.... from Sanyo!? I've been looking for a while for a new camcorder to replace my Sony DCR-PC5E which uses MiniDV tapes and is a bit of a pain in terms of digitising the clips.
I've arrived at the Sanyo Xacti HD1000, seems the only place that stocks it is Jessops. High Definition recorder that uses SD\SDHC cards & can record 85 minutes of full 1920x1080 HD MPEG-4 material on a single 8Gb SD card.
A stunning 38-380mm optical zoom range (35 mm equivalent), with 10x digital zoom added make it a combined equivalent of 100x zoom total.
Battery life is good, but the best bit is the way it handles, ergonomically it's just perfect, sits in the hand very comfortably. It really is easy-to-hold and easy-to-shoot with.
Loads of other features such as adjustable resolution modes, image stabilizer, in-camera editing, super fast startup at under 2 seconds, easy PC connectivity and a HDMI output built in all stack to make this a very impressive small camcorder.