are loud, you will have a problem with any video/audio recording device that does not have some sort of manual control.

"Loud" does not necessarily mean amplified - it *could* be acoustic. Either guitar or voice.

In the entry-level Sony camcorder world, there is sometimes a menu selection for "Normal" or "Low" mic gain to deal with loud audio. In the good camcorder world, this can be a full manual audio gain/level control mechanism.

If you don't have this control, when you are loud, the audio will clip (and maybe get muddy - but in this case, mostly just clip). Clipped audio cannot be fixed in editing - unless you replace the audio with a version that has no clipping. When you are providing soft or really low audio (or in-between passages' silence), there will the characteristic "whooshing" sound of the automatic gain circuit listening for sound.

You have two options:

1) Save your money for a better camcorder with some sort of audio control.

2) Record your audio with your PC or get a field recorder (Marantz, Zoom, M-Audio, Fostex) that has audio control and replace the audio when the video is edited. You will need to invest in a decent mic or two.

Inexpensive cameras typically have no manual audio control - but if you find a camera you *think* you like, DON'T buy it. Go to the manufacturer's web site. Typically, in the Support area, you can download the manual. So do that, read through the manual and see if the camera really has what you want or need. If the manual is not available, pick another camera and manufacturer. If the camcorder has what you need, then buy it from a reputable vendor.