If you go the HD Camcorder route, one thing to think about is how you will then create true HD video to play on your HDTV. Unless you play back from your camera, plugged into your TV via HDMI, you will need to then get a HD-DVD burner and software that will handle HD video. It can be done, but this may put you into costs you didn't want to spend. Many computers come with a DVD burner and software that is capable of burning standard-def DVDs, so this route may not cost anything. If standard-def discs are OK, then why worry about a camcorder that shoots HD?
I will start off by thanking all of you in advance for reading this and possibly offering some insight. We just had our first child and I need to buy a camcorder in the next week. I've done quite a bit of research but I can't bring myself to make a purchase, because their seem to be so many pros AND cons to each one I consider. I have a Sony HDTV, 1080p at home. I was pretty much decided on the Sony DCR-SR200, but if I'm going to spend $800 on a camcorder, I wonder if I should spend $200 more and get a high definition one - like the Canon HV20. I'm not a professional, but I'd like to get a camcorder with a hard drive, that has excellent video quality and sound and very good low light performance. I also wonder if since I have a HDTV I should get the high def camcorder - but then if I do that, does that raise a bunch of issues.problems with editing, burning etc. that would be much easier with a non-HD one. Thanks very much for any help you can give. Joe