Originally Posted by twelvexes
Looking for a camcorder under $2,000 that must be excellent in the following situation...
Shooting a play on stage indoors in good light from at least 100 feet away AND provide crystal clear video when zooming in on someone's face from that distance.
Is that even possible?
(4K? Come on! The OP sounds like he wants to take a movie of his kid. If he is a pro, he would not be asking that question, here or anywhere.)
I see it is your first post here. Welcome.
You did not say if you are trying to create something for yourself or trying to "produce" a video for public consumption. You also didn't provide any background on your personal skills relating to photography and videography.
I've done plenty impromptu shooting like that at grade school and middle school performances with a Sony HX9V hand held. It is a three year old "point & shoot" with good video specs and decent zoom. My family and I like the results. I stand in the back with all the other parents and grandparents. The variety of equipment that shows up is part of my entertainment.
I think you would get excellent results with a Panasonic FZ200 set on a very solid tripod. It has a F2.8 lens and a lot of zoom. Set to shoot in 1080p60, you'll get great quality on any 1080p60 HD TV. You will need the tripod to avoid camera shake when you aim the camera and zoom in for the face shots.
Audio will be the hard part. Unless you have control over the production and can be in charge of the sound system, you will struggle. If you are 100 feet back and not plugged into the theater's sound system you have a challenge. Any current camcorder will get it, including all the echos and audience noises. There are settings you can change in the camera that can help. But, if you want better, you will need to set up a better sound recording system and mix it in on your computer in software.