The Canon ZR900 and ZR930 do indeed gave a 1/8" mic jack - and the last time I checked were the least expensive miniDV camcorders available with a mic jack. I don't know if it makes any difference to you, but they do not have manual audio control. Some of the Canon flash memory camcorders (FS-series) might.
The last time I checked, the least expensive camcorders with a mic jack and manual audio control were the Canon HV20 and SOny HDR-HC9.
The other option is to get which ever camcorder you want and use a field recorder to grab the audio (Marantz, Zoom, Sony, Tascam, Edirol, M-Audio, among others) and replace the audio that comes with the video with the audio from the field recorder during the edit process.
Yes, wireless Lavaliere mics have a body pack (with a little wire to the lav mic) and base station. Audio Technica makes a low-end portable (battery powered) Pro88
that is OK and affordable...
Sennheiser makes a GREAT system
as does the Shure pro audio group
but they are pricey...
Hi, I need to purchase a camcorder to capture brief interviews with multiple subjects. Since I will need the capability to edit my video, I am going with a MiniDV camera and want to spend $300-$800 on it. I am looking for a camcorder that can work with a very simple lavalier microphone (prerably wireless and one that is, to repeat, simple--aren't there ones that just have two pieces--a piece that mounts on the camera and a piece that is clipped to the interview subject?). Using CNET's camcorder search, I seem to have several options. However, I have no idea what kind/brand of microphone to purchase to go with them. Can any one out there take a look at the cameras on my list and tell me what simple, wireless microphones are campatible with them? Thank you.
Panasonic Palmcorder PV-VM202
Samsung SC-D963 - camcorder - Mini DV
Canon ZR900 miniDV Camcorder