MiniDV camcorders are the only "quality" camcorders in that price range, but even then you'll get near the bottom of the barrel. Remember, you get what you pay for. Also, you'll need many tapes and probably many batteries if you don't have access to AC power along the trips.
I've read a bunch of guides and posts on what to think of when you purchase a camcorder, but I can not find anything that matches my specific situation (my father's actually)
My father is studying in the medical field. He has 2 purposes for this camcorder.
First: He gets a stream from his university and he would like to record it all. This last about 1 hr to 1hr 45 mins.
Second: He would like to take it on the road and use it to record live classes as well.
The main problem is the fact that there are MANY lessons and recordings he will have to do. He will use it often and for long periods of time. I plan on purchasing an external hard drive for all of his recordings, but I am afraid that the camcorder will wear down really quickly.
He would prefer to spend around $300-400 on the camcorder, but I am worried that there are none in this price range that would last for a long period while taking this beating. Is there any camcorder that would work for his situation?
Thanks in advance.