I'm very new to camcorders, current one is an old 8mm. It's only for used for family hols etc, but there are certain "features" I know I would like in my new one.
My question is: Does anyone know of a site that allows you to tick boxes or select from drop downs the features you want and then does away and returns all the manufacturers/models available with those features?
We're taking the kids to Lapland at xmas and want them to be able to look back in years to come and have a high quality DVD of their time there. Things I'll need to consider are size/weight/durability, light due to snow & limited daylight hours, and of course indoor filming with Santa etc, and to be able to come home & edit it on my pc and then burn to DVD.
The kind of things I think I want are...
DV In & Out
AV In would be nice (for future transfer of VHS to digital)
Optical Image Stabilisation
Good optical zoom (20x upwards)
Firewire (my laptop has firewire but only usb 1.1 not 2.0)
Ease of use for a newbie
...and the really tough one, under £250 (the 4 day trip is already costing around £4k)
If I wanted a new PC there are loads of site that let you pick the various components you most want and then find all the closest matches, but i cant seem to find any sites that do the same for camcorders or cameras.
Any help and advice would be very welcome.
thanks in advance