Well, after my fun experiences with the movie facility on my Canon Ixus 50 (and after the help given by you lovely people on here!), I'm seriously considering splashing out on a proper camcorder. Having spent *hours* on the internet, bought all the magazines, I'm still a bit bozzled by all the choice and specs.
Just wondered if any of you experts out there had any recommendations. These are (I think) the sorts of specs I'm looking for....
1 Reasonable low-light perfomance, since I've already been asked to do some filming in nightclubs
2 DV-in (probably) since backing up projects back to DV tape seems like a good idea
3 Zoom - not too fussed about an extreme zoom, so anything more than 15x
4 Budget - up to about £300, but maybe £350 or £400 for something exceptional
5 Good sound quality with little pick-up of cam noise. A mic jack and hotshoe would be *very* nice.
6 Good battery life - or, at the very least, cheapish spare batteries.
7 Don't need any in-camera effects or digital zoom.
8 Wide angle lens (or an affordable wide-angle attachment) would be a nice bonus, especially for interiors.
Hope that helps. When I was buying my Ixus, I found lots of sites with full specs, reviews, the ability to compare cams side-by-side; but video seems to be in its infancy, and sites like that are few and far between, at least at the mo.
Any pointers or suggestions would be hugely welcome!