Need Decent HD, Good Sound

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    • #85818

      I currently have a JVC GZ-EX210 HD camcorder. It's a nice little unit (yes, cheap) for home movies and such. I would like to move up to something a little better – I want HD but need good quality sound or something with a hot shoe that I can put a shotgun mic on. I need to record musical acts. I am told using a really good mic that plugs into the camera is the best way to go. (Actually, I'm told one that records into the camera and into a secondary recorder like a laptop is the very best.)


      So, I'd like great audio built in or ability to plug a good mic in and decent HD. Thanks for any advice. I don't have much of a budget for this (as with so many others that ask questions in here). I'll take a range of suggestions and then do my research if anyone has some options for me. Thanks in advance!

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      Mike Wilhelm

      My advice is to forget about finding a camera with a good internal mic. The sooner you get used to using a purpose-built microphone the better. Get whatever camera you want that has a mic input and grab something from Rode's Videomic line and you should be set. No need for a hot shoe. A cold shoe will work, since you don't need to send power from the camera to the mic.

    • #212528

      What's the budget range for this camcorder?  That will help narrow the choices down a bit.

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