Would really love some help guys ;-)
I have been researching like crazy but not finding exactly what I am looking for as of yet :-(
I love my Cannon HV30 which is great… but I hate the extra work involved to import the video over using something like iMovie.
I really need something I can turn on... record... and then hook up to my imac and drag and drop the videos files over.
I have mainly been using my Kodak Zi8 for most of my videos because of the ease of use and the simple drag and drop of the finished video (.mov) over to my iMac 2011.
I mainly use my cams for quick training and sales videos for my membership sites and youtube.
All my videos go on the web and usually I stick to about 720x405.
I use a wired lapel mic and plug it directly into the Zi8 Here is the mic: http://www.giant-squid-audio-lab.com/gs/gs-mono.html
about 1-3 times a year I will be using the camcorder to record live seminars that will last 5-10 hours a day for 2-3 days as well.
I am looking to step up my camera from the Zi8 but need to keep it tape-less but keep it under $1,000
The most important features for me are:
1. Has mic input and would be great if it was "plug-in power," that has voltage outputs from between 1.5 to 9 volts
2. Records in .mov or .mp4 and or can just drag and drop the finished file over like I do now with the Zi8 (Mac compatible)
3. Would be great if it has a viewfinder that could rotate/ swivel for self shot videos like the HV30 has
4. Must be tapeless
5. Would be great if I could use my current wide angle lens and hood cover so I wont need to purchase a new one. I understand I might need to buy a new ring though.
Thanks in advance guys :-)