MA-300 Microphone Adapter. Before using the MA-300 Microphone Adapter, read these instructions carefully and retain them for future reference.

The MA-300 Microphone Adapter enables you to:

  1. Input audio to select camcorders using XLR connector-equipped microphones.
  2. Convert video signals for the BNC connector.

The MA-300 Microphone Adapter is for exclusive use with the GL2/XM2, XL2, and XL H1 camcorders.

  1. Video Input Jack (RCA Jack) (connects to the camcorder)
  2. Video Output Jack (BNC Connector)
  3. Audio 1 Input Jack (XLR Connector)
  4. Audio 2 Input Jack (XLR Connector)
  5. Microphone Accessory Shoe
  6. Microphone Clamp
  7. Microphone Clamp Screw
  8. Shoe Lock


  1. Video Cable
  2. Cable Clip for fixing cables to the handle

Attaching the Microphone Adapter to the Camcorder

Please refer also to the camcorder instruction manual.

Turn the camcorder off before attaching/detaching the Microphone Adapter

  1. Slide the Microphone Adapter straight onto the camcorder's accessory shoe.
    -GL2/XL2 shown

    Orient the Microphone Adapter in the direction indicated with an arrow on the bottom side and slide it in until it clicks.
  2. Tighten the shoe lock in the direction of the arrow.

Attaching the Microphone

Microphones with a diameter of 25 mm can be attached directly. Depending on how you attach the microphone, it may pick up some vibration noise.

  1. Loosen the microphone clamp screw and open the microphone clamp.

  2. Place the microphone into the microphone clamp and tighten the clamp screw.
    -Position the microphone so that it does not appear on the camcorder's LCD or viewfinder screen.

  3. Connect the microphone to the audio input jack.
  4. Turn the camcorder's power on.
  • C (Connection) appears on the camcorder's LCD or viewfinder screen when the camcorder is in record or record pause mode.
  • The camcorder's built-in microphone automatically turns off.
  • The accessory shoe is for exclusive use with microphones attached to a camera-mount.
  • To output video signals via the BNC connector, connect the supplied video cable to the VIDEO IN terminal and the camcorder's AV terminal as shown above.


  • Audio Input jack: XLR-3-31
    1: Shielded, 2: Hot, 3: Cold
  • Input level: -60 dBv (balanced)
  • Input impedance: 600 ohms
  • Output impedance: 600 ohms
  • Video Camcorder-connecting jack: RCA jack
  • External device-connecting jack: BNC connector
  • Dimensions: 84 x 117 x 106 mm (3 1/4 x 4 5/8 x 4 1/8 in)
  • Weight: 170 g (6 oz)

Weight and dimensions approximate.
Subject to change without notice.
Errors and omissions excepted.



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