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For that much recording time you definitely need a camcorder with either a big hard drive or flash memory. I'm not sure what your budget is but Sony just released their king of the hill CX760 that has a build in 96 Gb flash drive for up to 7 Hrs of full 1080/60p recording at 28 Mbs or you can reduce the bitrate and get up to 12 hours of HD recording at around 5 Mbs. $1,500
I know Panasonic has a model with a built in hard drive that's 220 Gb! The HS900K will do full 1080/60p FOR OVER 18 HOURS!!! ;-) $1,100
Also if you get a HDV camcorder (like the Canon HV40) and you can connect a firewire cable to your computer and record indefinately (dependent on hard drive size). I've used this method for dance shows that last 3-4 hours and shoot non-stop. With this option also, you save a bunch of time because the footage is already on the computer so you don't have to sit down and transfer it later.
HDV is a dying format, so be wary, it's MiniDV tape based. Also, the HDV models allow you to use external storage devices through firewire like the Firestore.
Some of the newer HD camcorders have SDXC slots and you can get up to 128 Gb cards for a cheaper camera (i.e. Canon M50) the cam is About $550 but the memory card is about $160 or so.
Those are some options to get you headed in the right direction. The cheapest option is the HDV option with the Canon HV30, the other cams are at $1,000 - $1,500. You can get a used HDV camcorder for about $600 or less and you're all set.
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