you can move to a HVR-A1... In the mean time, Whizkid frequents these boards and has an SR1 but has not mentioned that mic issue... Maybe there are others...
I was very excited about this camera after reading the reviews, and purchased one. I've decided to be patient with the lack of compatibility with any pro editing software and hope that everything catches-up soon. (I have Mac and the software that comes with the camera is not mac compatable)
Here's an issue that I'm not going to be so patient about:
I attached an external mic to my brand new HDR SR1 and immediately noticed a hissing noise coming through the headphones. When I hit record, the camera starts buzzing. The noise DOES record to the hard drive, and is present when I playback the video. I have since tested other types of pro-quality mics with the same bad outcome (dynamic condenser & wireless).
The reviews that I've read praise the fact that the HDR-SR1 has an external mic input. This feature is one of the reasons that I bought this camera. Too bad the audio that is recorded with the ext. mic is un-useable.
I have contacted Sony and am waiting for their response, but was wondering if anyone else is experiencing this problem.