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Sub 500$ photo/video with audio input

by remyvhw / March 15, 2013 3:44 AM PDT

I've been searching the web for a sub 500$ device that could record video and shoot photos (like a Nikon P510 for example) but that would also come with an audio input to plug in an external microphone (mainly for interviews).

The cheapest product I've found is the Panasonic FZ200 but it's still a tad too expansive for the budget I have.

Maybe I missed one product that you'd be aware of?
I'm able to do compromises: I could also deal with an internal microphone if it's outstandingly good...

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Let me share how we solved it.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 15, 2013 4:03 AM PDT

At the office we had plenty of video recording things with so-so audio. Rather than get another camcorder, mics and all that we opted for an audo recorder. The one that gets the most use is a Sanyo ICR-XPS01M. We have a Tascam DR-07 MKII as backup.

Then in post production we clip and align the great audio along with the other usual work.

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Panasonic HC-V700
by Terfyn / March 15, 2013 4:48 PM PDT

Just because this is the camera I use!!!!
$496 on Amazon.

The camera is SD card based, takes video or photos and has a mic input. It comes with software (HDWriter) to download from the SD card or from camera via USB. Internal mic has "zoom" facility to focus the sound.

My mic is a YOGA EM-268 Electret condenser mic (it needs a battery) with a long lead. (OK for interviews)

The mic sound levels are looked after in the camera but can also be preset by the user.

I use my own homemade "deadcat" for windy conditions.

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