Well, we finally dove in and bought a Panasonic SDR H200.  So far we are 
more than pleased with it.  It is unbelievably light.  It also truly 
fits in the palm of your hand.  I am a very small person and I find it 
comfortable to hold.  My husband who is definitely larger, also finds it 
very comfortable.  The screen has a nice resolution and the control are 
all logically placed.  I can stop, pause, play, and pretty much control 
the camera with my thumb without disturbing the camera.  It takes 
reasonable stills.  I think the audio is fine.  I haven't really had the 
chance to push this camera's limits yet, but I hope to do that really soon.

This site is the only one I have found to show the rear of the camera


Roger and Allison Kulp wrote:

> I would be interested in this,too.I would eventually be interested in doing DIY news,and political activism shorts,and uploading them to YouTube,LiveLeak,etc.  .
>                                    Roger 
> Tom Fine <[log in to unmask]> wrote: Hi All:
> Sorry for the cross-posts here.
> I am looking to buy a DV camera to take hiking and other travels.
> The requirements are:
> 1. small and light, hopefully smaller and lighter than a digital SLR camera.
> 2. rugged and needs to have reliablly long battery life.
> 3. simple to use. I am no advanced videographer here. I just need something to take good video and 
> not be hassle to use. As close to the equiv. of a point and shoot camera or fully-auto SLR camera 
> would be great.
> 4. cost is a factor. I do not need the latest greatest HD camera. Good, crisp NTSC is just fine 
> unless HD stuff is cost-effective and as small and easy to use.
> 5. either decent built-in sound quality or a jack for an external mic.
> 6. digital output so I can load the video onto my hard drive and burn DVD's. Firewire and/or USB is 
> fine.
> 7. I'm assuming anything I'd want uses tape. The format would best be cheap and readily available.
> In my experience, I tend to have a bias against Sony products, but I'd consider one if it were head 
> shoulders better for the same cost. The problems I've had with Sony have always revolved around 
> stupid design or, more often, crappy build quality and zero customer support. I very much like our 
> little Canon point and shoot -- in fact it's what's gotten me keen on video. I love my Nikon D70 SLR 
> but it is big and heavy and there are some situations where I'd rather shoot video to tell the whole 
> story.
> I don't see me making long "creative" "movies," more like short hits that are more about "this is 
> what I see right now" visuals where the scenery is too big and too spectacular for my photographic 
> skills to tell the story in a still image.
> Hopefully, I'm describing what I need correctly. I don't know enough about digital video to say "I 
> need these specific specs." That's what I'm hoping to gleen from your wise advice.
> Thanks in advance for all help/suggestions.
> -- Tom Fine
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