Out of all the camcorders I have tried, I think Sony has the best low light quality. They are all very similar when it comes to outdoor filming in sunlight, but Sony shines when the lights get dim. They also have the nightshot mode which is cool if you want to shoot in total darkness. I have read that there are some problems with the HC85, I own a TRV70, and I am very happy with the low-light quality. I would see if you can find a Trv70 or 80 online. They are last years models, but have a larger CCD than the new models. Plus you can probably get one for a very good price. Hope this helps
I need help finding the right camcorder I will be mainly filming outdoors with wildlife being my primary target so there will be alot of low-light filming I would like to keep it under $1000 but it should also have pretty a good optical zoom I have looked at the Sony dcr-hc85 the Panasonic pvgs200 and the Canon Optura 40 but I'm not sure if one of these would fit the bill or if there may be something else out there that would work for me.