Ok so this may be a bit unique. For the last 2 years I have been a storm spotter/chaser. No I am not intercepting tornadoes. I am a skywarn certified spotter. Anyway, i am looking to mount a cam in my car but I have a few things I am looking for.
*Must shoot HD
*Has wide angel lens or has threads to put one on
*Will not be JUST for storm spotting (possibly used for family trips and/or airsoft)
*Must have good audio quality and not to much wind noise
*Must record video to SD card
*Video must be in a popular format (.avi, .mov, etc.)
*Must not be more than $300
I have done A TON of research and looking at cameras along with reviews from both consumers and professionals. So here are the ones I think I am closing in on in my little "pool" of choices. Unless of course any of you fine folks have a better suggestion. So here is what I am currently looking at.Sony HDR-CX190Canon HF R20 with the Audio Technica ATR-55
if needed.Panasonic HDC-SD80JVC GZ-HM320ContourGPS
Now the contour may not be a camcorder BUT its small, can be mounted on my wind shield, on my head for when Im playing airsoft, and MAYBE could somehow be used in family events and outings. In addition it logs GPS. Now it does not have a viewing screen like a camcorder BUT with for a small cost and a free android app I can use my smart phone as a viewer for the camera and I can change settings live. HOW COOL IS THAT RIGHT? Then again to actually have a screen attached to the camera and not require another device of course seems to make more sense.
Any thoughts on any of these as far as what would be the best camera for $300 that will serve me well in my hobbies and perhaps even in my family life. I just want HD with good video quality and good audio. Thank you all in adnvance with any help you may be able to lend on this.