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    Hello,

    I'm looking into consumer camcorders that 1) are good enough to shoot an amateur documentary, and 2) can take an external microphone input in case I need to record interviews without surrounding noise.

    Are Chinese camcorders as seen on AliExpress any good, or should I just go for higher-priced Japanese hardware?

    Thank you.
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    I wouldn't touch ANY of those with a 10 foot pole!

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    Thanks.

    So at this point, it looks like Chinese camcorders just aren't good enough (yet?), and I should spend more and get Japanese brands like Sony or Panasonic.
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  4. The Yi 4k camera seems to be OK. It gets good reviews on the DV forum. And it looks like it will accept a external microphone.
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    Yes, but it's an action cam, so it won't let me record a 2-3h conference.
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    I'd only get something like that to give to a kid, and not care what happens to it.

    - You dropped it? Did it bounce?
    - Somebody stole it? They'll be disappointed at the pawn shop.
    - The dog ate it? Hope he enjoyed the treat.
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    Understood.

    I'll shell out a few hundred /$ and get a Japanese camcorder.
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