I get a LOT of people requesting information on an inexpensive microphone that can be used with a Kodak Zi8 Pocket Video Camera
Zi8 camera (which has an external microphone input) or any consumer or prosumer camera that’s cheap, easy to use and gets decent results.
Here’s one that’s only $23.99 from Amazon:
And in case you’re looking for an excellent deal on Kodak Zi8 replacement batteries, check this out – I found some that work for $9.95 each! (better than the $25 Kodak charges 🙂 )
Also check out these 16G or 32G SD cards, allows for several hours of recording time, very good investment.