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    Question Help me Choose a Camcorder

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    Hello, I need to purchase a Camcorder to record my electronics video tutorials.
    To give you a better image of what I'll do: First I'll introduce the tutorial (will be around 2-3 meters away from the camera), then I'll shoot to the table where I'll be showing how to do the stuff (1 meter), and finally, but not in all of my videos, I'll need to focus really close to an electronics chip (1-5 cm, maybe the Macro mode might do it).
    I've been thinking on recording the video with the camcorder and the audio with my MacBook Pro's GarageBand or this Mixer (a friend has it). A possibility is to record the audio with an external microphone connected to the camcorder, but I don't know if I can do much editing later.

    So, what I expect of the camcorder:
    - Preferably less than $300 USD
    - HD
    - At least 1080p
    - Pocket Camcorder *optional
    - Macro (or a way to focus on tiny things)
    - Compatible with Mac
    - Mic input *optional
    - Still Photos *optional
    - Optical Zoom *optional (would love it had it!)

    The best camcorders I've come with so far are:
    - Kodak Zi8 - Kodak Zi8 HD Pocket Video Camera, Black, Aqua & Digital - Kodak Online Store
    - Sanyo Xacti VPC-CG102: Digital Camera | Full HD Camera | VPC-CG100 | Xacti SANYO
    - Might save some more for the Sony HDR-CX110, but I don't know if it's too much for what I need: HDR-CX110 | Full HD Memory Card Camcorder | Sony | Sony Style USA

    What are your thoughts? Please comment!
    Feel free to suggest other Camcorders!
    Last edited by davidsalomon; 04-05-2011 at 05:09 AM.

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    If you don't have a mic input you will either need to have or to budget for some sort of recording device - possibly the Zoom H1 will do you, perhaps with a cheap lavalier (tie-clip) mic.
    Clear audio is essential for tutorials and an on-board camera mic at 2-3 meters will pick up too much room noise.
    Tim

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    Quote Originally Posted by TimStannard View Post
    If you don't have a mic input you will either need to have or to budget for some sort of recording device - possibly the Zoom H1 will do you, perhaps with a cheap lavalier (tie-clip) mic.
    Clear audio is essential for tutorials and an on-board camera mic at 2-3 meters will pick up too much room noise.
    I have my RockBand microphone which has a USB cable, I've tried it in my GarageBand and it sounds good.
    The other possibility could be asking my friend's small mixer, already have the appropriate microphone, equalize it and record it directly GarageBand.

    Do you have any advice on the cameras? Which one you consider the best for my purposes?

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    Any help please?
    In a couple of weeks I'll have to decide for good which camcorder to buy.

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