short list will do you well.
Does your PC have a DVD burner? If not, that should be something you consider adding (internal or external). Also, does your PC have a FireWire port? You will need that to import the video from the camera...
If your DVD players (connected to your TVs), are older and you try to play formats it does not understand, you will get all sorts of error messages.
The bundled MovieMaker should be fine to get you started... what sort of budget would you consider for a movie editing application? Prices are all over the place.
Thanks to the 2 folks that recommended the review sites to look at.
I've gone through the reviews and have narrowed my choice down to 2 Camcorders. The Sony DCR-HC96 and Panasonic PV-GS320. I've not been able to see the Panasonic unit at a store yet but did see a GS300. In my mind I'm leaning towards the Panasonic units since I'm told the 3CCD gives brighter and clearer pictures than the single CCD. What are your recommendations on choice for me??
What is the difference between the GS 300 and 320??
Also what video editting software do you recommend. My PC has Movie Maker on it but it won't burn to DVD..only CD. Also I used Movie Maker to burn a slide show to CD but it wouldn't play in my TV DVD player. One of my DVD players said wrong format and the other said dirty disc (disk is new). What else should I have done??