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What's the best camcorder to record live rock band at a bar?

by pob10686 / November 25, 2005 6:36 AM PST

These are generally dimly lit bars with weak stage lighting. We're obviously concerned about capturing the best video and audio quality to create our own DVDs and post video clips on our Web site (I use Windows XP).

Would spend up to $1000 (incl tripod & other accessories). Here are some specific questions:
1. What's the best dig camcorder for low light settings? Should we get an external light? If so, what kind?
2. Is the internal mic normally sufficient or should we get an external mic? If so, what kind? We're obviously not expecting MTV quality audio, but good enough to share with friends and local fans.
3. Would 3 CCDs vs 1 make a big difference for our situation?

Any other suggestions from anyone else who's ever done this would be very helpful. Thank you so much and Happy Holidays!

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I don't know how good the camera will be in your price range
by Kiddpeat / November 25, 2005 11:11 AM PST

but you will definitely need an external mic. Either the camera needs to accomodate one (or more), or you will need an audio recording device. I was quite surprised to learn recently that most camcorders of the 'Bestbuy' type no longer accomodate external mics.

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What's the best camcorder to record live rock band
by jcrobso / November 29, 2005 1:28 AM PST

Sony HC-90 MiniDV has about the best low light in your price range. It will take an external mic, but I don't think it is beer proof.
No, 3CCD would NOT be as good as a 1CCD in low light, it would be worse.
Sony has external mics on thier web site. john

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