I started a thread the other day about editing packages and whether a certain one will edit video from an Aiptek AHD200 camcorder. Well I was advised to go for a standard definition miniDV camcorder instead, and although I'd already done my research on that, I've had second thoughts. I've realised how much I'd regret buying a camera with no optical zoom, no stabilization, and various low-quality issues in the result - All for the sake of HD. So, I've looked at alternatives. I've done a lot of research on this and I know that for editing, it's better to get miniDV. Well I cannot find any miniDV camcorders new, and in my budget (sub 200GBP). All I can find are standard definition flash memory camcorders. So my question is, am I going to be content with that and will I be able to edit my video well using their MPEG2 format, with Sony Vegas Movie Studio 9 Platinum?
I'm specifically looking at the Panasonic SDR-S26 by the way, as that has excellent reviews and good features for the price.
Alternatively, am I missing any miniDV cameras for less than 200GBP that are still around to buy new? I won't buy something like that second hand.