Well, it's a personal decision. It may well be worth it to her for the higher Q picture. I'd just be sure to compare side by side to make sure that the $ diff (whatever that is these days) is worth it, as those other 'costs some with it (slower to edit, more storage required).
For family videos, I've found that the *content* is the thing. We have got as big a kick out of our old VHS and old family 8mm (or whatever that celluloid stuff was) as our new mini-DV recorder. Getting down to nitty-gritty quality comparisons just isn't a thought when you are watching your little one performing some little act that you forgot totally about.
Come to think of it, I'd pay more attention to the zoom (wide angle) and light sensitivity that I would the pixel count. I'll take a DVD quality shot that I can see over an HD shot that is buried in shadows any day! And the wide angle lets you get the whole group in a shot. Although I guess the 16:9 helps here.
Originally Posted by brianinsf
Hard drives in a Camcorder were a good idea when memory was expensive but now, not so much. If you want something to last, less moving parts are a good thing. One small jolt when the camera is writing to the drive and the HDD is toast and any scratches on the housing will be seen as "abuse" and void what little warranty you have on the device.
Are those HDDs the same kind as in iPods? They seem to hold up pretty well, but if I were to buy an HDD camcorder I would want to know that the HDD was easily replaced, and not a repair that would cost more than a new camera. I think you can get the drives pretty cheap now.