I am involved in a project where I want to use the output from the AV and/or HDMI sockets of a Sony HD camcorder whilst it is in PAUSE or RECORD mode, ie use the signal output to drive a monitor.

In the old days, all the camcorders did this and output a signal at all times, but when I ask sales people about the modern breed of HD camcorders, I get conflicting answers!

I don't want to buy an expensive camcorder and then find it won't do the job!

Any ideas please?