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Old July 7th, 2004, 11:42 AM   #1
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Camcorder Audio in Loud areas

Do most camcorders (sub $1000) have some way of limiting extremely loud audio during recording? For example, will most camcorders do a decent job of picking up sound at a live concert. I know not to expect great quality, but I was wondering if the sound would be blown out and distorted. Any recommendations on a good line of camcorders to look at would be appreciated. Thanks in advance.
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Old July 7th, 2004, 12:22 PM   #2
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Of course, every microphone has its upper limit before the mic itself can't handle it, but I believe that just about any consumer / prosumer miniDV camcorder will have Automatic Gain Control (AGC). A few of the prosumer camcorders allow you to switch to manual settings -- you pay more to get manual control of your audio! I'm pretty sure AGC is a "given."
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Old July 8th, 2004, 12:37 PM   #3
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The camcorder with on-board microphone will not pick up what anyone would call 'professional' quality sound. It just takes more and better placed gear than that.

That said, you will probably get a reasonable result with an on-board microphone unless you are standing next to the loudspeaker stack. Reasonable means that you will hear the music with the crowd sounds mixed right in.
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