I am looking to buy a camcorder for my brother's birthday as his wife and him are expecting their first child and are very much looking forward to filming all the exciting moments.
I am looking for a HD one that records on SD cards as it is less cumbersome, cheaper and more reliable than mini DV/DVD/Hard Disk. Ideally it would have low lag between pressing the record button and the device actually recording. I would also like it to be waterproof as they live by the coast and would likely take the little one to the beach.
I have a budget of £250, stretching to £300 if it is THE perfect camcorder. At the moment I am looking at the Sanyo Xacti VPC-CA9 which Amazon are currently selling for £275.
Looking forward to your advice and will happily add rep to useful replies.