Our Head of Performing Arts is looking for a new camcorder for filming performances for the Exam Board and for other filming purposes for Drama.
Obviously you can get some pretty awesome camcorders these days for a reasonable figure, but I wondered if anyone could recommend any in particular.
He doesn't really have a particular budget in mind (other than it being less then £1000)
but I would be interested if anyone could recommend anything in £250-£350 price range, but also options for the £600 kind of price range.
Specific requirements he would like are:
Easy to transfer from Camera to computer
Easy to browse through recorded videos when using the actual camera (i.e the ability to quickly view things recorded from a week before)
Allow the usage of an External Microphone - sometimes he films outside, so a external mic may be useful to allow for windshield etc
Hope someone has some suggestions
I've been having a look through review sites as well, and have a couple in mind, but thought I'd see what other people suggested.
External mic. socket is a must, as you've said. That's something budget cameras don't seem to have now, so it will help reduce the choice. Don't forget to include a decent tripod, extra batteries, the external mic. Take a look at the new Rode video mic pro. To be honest, no camcorder records decent audio using the internal mic. Some are worse than others.