I need a low--budget ($200 - $400) DV camcorder that will be used primarily for capturing performances of musical acts for demos. (I am one of the musicians.) In one scenario, I would like to set the camera on a tripod, patch the audio into the PA mixer, turn it on, and go perform. While my video needs are not demanding (other users may like better than barrell-srapings for picture, however), I would like the audio to be quite good, so that someone wearing headphones will get a decent approximation of our sound. I have an i-Mac G5 for editing with FW connection.
Could only find one recorder in this price range that accepts external sound source: a Canon ZR800. I am concerned about the audio quality, and perhaps even the video. Any advice? Are there other, better cameras to meet these needs? thanks