In general, I recommend that you get something with a good optical zoom. Here's a link that lists a number of good camcorders with zoom rangers from 25x up to 70x.
Specifically, I'd recommend the highest zoom you can get, which is right now 70x, with either the Panasonic SDR-H80 or Panasonic SDR-S26. The H80 has a hard drive that allows for a really long recording time. The S26 uses an SD card (like the card you put in most digital cameras). Both versions have a very effective image stabilization, which is important, especially when zooming in.
You can find out more about the Panasonic SDR-H80 (hard drive version) at:
You can find out more about the Panasonic SDR-S26 (SD card version) at:
I hope this helps.
We are looking for a video camera to film our daughter's high school and club soccer games.
We need to start making DVDs to send to college coaches.
I would like to keep it under $1000.
I need a recommendation of some models to look at.