Since the untimely demise of my JVC video camera some months ago, I've been stuck using my point & shoot Canon for my most recent videos (which accounts for the poor quality). But today, my new Sony Handycam finally arrived to save the day!
I really prefer hard drive cameras for backpacking since there's nothing to open to change tapes or mini DVDs and allow sand or dirt to sneak inside. The 30 GB capacity should be more than adequate for most of my backpacking trips but it is a hybrid so I can also add a memory card for additional capacity if necessary. One cool thing I like about this camera is that it has infrared so I can take cool Les Stroud style nighttime videos. At 14 ounces, it's certainly not UL but for me, all the features this camera has on board is worth the weight. Hopefully, this will help me take my videos to the next level.