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Looking for advice on a new camcorder


I'm going to be in the market for a new camcorder soon, and have started the usual Consumer Reports and online research.  Needless to say, things have changed a lot since we bought our analog camcorder almost 7 years ago.

Do any of you loyal readers have advice on recording medium, as well as for a specific favorite model?  In particular, I'm still trying to wrap my head around the pros/cons of HDD vs. DVD vs. Flash memory.  I really like the idea of just being able to pick it up and start shooting without futzing with disks and remembering how much space is left or which disk to use, but are there downsides of hard-disk based camcorders that I should be weighing more heavily?

I'm not looking for High Def at this point in time, and while I don't want to spend a lot of money on this, I want something that's going to be easy to use and will last for a while, so cheapest isn't necessarily going to win out.

Any suggestions?