If I were you I would increase the budget a little bit($900-$1100) and buy either a Canon HV30 or Sony HC9. Both are HDV-Camcorders which can record in HD or SD format to tape. Even better, you can do all recordings in HD(high definition) format but let the camcorder output the footage in SD or HD. This means if you don't have a HDTV and a blueray player yet you can just use the camcorder as a HD-to-SD downconverter and years later, when HDTV will be common you will be happy to have all your recordings of your baby already in HD format.
I would not recommend any Harddisk or memorycard HD camcorders because their format(AVCHD) only creates problems on most PCs.
Baby coming in 7 months. Previously planned vacation is only 4 weeks away. Need to purchase a camcorder that will do great in both outdoor(vacation, ice fishing, summer fishing, my dogs) as well as great indoor (endless hours of my first child, christmas's, WCHA hockey games). Preferred budget is under $800. Want to purchase in next 2 weeks. I've went through the cnet best sellers but with flash, hard drive, HD, face detection, image stabilization etc it gets more confusing. In the end, I just need a good overall camcorder with at least 3 hours of recording that both I and my wife can use. Note: I am NOT a big fan of touch screens LCD's...have a touchscreen phone and found those to sometimes be tougher to use or get all smudgy by the end of day. Prefer recommendations of specific camera's instead of other weblinks to view. thanks in advance