I have read through dozens of camcorder reviews comparing Sony, Canon and Panasonic HD camcorders. I finally opted for the Sony SR12E after comparing them all at John Lewis.
This is the deal I have found.
Amazon currently sell the SR12E (full UK model) for £656.54. I believe this is the cheapest price in the UK. Certainly the cheapest from a reputable company. Sony are offering £60 cashback on this model until 31st December 2008. Simply mail them proof of purchase and they will send you a cheque.
Total price £596.54.