02-15-2010 10:45 AM
I need to buy a camcorder for our church. It will be used to show live video during services and to record special events such as weddings. The main features I am looking for are:
(1) Flash memory
(2) Ability to handle low light conditions
(3) Audio input connection
That last item seems to be the challenge. I want to be able to input audio from our mixer, but it seems that you have to go to to the high-end (> $3,000) cameras to get a line-level audio input connection. We would like to stay under $1,000. Does anyone know of a camera that would meet my needs and still be affordable?
Alternatively, could we use the external mic input and adjust the mixer output level down to a level equivalent to a condenser mic?
Your help would be appreciated!
02-16-2010 09:58 AM
I think you already solved your problem in your description - use a lower end unit with a mic input and find an adapter from line-level to mic input levels.
I believe active XLR-to-3.5mm stereo adapters exist and are $100-200. I see passive ones (not sure how well they will actually work) for $10-20.
For the camcorder itself, Canon's HF series are a good bet. I have an HF100 and it's great. Current offering that is likely your best bet is the HF200. The HF S200 will be replacing it soon, however at a few hundred dollars extra.
03-04-2010 03:51 PM
You could always add that track during editing.
That's another good option. Have a separate audio recording device and mix the audio track in later.
BTW, you know how the movie studios often do that "click" thing with the board at the beginning of a scene? That's intended to allow the video editors to sync the audio and video, as it is a sharp brief-duration noise that matches with a visible phenomenon.