I know very little about camcorders, but I'm learning. I'm into SONY right now.
I have my Sony Handycam DCR-HC26
It's not the best of the bunch, but it does what I want to. Download to my harddrive, etc.
It's still a mini-DV, meaning that you record digitally onto tapes. I still like the tapes of the the harddrive as I can remove a tape and throw another one in.
A tape for my paintball junk, one for the kid, one for the wife... ahem...
I DID want a better camera, and just purchased a DCR-HC65
Here is the auction I just won. http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...4626&rd=1&rd=1
I was FINE with the older one, BUT, it was not compatible with my helmetcamera, as there was no input jack. I mean... WHY do you want to record onto a camcorder? I understand... So I'm buying a new camera for that, and with my two tripods, I'll use the other camera for other angles!