I wondered if one of you could help with, hopefully, a fairly simple question? As the title states, I've got no idea whatsoever about the whole camcorder market but I would like to know which one would best suit my requirements. These are:
1) A camcorder which enables me to create a video blog and upload it to a website. Here, simplicity is the key. Also, I want it to look fairly professional and, therefore, I might have to do some degree of editing.
2) I'm initially looking for a camcorder which will be able to take recordings of a newsreader-style (i.e. a person behind a table) event. Following this, I'm hoping to be able to shoot outside and will probably need something able to work in a wider-screen (perhaps not the correct terminology) style.
Furthermore, are there any other things that I need to buy other than the camcorder? I presume, for example, that I would need a tripod?
Since I am a total beginner, I'm not really looking for loads of fancy features, buttons etc. As regards budget, I suppose something up to £500.
The chap in a well-known high-street store reckoned that everything in his shop would suit my purpose and that nobody would be able to tell the difference between a camera costing £150 and one costing £500. He said that the only difference was the way that the data was stored, i.e. on a DVD, a hard disk etc. and, thus, the length of recording time. To be honest, I wasn't exactly convinced by this and, hence, my question.
Thanks in advance for any advice given