Ron that's what I meant. Anyway going out to look for pro gear is easy, if there's no budget concern, I regularly get emails or printed brochures, or (potential) customer events invites from distributors. Not that I would know how to use the gear, LOL.
The Rohde mic was recommended elsewhere, but there are two models, one called stereo and the other not labelled stereo, but still stereo, so not sure which model they meant.
This model Chevypower suggested is almost as classic ('75) as the Sennheiser reportermicrophone that has been the mainstain of radio (and tv) reporting since the sixties.
Asked my brother if any of his mp3 players had recording capability, following up on your pocket recorder suggestion, well the only one that wasn't broken, yet, didn't. But 'If you need to record something important, i've got that Marantz' suggesting I borrow that Nagra/Uher follow-on that he uses together with one of those Sennheiser reportermics at the local public radio station. Same recorder as he used in his work at the National Public Broadcaster.
Or use one of his (big) personal condenser (studio) microphones. Great for sound, but not suitable to lugg around to South America seeing a few minutes of use in what will allways remain an amateur video.
But I coudn't go and tell him it was to hear him say 'sim', now could I;-). Wouldn't want to take the risk of borrowing this type of recorder and taking it abroad, anyway.
Indeed my folks aren't made of money, nor am I so, the Canon was the perfect compromise of performance and price. Something he will undoubtedly enjoy for the years to come, as he establishes his family.
Indeed, the Velbon isn't like any fluidheads I have seen at IBC over the past 15 years, but it will see very little use in recording any babies that may arrive, and similar important occassions or just the, hopefully many, fun moments over the next few years. So 50 euro bought something that was light but fairly sturdy, unlike the thinner legged 40 euro model. Perhaps with a little more care that money could have bought a slightly better tripod, however, it is something easily upgraded if the need arrises.
Indeed a completely different class of camera stand than what this German manufacturer emailed me about earlier this week: http://www.movietech.de/german_09/neuheiten_dt_09.htm
Budget, well as little as possible without buying unusable crap, one will simply never use again. Hence thinking of a little camera mounted shotgun mic, as that seems to be the microphone one will most likely still use in general family type point and shoot style use.