There are so many points that 800 to 1K camcorders miss those marks that I will just say there is nothing for you today.
Hi there. I've done a preliminary search of the forums, been scouring CNet and PC Mag's reviews, and randomly looked at some camcorders in stores. I'm the Audio-Visual department's supervisor at a school in Kansas City, MO. I'm looking to purchase a new camcorder for the school's preaching lab. Here are some of the specs I'm looking for:
1. Easy to use- the preaching lab professor is not familiar with technology AT ALL. He has to be able to run the camera himself, after maybe a session or two with me.
2. Able to record up to 45 minutes of video- the men in the lab have to preach at least three (if not more) times in the semester. Their sermons are to be 30-40 minutes long.
3. Able to be mounted on a tripod/monopod. Handheld is great, but not for this instance.
4. I don't want to be converting dozens of miniDVs for these guys after they preach. I already have to do that for chapel (we record chapel sermons with our Canon XL1 and then convert it to DVD). I want the camcorder to record onto a media they can use immediately. A lot of these guys will use these sermons to send to churches as part of their resumes. I've mostly been looking at DVD and miniDVD camcorders. I know that the disc has to be finalized when finished, but it seems easier than converting a miniDV to DVD.
5. Durability/longevity- this camera has to last about five years. Five preaching lab classes per Spring semester, 10-15 guys in each lab, each preaching at least 3 times. It HAS to last.
6. Price- I've been given a price range of $800-1000. We'll need a new tripod for the camcorder as well.
7. We won't hardly ever use the camcorder with just the battery. It will be plugged into the wall.
8. Video/audio quality doesn't have to be the highest- it just needs to be enough for the guys to watch the videos and evaluate themselves.
Is there even a camcorder out there like this? I sure hope so...