Originally Posted by Superdon1
The extra zoom might be handy, but only now and again I guess. As for the mic, again now and again it will be useful.
I am trying to get myself back into this as a hobby. I don't want to end up in a few months time wishing I had the option of an external mic and need to upgrade' as money is tight. I may even look to start doing some paid projects in the future (used to work as an editor/cam operator, but am long out of the loop).
The videos won't be for online viewing and so max image quality is one of my main requirements. But, if its barely noticeable difference......?
In an ideal world, I would go for the X900, but I just can't stretch my budget.
To clarify, the X800 will definitely have a better image. I didn't know what you were going to use it for. Something more serious, the X800 is going to look more professional.
Regarding the mic input; if you eventually need better audio than the X800 internal microphones, you can get a separate audio recorder, like a Zoom H1 or one of the cheaper Tascam models. These are battery-operated wireless recorders. Many of them, like the Zoom H1, are affordable.
..along with decent video editing software, like Sony Vegas Platinum and learn how to sync the audio in post. It's not difficult, you just have to get used to it/YouTube and the web have tutorials. You line up the separate camcorder and external audio tracks in the editor and then mute the camcorder audio...render the better external audio with the final video output. When you're first filming a take, you can create sync points like clapping your hands onscreen as to make it easier to line up the tracks later.
You can mount the recorder and camcorder on a light bracket and easily hold them together..many of the brackets have a 1/4" input so you can place it all on a tripod.
These seem like like an extra expense, but you don't have to buy everything at once; but at least you know there is an option to upgrade the audio.
Professional movies don't shoot audio into the camera, it's always done separately. Many professional videographers also capture audio separately as the audio recorder is wireless and can be placed anywhere; on a bracket, on a stand, on the other side of the room, etc.
This way you can get the X800 with the better quality video and upgrade your audio later, if need be.
Vegas Platinum 11
...or Vegas Platinum 12
how to sync audio with video
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