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A couple years ago, it was easy to find consumer camcorders with mic inputs. Not so easy now.
A good 1st step woud be to go to http://www.bhphotovideo.com and click on "video – consumer", then choose "camcorders". Checking the specs for the very low end, I see a couple Samsung camcorders with mic inputs. Well under $300. Looks like the next step up is all the way to the Panasonic AG-DVC7, which not only has a mic input, it allows manual setting of the mic volume (but that unit costs $999.95 … yikes! 😯 ).
Maybe you can find something in their "Used" department. The Canon "Elura" and "Optura" lines were very good, but check the specs to make sure there’s a mic input.
Good luck, 🙂