They've got a very wide selection of camcorders, from cheapo standard ones to a few professional ones. Nearly all of them, over around $450, are HD video capable, and most record on SDHC cards or built in SSDs. Plus, their site is not too confusing and most cameras have a few customer reviews to check through.
I'm just so annoyed and confused, but I'm staying calm. Every website out there is just so jumbled up. CNET really is the only one that is actually organized and tried to clearly organized all of these camcorder specs. I just need some 3rd party human advice though.
I don't want to spend over $4,000. I would ideally like to stay under $3,000. I don't mind buying used, but don't want to unless it's really worth it.
I don't care much about HD, especially after reading CNETS 4 myths about HD. I'm editing off of a MacBook Pro with Final Cut Express, and would like great quality SD, with the option of recording in HD if I ever decide to.
I'm very concerned with audio. I need to have great audio controls for an external XLR mic or more that I would attach alllll the time.
I don't want to have to record to tape. I think a removable memory card is the way to go, instead of tape or built in hard drive.
It seems Cannon is the best brand, but if you've got any suggestions that are great, I'm open to any brand.