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    As the title says I am now looking to purchase equipment to do interviews/ Club Night reviews etc.
    I have done this before but was always lucky enough to have my friends camera's and the radio station I worked for Recording equipment.

    I have now moved to Australia which is the other side of the world for me and looking to buy some new equipment to video and audio record interviews and take pictures of the night.

    I want all the equipment to be of good quality as I do not like to half ass things. I also want a photographer camera for personal use as well as I would love to take up photography as a hobby and so I can take interesting pictures while I am traveling about over here. Is there a camera that can act both as a video cam corder and photography and to a very good standard not altering the quality of either or?. Also can there be external audio equipment plugged into these?

    I apologise if this all sounds muddled but basically I want an on the road interviewing equipment of good quality. I am willing to spend a bit of money on this but not break the bank.

    Thanks in advance
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    There's lots of SLR cameras out there that can do pretty good video ranging from around $700 to $7000. Most of the Zoom, Tascam and other handheld recorders will work for audio.

    https://www.google.com/search?q=hand...hrome&ie=UTF-8

    https://www.google.com/search?q=rebe...w=1592&bih=885
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    Quote Originally Posted by photojojo View Post
    There's lots of SLR cameras out there that can do pretty good video ranging from around $700 to $7000. Most of the Zoom, Tascam and other handheld recorders will work for audio.

    https://www.google.com/search?q=hand...hrome&ie=UTF-8

    https://www.google.com/search?q=rebe...w=1592&bih=885
    Are there any good mics that hook directly to the DSLR. Something that will save me from syncing it later.

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    Lighting is key. And for a couple hundred, you can get a reasonable and portable lighting solution for video.

    http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_no...owboy+lighting

    I most cases, running the video out of the camera to a separate recorder will give better results...the sound can also be routed to that same recorder after passing through a mixer of some kind. You can pull sound from multiple lav mics and combine it all seamlessly.
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    Audio has been the Achilles heel of the SLR video cameras. I'm not real up on what's new so you'll need to research it some. In my opinion good audio is the most important part. People will watch a poorly recorded video if the audio is good.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LXJ View Post
    Are there any good mics that hook directly to the DSLR. Something that will save me from syncing it later.
    Any good DSLR will have an 3,5 mm jack audio in. So just about anything will work.
    Most DSLR come with a built in mic that only supports mono. Though more recently stereo is added more often. But picking up a DSLR with a mono built in mic is a possibility. Watch out for that.


    My mom has a Nikon D5100 (but I use it more than her, since I'm more tech-savy) and have not tested it's audio capabilities yet.
    If you 're wondering about video, well it's probably good enough. But is it (crazy) good ? No.

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    For SLRs keep in mind the lens makes a huge difference as well. Grab a 50mm portrait lens for a great interview look. I was looking for a wireless audio solution in case I wanted to interview people on the street and my camera man needs to run after me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LXJ View Post
    Are there any good mics that hook directly to the DSLR. Something that will save me from syncing it later.
    Yes, tons. Get a battery powered shotgun condenser mic that mounts to the top of your camera.

    My DSLR doesn't have mic in so I use my iPhone to record audio with the Fostex AR-4i.

    If my camera did have line/mic in I would get the Rode VideoMic. It's a great bang for your buck.

    Here they are bundled together - http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...Interface.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by LXJ View Post
    For SLRs keep in mind the lens makes a huge difference as well. Grab a 50mm portrait lens for a great interview look. I was looking for a wireless audio solution in case I wanted to interview people on the street and my camera man needs to run after me.
    Lens is everything.

    http://www.definitionmagazine.com/jo...ll-places.html

    That's an article about the movie 127 being shot with DSLR cameras. Check out the lens they put on that.

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    You could record video with a good DSLR and audio with a good handheld digital audio recorder and then sync it together with Final Cut Pro using the audio track as the sync. Even better, shoot from multiple angles with a couple of iPhones and have multi cam takes that look very professional.
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