If you are able to get us to a short list of what you have found that might meet you requirements, we *could* help...
I *think* the closest you will get is a Canon ZR800. Amazon shows $198. 35x zoom. No nightshot or night vision. No camera comes with a good batter in the box. You need to get an extra one.
It is miniDV. That means 4-pin camera side to 4 or 6 pin computer side (depends which Firewire 400 port you have on your computer - or what you install).
Looking for a camcorder to take ok-good quality video for under $300.
I don't need something very fancy and highDef, just something for messing around with.
What I'm looking for:
Takes ok-good quality video in low light
Preferably flash, but miniDV is fine
preferably nightshot and night vision, but without is fine as well
good battery life
20x zoom or more
doesn't need to take photos or good photoas as I own a nikon D50 and sony dsc-w90
If miniDV, please explain what I need for it to connect to the PC(firmwire or w.e it is)and how.