The first ones up to bat are Sony's Handycam HDR-SR11 and HDR-SR12 ($1,000 to $1,200 retail). If you remember from the $500 to $1,000 range camcorders, Sony had quite a few really nice models for that price range. Here, they've taken the features from those models and just really improved upon them.
The HDR-SR11 packs a 60G hard drive while the SR12 is loaded with a 120G hard drive. If you're like most of us, a lot of data usually just sits in your camcorder for a long time. If that's the case, this is a perfect feature for you. Both of these models can take still pictures, eliminating the need for a backup digital camera. And, above all, they produce superb videos and easily fits into your hand for comfort.
One of the drawbacks to these models is the touch screen. If you like your controls at the reach of your thumb, using the touch screen could be a little frustrating and may cause you to juggle the camera, perhaps messing up a shot. But, for two camcorders that provide such excellent, quality videos, it's well worth a little awkwardness.
Another newer Sony model is the HDR-FX1. At close to $5,000, this is a high rated prosumer digital camcorder. The HD images are hard to beat and provide for amazing video quality. It comes with 16:9 native capture. And, you can easily edit any images that you do capture with the down-edit feature.
The major downside to this camcorder is the audio. It's hard to control it manually so you may have to shell out a few more bucks for an external mike.