Currently using my Pana FH-27 or Flip cam for HD video & audio at concerts. The problem I am having is that the sound is too loud for the cheap built in mic. It overloads & distorts horribly. Is there a cam out there that can handle loud volumes without overloading? Under $300? Under $200? Starting to research the Samson Zoom Q3HD, but it only has a digital zoom. Any conventional HD cams that write to memory(internal or removable) that can accommodate high volumes, or some kind of sensitivity setting or switch to allow high volumes without overload? Sony, JVC, Panasonic, Canon. 8x zoom or better. Larger CCD sensor would also be great for better low light sensitivity. Thx, Scott
Scott - I think what we're having trouble with is your $300 price range. As you say, the $359 Q3HD has good sound and poor image quality (and no zoom) - while conventional cameras in this price range generally have poor audio and no external mic input.
And I haven't seen a consumer-level CCD camcorder in many years. I would say you have a couple of choices.
This new Sony cam looks very interesting for recording concerts. It's very compact and capable of recording Full HD 30p video while also recording Linear PCM audio. A 2.7-inch LCD is embedded into the side of the camcorder, and thanks to NFC-capable Wi-Fi, it's easy to use a smartphone or tablet as a monitor. It has a fixed lens though, so no zoom. Pricing is set at $299.
There might not be one good cam but yes options might be there, in case of taking snaps, Canon PowerShot SX230 will be good.
It has decent zoom and is portable enough to carry.
For some other options you can have a look here: camerasfor.net/best-point-and-shoot-digital-camera-for-concerts