I am a complete newbie to the world of video making, but I want to get my hands dirty. I'm looking to buy a camcorder under $1,000 that will meet my needs.
Basically, I'd buy a cheap video camera and just start making movies - but I can't see the point. I might make this amazing video which will be totally worthless because of the poor video quality. So, that's what I'm going for. I want really good video quality, but I don't need all sorts of extra features.
What I'm leaning towards right now is the Canon Vixia HF10, from the reviews I've read it's pretty solid. It can record in high-definition and seems pretty simple to use. The bad manual focus seems like a big downfall though, but the fact that it uses flash memory (from what little I know) seems to be pretty nice.
Can you all try and give me a direction in what I should go with? I know nothing about camcorders, so keep the terminology simple if you could.