On Wednesday, I graduated from 6th grade. As a present, my mom gave me a Fry's gift card for $200. I want to buy my first camcorder, but I don't know what to get. I don't really know much about them. I did a little research, but don't know what. I am planning to spend a little of my money to add to the cost, but I still need a pretty cheap one, under about $250.
I was planning on getting either a Sony DCR-HC48 or a Sony DCR-HC38or a Sony DCR-HC32 which my school got but they had some problems with the sound. Sometimes it would show up, sometimes it wouldn't. I don't know if that was the problem with USB import, the actual microphone, all camcorders like it, or just that one camera.
I sort of want a Sony camera because it has "super nightshot" which is an infrared camera with an infrared light on the end. Which one?
EDIT: I also want it to be firewire compatible. I would prefer a Hard drive camera, but those are more expensive, are there problems with MINI-DV?