my brotheres cam corder has packed up..it was an old jvc ...cracker in its day but nowt compared to stuff nowadays.
i myself have a sony HDR-HC9 and its awesome
both of our camcorders are mini dv, always found that to be easiest coz i can download edit etc but keep the tapes/ originals as back up without stuffing full a pc.
anyway what makes model would you recommend?
stay mini dv or go hard drive recorder?
and its gotta be budget....not bothered bout loadsa stuff that he'd never use...just decent optical zoom (mine is only 20x but more than enuff ) not bothered if no digital zoom .its crap .
would be mainly for general videoing of roe / wildlife etc and general /family stuff.. so hopefully summit thats pocket size
sauer / paul