We have a SONY HD camcorder bought it last year at best buy for Disneyland its great it has a view specially for fireworks i like it and its easy to convert videos and such with the program they have and its hard drive of 160 Gb hope i helped
DLR: 2001, 2002, 2005, 2006, 2009 may
WDW: 1993,1994, 1995, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2004, 2006, 2011
DLP: 1996, 2002, June 2009
TDL: July 2008, July 2010
HKDL: wishing it will be soon
I don't do a lot of heavy filming, but I LOVE my Flip Video. Simple, small, and easy to use... If you're looking more for serious filming, I would look elsewhere, but this definitely gets the job done for me.
Go to camcorderinfo.com or Google camcorder reviews. I have a Panasonic PV-GS150 and a Sony HDR-HC7. The Panasonic works great in sunlight but does poorly in low light. The Sony does great in sunlight and low light plus it has Nightshot , you switch to infrared and can video in total darkness( limited to 50 feet and is all green tinted ). Look for one with good low light performance or you won`t get good videos with good color for shots at night. You need to decide between Tape, mini DVD, or Hard drive to store what you capture.Mini DVDs are limited to 20min.or so. I prefer tape and then transfer to my computer to edit scenes. I also prefer a color viewfinder over the fold out LCD, in sunlight it`s hard to see whats on the LCD .
I have a 5 year old JVC Mini-DV, which takes pretty good footage. I also use a 70x Panasonic and use an SD card for that. It's similar to the Mini-DV, but the zoom is incredible, and the Optical Image Stabilization is fantastic. With that being said, on more recent trips I've been using a Sony, HDR-XR100. The HD quality is absolutley amazing, although the zoom isn't the greatest.
I've actually held one of my cameras in one hand, and the newer Sony HD in the other, and there's no comparison in image quality.
We have a flip, we also have another brand, I forget, it's about the size of the flip, only difference is the 3 inch fold out display and it's HD, also my camera records in HD, never bothered with it, I have stuck with still frames....maybe next time, it just seems a hassle when you start dragging around video on top of a camera.
Just got a Sony HDR-CX150. It only has a 16G hard drive, but Sony finally accepts both Memory Sticks AND SD Cards! Talk about a price break. 16G gives about 90 mins of full HD recording. Plus it also allows you to copy files straight to a hard drive without a computer... makes travelling a lot lighter.
Disney days for 2009: Disneyland:(27) / Tokyo Parks:(4) / WDW:(19) Total Days in the parks for 2009: 50! Disney days for 2010: Disneyland: (27) / WDW:(31) / DLRP: (6) Total Days so far in the parks for 2010: 63! D23 and Other events: Expo '09, Candlelight Spectacular '09, Magic and Merriment '09, D23 Anniversary DL/WDW, Studio Tour April '10, Disney Archives 40th Anniversary, Destination D: Disneyland 55, Disneyland Scavenger Hunt, Sip and Stroll '10, Tangled Screening, TRON Pop-up Shop, Magic & Merriment '10, Everest Challenge '09, Adventurer's Club Weekend '09, DL Candlelight '09, Gumball Rally '10, WDW Radio 24 Hour Live Show '10, Disneyland's 55th Anniversary, Pacific Northwest Mouse Meet '10, Mickey's Halloween 5k '10,WDW Radio Walkabout '10, ConGaloosh '10, DL Candlelight '10
One of the big reasons I upgrade from my Digital Rebel XT to a 7D was video recording capabilities. I'm loving being able to shoot pictures, flip quickly to record a video & then go back to shooting stills. It's a really nice ability!