- Author: Michael L. Poe
Here’s a review with specs: http://www.camcorderinfo.com/content/Panasonic-HDC-TM700-Camcorder-Review-37681.htm.
That’s the one I’d buy today. It is all-digital (no tape), great picture, good low-light results and takes an external microphone. It has been in use since March and has very good rating by users.
Naturally, you should also have a tripod (<$100), a wireless mic system (<$200), headphones, and a spare battery. So budget for those items when you are planning your first camcorder purchase. Also, you should have a clue what editing program you plan to use and whether this camera produces video that is compatible without converting the footage to another file format.