If all you're going to do is record directly to the computer, why would intermediate media be necessary? Also, I don't think the SR1 has that ability in the first place. Most other camcorders do however. Many do have mic-in jacks as well.
For the video, you will need:
DV/Firewire port on the computer
Firewire cable (connections depend on the camcorder and computer ports; check those first)
High def capture program (not sure what people find the best for high def video)
PLENTY of free computer hard drive space (if HDV, plan on at least 30GB per hour of video)
Do some research and see which other camcorders appeal to you.
Hi - what is the best way to record HD video directly to a laptop?
My laptop is a compaq nx9030 running WinXP.
Could I use a Sony HDR-SR1 camcorder to do this?
Bearing in mind I need a camera with HDD and a mic input is there a better option?