What are you going to be video taping Paul? Are you needing a zoom lens or is it all for close up? There are some DSLR cameras like the canon rebel ti versions that can do HD video, but allow you to use various lenses for different settings. I've got a sony as well, but with the dvd-rw, which is a little older. I like the camera itself, but I wasn't very happy with the steps I had to go through to convert the dvd to something I could email. Had to end up using third party software. They've probably improved this, but I think the dvd-rw takes more power to run and shortens the recording time too, so I'd probably go with the type Brent recommended myself next time or a DSLR with the capability.
He's right though, I find myself grabbing the camera that is the least obtrusive when I go to places/events that I'd want to use it. I've only lugged my DSLR on one trip with me, between lugging it and my laptop I was wore out at the end of the trip.
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