Pretty much all consumer camcorders are fairly reliable.
Pretty much all consumer camcorders can have their video edited on a computer - some need a cable, some need converter software, some require your computer to have a firewire port.
Pretty much all camcorders in the price range you stated do not come with a "good battery" in the box.
Pretty much any consumer camcorder that uses memory cards (for stills) will be limited to the number of stills you can take/store unless you buy more cards.
Pretty much any consumer camcorder that uses memory cards (for video) will be limited to the amount of video you can capture unless you buy more cards.
So... miniDV tape is around $3 per tape, it is readily available, the tapes are small, and each tape can hold 60 minutes or 80 minutes depending on the tape you get and use SP mode - NEVER use LP mode.
Canon ZR900 or ZR930. Add a high capacity rechargeable batter from Canon. You will need a firewire port on your computer and a firewire cable.
I had a question. I am currently searching for a good digital camcorder, and to be honest I am on information overload. See, someone has offered to be me a camcorder for $350 or less but wants me to pick it out. I would like to find a good digital camcorder that is reliable for that price. I love to take videos and enjoy video editing on my computer. Picture clarity is important to me. I also don't want to spend a fortune for spare batteries, memory cards, etc.
I am going on a trip in november and would love to get it before then and have something that takes great videos that I can edit on my computer and yet can take quite a bit of footage while I am on the road. Any suggestions are appreciated!