I want to use the webcam to live stream a class I teach. This means the camera will be across the room.
Is there any webcam that has an external mic jack? Or is using a camcorder the only way to use an external mic.
For that kind of setup, you will need to get a 'tape' camcorder with an external mic port.
You can go for a high definition tape camcorder (HDV) like the Canon HV30 or HV40 ($600-$700) or if your budget doesn't run to that, you could consider buying a used standard definition miniDV tape camcorder like the excellent Panasonic PV-GS250 with has 3CCD chips and the all important mic port.
You could pick one of these up on Ebay for around $200, which is a bargain. The picture quality is excellent and fine for web video.
I loved my Panasonic PV-GS250 and still have it. It's a great camcorder. You also won't get the usual problems with editing with HD, which is a bonus.
Hope that helps?
Mr Video :-)
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