I'm looking for a camcorder that
a. is inexpensive. To my knowlege, miniDV is the least espensive, so I've been looking at those. Under $300 is ideal, but I'll spend a little more if necessary.
b. has a input for an external microphone + a built in mic. I know I'll need this.
c. has easy to use, smooth zoom features. I want to zoom slowly or quickly, and not be frustrated with it.
d. has long battery life + charger, or external power source
e. has zoom of at least 20x from approx 35mm wide angle, but 28mm would be preferable (in 35mm camera terms)
f. has image stabilization
Unfortunately, I can't specify these parameters when searching for a camcorder on the net or in a store (amazon.com or Best Buy or where ever). Can anyone specify a recorder that meets these specs? Please help if you can.