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I'm looking to purchase either a camera or a camcorder which

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I'm looking to purchase either a camera or a camcorder which will allow me to take good quality pictures and videos with good sound quality. Some of the videos I will be recording the quality of the audio pickup needs to be great. For example in a wedding when the bass notes drop currently it is all distorted so I need a camera or camcorder to reproduce those notes properly. What are the pros and cons of going with an camera as opposed to a camcorder?
Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: Camera and Video
Expert:  Michael replied 11 months ago.

Hi, good morning,

What I would recommend for you is a good quality camera that also takes video.

There are many of these on the market and Best Buy is an excellent place to get one for a great price.

The newer Canons are really very good and come with high def lenses so you can see every detail, its actually quite amazing.

They are digital so there is no tape, everything is stored on a disk.

Here is a site I would recommend for you:

There are so many depending on your budget. The Nikon's are also very good but more expensive.

The best thing to do though, is to visit the store near you because they run deals all the time where you can save quite a bit of money.

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Customer: replied 11 months ago.
Michael your answer is very vague at best. I'm looking for real world users with detailed response. Please opt out so others can respond.
Expert:  Russell H. replied 11 months ago.

Hi, thank you for contacting My name is Russell. I will do my best to provide the right answer to your question.

Having read your question, and having read the first response by the previous Expert, I feel that what you really need (for really good sound recording while taking video) is a camera *or* camcorder, but one with a good-quality (as far as dB of frequency response and recording, and so forth, goes...) external microphone plug-in jack.

With the right external microphone, as well as a good camcorder or camera, you can record the audio properly even down into the bass, as well as take good video.

The reason I would recommend a good external microphone jack capability, is that the microphone in a really compact video recording digital camera or camcorder, is rather small, and so its ability to record low frequencies is challenged. And external microphone can be larger, thus able to handle lower pitched sounds too.

Aside from that, do you have any preferences as to method of recording, whether you will be processing or editing the video on an Apple computer or on a Windows PC, and whether you would prefer a high-quality-still-photos capable camera, or just a camcorder for just video recording?

Let me know, please, and I will give a detailed and sufficient answer.