While Canon has obviously come out with their big guns, Sony, too, has raised the bar with their new camcorders. The Handycam HDR-SR10 40GB Camcorder ($650 to $1,000 retail) is quite impressive. The Face Detection technology on this model actually works and keeps those who you want most in frame sharp. The HDR-SR10 also comes with its own optical image stabilization technology, Super SteadyShot.
But, what's really nice about this model is the internal 40G hard drive and full HD 1920x1080 resolution. For the price, the Handycam HDR-SR10 40GB Camcorder is hard to beat.
If you're in the market for a little bit more memory, then Sony offers the Handycam DCR-SR220 60GB Hard Drive Camcorder ($500 to $600). While it doesn't have as many bells and whistles as the HDR-SR10 40GB, you could definitely record every hour of your niece's graduation and your best friends wedding.
With this model, you have the option to save additional footage to an optional Memory Stick Duo card. So, there's really no excuse for missing little Susie's first pony ride. Plus, you could also take some really wonderful still pictures of the same event. But, buy an extra battery; the battery that comes with the camcorder doesn't last too long.
As the second to last article in this series, there is still one more group for the next indie director to fawn over, the $1,000 plus range. But, for now, these are the best picks for this price range.For more information on image stabilization technical, click here.