at the Canon ZR800 and see if it fits your needs. Also, Canon released updated versions to this camcorder (ZR900, 930, 950) with the 930 having the mic-in jack. Check them out and see what you think.
I was soooo close to buying a DVD camcorder until I came across the "do not buy a DVD camcorder" posts. Here is what I need a camcorder for: I am in training and must record one hour sessions with a patient (of course with permission, guarded access, all the ethical and legal requirments in place). These sessions are played back for myself and a supervisor. I need a camcorder that is very easy to use, results that are very easy to replay, one that records good pic in an artifically lit office, that has VERY good sound, has an external mic jack and that is under $400. Are the newer DVD camcorders still not good? I do not need to edit (nor am I allowed of course), I will not even be behind the camera as it will sit on a shelf during the recordings. Is this enough information to solicit some suggestions? Thanks.