Gear / Technical Help => Photo / Video Recording => Topic started by: juliocruz on November 07, 2019, 06:26:03 PM

Title: Camcorder recommendations
Post by: juliocruz on November 07, 2019, 06:26:03 PM
I have been recording shows with a digital Panasonic camera, but I hate that you can only record 30 minutes continuously. Therefore I want to buy a camcorder, so I'm looking for recommendations. I'm looking for a camcorder that:

- can record at least 1,5 hours continuously with 1 battery.
- is small, so doesn't look too professional
- performs well in low light situations (=most concerts)
- has enough optical zoom (at least 20x)
- has batteries that can can be recharged and changed
- an input for external mics would be great, but the camcorder should power the mics (I don't want to use a battery box)

I hope to get some good recommendations. Thanks!

Title: Re: Camcorder recommendations
Post by: DavidPuddy on November 08, 2019, 04:35:58 PM
There's a Canon camcorder in the yard sale that hits pretty much all of your points (except mic power). Get a $15 USB adapter from Amazon so you can use a power bank and you're good to go.

You're not going to find a camcorder that puts out enough volts to power the mics we use. You can run the stereo out from your deck to the camera though.
Title: Re: Camcorder recommendations
Post by: webvan on November 10, 2019, 03:24:03 AM
Depending on what "digital Panasonic camera" you have it's possible that 30' limit can be extended ;-) It's a US ZS100 for instance. If it's a European TZ-100 like mine you're OOL though :-(