It really depends what you are looking for, but one that I can recommend after doing some research on it myself is the Canon FS300.
It seems to be a good quality standard definition camcorder with good optical zoom (37x) and image stabilization. It does not have a microphone input, though, if you care about that. I couldn't find any definitive info on battery life, but I think it might be around 3 hours, which is pretty good and certainly better than some.