After a ton of research I finally pulled the trigger on buying a new camcorder to replace my old 8mm Sony. I settled on the new Sony DCR-SR300 and I have been impressed. This is a standard definition camcorder with a 40Gig hard drive built in. I have always hated mini-dv because of having to play the tape back to get the files off the camcorder. With this one, all I have to do is drag and drop the mpeg2 files off the camcorder onto my computer. And since the files are already in DVD mpeg2 format, you save serious time encoding DVD’s.
But the best feature is that the camcorder is also advertised as a 6 megapixel camera as well. The sensor is really only a native 3 megapixel CMOS sensor, but it still takes really good pictures for a camcorder. It’s got a powerful flash and with the 40gig hard drive, you can take tons of pictures. At Disney I took my Fuji camera and the camcorder. The first day, I took both to the park and switched back and forth. The camcorder worked so good that we left the camera at the hotel the rest of the week. It is really convenient to take both pictures and video with the same small unit. You can also take a few pictures while you are videoing. The video quality looks good, especially in daylight. It’s a lot better in low light than my old camcorder, but it could be a little better. Overall, I plan on using this thing all the time.