Budget video camcorders with mic inputs

These days it is easy to get satisfactory quality video recordings even on mobile phones. But audio quality is generally poor from the inbuilt monophonic microphone. Earlier in the week, this blogger hurriedly recorded a radio presentation video (Mackay tropospheric reception) via a Panasonic Lumix digital camera.

English: Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3 digital camer...

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3 Digitalkamera (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The results were unusable, despite the fact the camera was positioned barely 20 centimetres away! Only a masochist could sit through this sort of inaudible, barely voice-grade audio!

Apparently this is a common frustration. Entrepreneur BigFish1 writes on Squidoo:

It appears over the last few years manufacturers of common consumer camcorders have forgotten or just have neglected this important aspect in making camcorders. Most camcorders you find in stores have a built-in microphone, which usually provide only fair to downright poor sounding audio. This is especially evident if you try to zoom in on someone with your camcorder, but end up capturing the sound around the camcorder, the end result is usually very poor quality.

From Ebay, a small sample of the High Definition pocket video camera recorders with microphone input was taken. These models are both in ready supply and affordable. Prices include delivery to Australia.

Kodak zi8 HD compact digital camera (Photo credit: Ebay)

Kodak zi8 HD compact digital camera (Photo credit: Ebay)

The Zi8 is available secondhand from $215

Kodak zi10 HD compact digital camera (Photo credit: Ebay)

Kodak zi10 HD compact digital camera (Photo credit: Ebay)

The Playtouch ZI10 is available new from $122

 

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One Response to Budget video camcorders with mic inputs

  1. An. Nonnymouse. says:

    Sounds just like most DX listening to me. ;p

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