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Well the res isnt that important, I just need a camera that has audio in and can capture footage in a dark situation for youtube so doesnt have to be amazing quality. Just looking for a step up from my kodak zi8
You are missing a requirement...
and one of the reasons for good low light performance are large lenses to allow the limited light into the camcorder and a large imaging chip to process that limited amount of light. The lenses and chips are expensive. At $300, the camcorders in this range have very small lenses and imaging chip - so you can't get there from here.
Back to the missing requirement... Having a mic jack is handy for what you want - but unless you can control the audio gain going in through that mic jack all that will be recorded will be a muddy mess with maybe a lot of static. So... you need some way to control that audio gain. Most of the low-end camcorders with a mic jack do not have manual audio control. The least expensive camcorders - of which I am aware with a mic jack AND manual audio control are the Canon HF S100 Canon HV40 and Sony HDR-HC9. You can see if any given camcorder has a mic jack and manual audio control by downloading the camcorder's manual from the manufacturer's web site and checking for those features.
MSRP on these is two to three times more than your stated budget - and even on sale will be at least 2x more.
There are reasons why the professionals use the large camcorders they use. The are two (of MANY more reasons) of them.
Just my opinion...
How about Panasonic HDC-TM15?
Well, how about Panasonic HDC-TM15 at Amazon.com?
Going the right direction but
you won't notice much difference. Still almost an entry level camcorder; uses AVCHD compression to MTS files; 30.5mm lens filter diameter; 1/6" CMOS lens...
If you want good low-light behavior you need to move to 1/4" image sensors - 1/3" are better... and 58mm lenses or larger. One of my camcorders uses a 3CCD 1/3" imaging sensor system and has a 72mm lens filter diameter and is barely acceptable. The other with a 37mm lens and single 1/3" CMOS chip does not do so well.
I read through the manual:
The HDC-TM15 does not have some other things you said you need... no mic jack. No manual audio control. If you found these in the manual, please let me know the page number.
If you changed your requirements, please share that.
Unless you do not care the price
You cannot claim the HD video camera under the price of $300 as well as the brand name unless you do not care the price.
Come on, Sony DCR-SR67 costs $519.45 at amazon.com
The Sony DCR-SR67 costs at $519.45 at amazon.com. You have more choices at the price above $500.
None HD video camera has been out of date.
Ebay has no warranty and quality guarantee. The Sony DCR-SR47E is not a high definition video camera. It costs more than $500. None HD video camera has been out of date.
When you change the requirements,
it is challenging to help you.
The Sony DCR-SR47 is not high definition, does not have an audio-in jack, won't do well in low-light - and does not have manual audio control. On top of that, I don't know what sort of music you play, but a lot of the DJs I know play fairly loud. Loud audio = lots of vibration. Hard disc drive based camcorders do not like vibration and can park the hard drive heads resulting in no recording at all... and "buffer overflow" messages. Flash memory and miniDV tape based camcorders do not have this vibration issue.
Good luck. I hope this works out for you.
Do you know the best buy model for the low light shooting?
Well, you talked about lots on the specifics. Have you found a best buy model for the low light shooting? Please consider the price as every knows the high price, the better. We are discussing the best buy for the low light shooting. Can you recommend a one?
There is no such thing.
chickenorfish said so too.
But If you think there is, then flip a coin - in that price range they will all be about the same.
Like I said... good luck.
You do not know to compare, do you?
Then, the discussion can end as you can pay over $1000 that will ensure you to get the best video camera. You do not know to compare, do you?
cnetuser88... that is one of the funniest
things I've read in a LONG time. Thank you!
Actually, I do "know how to compare". But thanks for the laugh.