Advice needed for a novice please.
My daughter (aged 10) wants a camcorder for Xmas. I therefore want something simple and robust (and cheap). However, I'm taking the family on holiday to the US (Grand Canyon, Yosemite, etc) and would like to make some good quality scenic recordings while there that I can replay on my 1080p TV. 720p would probably do, though 1080p would be preferable.
I'd prefer SD card recording to tapes or DVDs, and don't need long recording times. Sound needs to be just OK, not fantastic. Also must be editable on a PC running Vista - no interest in a Mac-only solution, and don't want a big performance converting from Mac-friendly formats.
I've read reviews of HD camcorders like the Aiptek in the £80 - £150 range that vary from 'pretty damn good for the money', to 'total waste of time'. Is it remotely realistic to combine my requirements into a single device?
Any pointers much appreciated.