i'm looking at buying a camcorder but cannot deside which one. 8mm or digital. i really don't want spend more than about $700 on one. what are some of your opinions as to makes and models, things to look for, features, etc?
If this is your first camera, I would definately go digital (miniDV) rather than 8mm or Hi8 or even Digital 8. There are a lot more options from a lot more companies and you'll generally get a better product for the price. You should be able to pick up a decent one for $700. My favorites are Cannon and Sony. If possible, go for higher optical zooms over higher digital zooms. Go for Lithium Ion batteries rather than NiCd or NiMH. Other than that, the features depend on what you'll be using it for and your personal preferences.