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Old Jan 7, 2009, 5:41 PM   #1
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I'm looking for a cheap DV camera, $200 or less. I only care about decent picture quality relative to other cheap models and a microphone input.

It almost seems to me like excluding a mic input is some kind of secret agreement among all manufacturers to keep cheap DV cameras from competing with more expensive models.

Are there any cheap models with a mic jack?
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Old Jan 8, 2009, 6:39 PM   #2
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Is that a no? There aren't any cheap DV cams with a mic jack?
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Old Jan 8, 2009, 7:31 PM   #3
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More like a "no one knows". I don't know how many video people are on the site - most posts are related to digital cameras and not video.
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I've just moved this to the Hybrid section as this is where our movie experts hang out and they might know of something that will fit the bill.
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Old Jan 8, 2009, 8:27 PM   #5
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25 hours later, and not one said

Welcome aboard Jules......

We on the site do not know the answer, or posted in the incorect sections, more like give a camcorder to a camera person watch them fail........

The CHybrid you are seeking will becalled the Aiptek Action HD GVS 1080P sellsfor 249.99 sale 235, and 199.99

Also the HD1 9hshdif i got it wrong) for 169.99 or less

Both have Mic ports. the cam was released in nov 2008 look for the pinned post in the hybrid section
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Old Jan 8, 2009, 8:30 PM   #6
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I thought we might get the answer..... in my defence for not realising there had been no welcome it is 1.30am here and I'm past tired LOL.

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Old Jan 8, 2009, 8:42 PM   #7
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I'm sorry I didn't see this question until now because I would have answered much sooner.

Yes, yes, yes! There is a low-cost MiniDV camcorder model coming in March 2009 from Canon... the ZR960. Here's the product reference page:

http://www.usa.canon.com/consumer/co...&modelid=18004



This is the newest model from Canon. Now, if you need to order immediately, then there's no problem because you can also order the ZR900 (introduced last year), which also has the external microphone input. That product's page is here:

http://www.usa.canon.com/consumer/co...&modelid=16202



I just checked and Amazon.com is selling the ZR900 for $193 + shipping.

So that should work for you! Hope this helps.
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Here also are the two Aiptek models referenced earlier by Fishy:

1. Aiptek Action HD GVS:

http://www.aiptek.com/Merchant2/merc...&Store_Code=AS



2. Aiptek Hi-Speed:

http://www.aiptek.com/Merchant2/merc...&Store_Code=AS



Both of these have microphone inputs like the Canon and are HD -- BUT -- and this is where the consumer needs to be very, very careful... CHECK THE EXTERNAL MIC INPUT CIRCUITRY RECORDING QUALITY on the Aipteks. It is *suspicious* in my mind at this time.

There have been individuals who have reported some less-than-wonderful results after testing these Aiptek models and their microphone inputs.

The Canon models are standard definition. But, I've owned ZR series models in the past and their audio recording quality is darned good... for budget camcorders.
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Old Jan 9, 2009, 5:44 AM   #9
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Lol my tiredness is in my typing LOL

thanks Private I.....

just lets hope the person followed the post

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Old Jan 9, 2009, 11:16 PM   #10
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Awesome. Thanks for all the input. It really helps, specifically saving me hours of time.

The Canon sounds like the most feature rich choice for the money.

If I have more questions, I know where to come.
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