I have recorded my share of video on some of the lower priced camcorders on the market and the video quality is usually very good, with HD resolution being common these days. What is also common is for you to have nice video quality and then have sound that is flat and not up to the same standards as the video.
Of all the camcorders on the market the Flip line are some of the most popular. They have HD resolutions and if the sound quality isn’t good enough for you, Blue Microphones has a new accessory for any Flip camcorder with the FlipPort.
The Mikey for Flip plugs into the FlipPort on the bottom of the camcorders and offers much better sound with Blue’s premium stereo condensers. The mic gets power from a AAA battery and has an integrated tripod mount. The Mikey has automatic sensitivity selection along with a switch or loud setting. Pricing is unknown at this time.