HD camcorder recommendations?

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  1. brumster

    brumster Midland Muppet

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    I'm toying with the idea of getting an HD-enabled camcorder for general use but am a bit kerfuddled by all the models which seem to have very little separating them...

    My first thought is to sell our Canon 40D and upgrade to a 60D. Then we have an SLR that can do both jobs - stills and 1080 video - and make use of the various lenses I've amassed over the years. I like the idea of retaining my selection of spare batteries that I already have for the 40D (assuming the 60D keeps the same type). Only one thing puts me off - the mono audio recording. Anyone used one - just how bad is it?

    So fallback option is to buy a 2nd dedicated camcorder for HD. This means price needs to be no more than £250; £300 max. I'm worried that this doesn't really buy anything near the quality of the 60D but it will at least be smaller - but the battery life on some of them seems atrocious, and at £40 a battery I can't afford to buy 2 additional batteries to take with me everywhere. Maybe the audio aspect isn't so much to worry about on the 60D?

    Any thoughts?
    Main criteria :-
    - Record to solid state
    - HD
    - Do a good 1hr of real recording on 1 battery
    - Practical enough that we will WANT to use it (is lugging a 60D around for the occasional family video practical?)
     
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    brumster Midland Muppet

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    Went to Jessops.
    Tried one in the hand.
    All good.
    Ordered.
    (Off eBay, certainly not from Jessops at their prices!)
    Case closed. Thanks for the advice :)