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Beginner here. Our first child is due after christmas, and I want to do the new dad thing and get a camcorder. I want to spend between 800 and 1000 on the camera. Want a digital camera that I will be able to record quality video, transfer to my laptop, do a little editing, and burn to DVD to share with the family. I think I want a compact recorder to take with us places.
I need a recommendation for the camera, software for the pc, and dvd drive for my laptop (dell 600m).
I'm totaly confused about all the formats and the pros and cons.