entry-level camcorder. I would suggest either the ZR800 or ZR900 (they both have mic-in jacks for external mic use, but you may not need/want that). Since we don't know what you plan to use the camcorder for, it is impossible to make any actual recommendation.
As a miniDV tape based camcorder, it does not really need to be "Vista compatible". You will be transferring the video from the miniDV tape using the DV port on the camcorder (not USB). As such, the issue is merely having an operational firewire400 port on the computer. Once the firewire port is working, the communication protocol between the camcorder and computer over the firewire cable just works. This is different from USB where device-specific drivers are typically required (resulting in issues with "Vista compatibility".
Where you might run into issues is when you do use the USB port when trying to transfer stills stored on the SD memory card. Try with the camera first. If it works, great - if not, the easy (and cheap) way out of that is to get a USB-connected card reader. Take the memory card out of the camcorder an insert into the card reader and do what you want to the SD-card stored images.
Hi, I've been thinking about buying the new Canon ZR 950 digital camcorder. I was wondering whether or not you think that it is good for its price? Also, I would like to know if it is Windows Vista Ultimate compatible? Thanks!