It's that time of year when many of our little ones hit the stage and perform. Being a dad with active kids and a love for photography, I've been able to easily justify gear for the "still world". This year with our 5th grader in chorus and the little one doing skits at school, its time for me to jump into the video world. To date, our video memories have been with camcorders and cellphones. I've dabbled around with shooting video on my 7D, but am on the fence between using it or a camcorder. The latter of course being more "dummy proof" and able to record the events continuously in a trade off for quality. The camcorder we have is a Samsung HMX-Q10. Nothing spectacular by any means, but does decent 720p video. I honestly think it would suit our needs with video quality provided there's enough light. The weak-point for both of course is audio. I've watched way too many home movies with muddy sound and noise of people rustling around, banging on things, etc... I would really love to actually hear my kids with some clarity!
Which brings me to audio. The budget is kinda tight given its Christmas. I just picked up a set of Vanguard 263AT legs and a SBH-250 head for my photography needs, so I'm limiting myself to around $100-$150 on this. Would it be worth picking up a Tascam DR-05 and using the built-in mics? Could I just set this at the foot of the stage on a table-top tripod if they let me or does it need to be positioned differently? Or would I be better off with a shotgun condenser fed directly into my 7D, monitoring levels with Magic Lantern? I'm not even away of a mic option in that price range. I'm planning to setup in the back center of the room as to not to interfere with anyone else.
Our first event is a week from today (next Tuesday), so lots of practice for me between now and then. Appreciate and feedback, thanks much!!