If you are as crazy about hardware as I am you will appreciate the attached video. I have been doing recording in professional settings for way longer than most folks. One of my first loves was a Sony 15 ips 10 inch stereo reel-to-reel.
What great depth of sound and a great analog feel. Now I use a Marantz PMD670 field recorder, one of the first solid state digital recorders used by reporters in the field.
With DSLR video you need better audio than is afforded by the inboard mic and the internal recorder. I use a Rode Video Mic and plug it into my 5D and it achieves a great result. I also record separately with my PMD670 using lavaliers or my high-end stereo mic that I use for recording orchestras or chamber groups. I used to use Pluraleyes to sync, but now Final Cut Pro X has built in audio sync that works much better and 10x faster.
The video below compares 4 of the most popular brands of video mics. This video mic shootout makes no conclusions, you can listen for yourself. I wish I would have had th
is when I was shopping for a mic. Fortunately for me I took the recommendation of Philip Bloom and went for the Rode Video Mic and after viewing this test I can see why I have been so happy with it. FYI I have seen Rode mics used on Fox News.