I am thinking of upgrading my camcorder and was hoping to canvass some advice. HD seems to be the latest development but I cannot seem to find one with a decent optical zoom. They all seem very low, typically x12, while I would like something around x30. Does anyone know of a HD machine with a big enough zoom?
Also, there seems to be a trend of manufactuers to dispense with a viewfinder, making the user rely on the fold away screen. I always imgine this must be difficult to use in strong light. Has anyone got experience of shooting this way?
I don't use my camcorder for videoscoping. I tend to use it more on holidays to record the birds and places I visit and I'd be interested to learn about the preferred camcorders others use.