Do you just want a camcorder? Or the best of best for now until 90 days from now?
The FH1 is very respectable. And cheap relative to the competition. It does very well IMO. I chose it over an HV30, even an HG20. I'd rather have the audio input of the HD2000, but it wasn't available stateside at that time. I'm not sure if it is available even now. It's not the best of the best. But in terms of HD, you get FULL HD, and 60p. Which is more than a lot of others offer.
I'd be weary of some of those. You can't really get an 8MP image from a 3MP sensor. I suppose they found a way via 3 sensors, but how exactly is that rigged. And how easy is it to break that rigging if you drop your camcorder. Of if the UPS guy drops it. In either case something is fishy there.
My FH1 does 10MP or something like that interpolated. i.e. it best guesses all of the pixels that make up the difference from the 8MP that it actually records. I like the 8MP still of my FH1 better than the 10MP stills of my Kodak Z1085-IS.
Bear in mind that we're talking fractions OF AN INCH. 1/2 > 1/3 > 1/4. I mean 1/4 of an inch, think about that, and they have 2 million pixels of sensing tech in there. Or a rough approximation there of. A lot of these things only actually resolve 720 to 850 lines despite the 1080 vertical lines of the Full HD format. So you're not really getting what you paid for to start with. Factor in the compression of a video codec. And you really can't gauge quality by specs alone.
Canons are well liked. The optics are good, the focus is fast, and the stabilization is good too. Sony's tend to have a little better in the color department, but the sensors are slow giving you skew and jello shots. The 3x sensors of the Pana probably gives it decent color attributes, but that's about it. I'm color deficient myself (red/green) so that's not a factor for me to start with. In the end, it's still a crap shoot. And like PCs of the 90's, the second you buy one, one twice as good comes out a day later.
Right now the GH1 is well sought in the sub $2K realm. The Canon HF S series is the best that they offer in that realm at the moment. Samsung has made some nice ones in recent history. Even some of the Casios aren't too shabby. All consumer grade cams are crippled in some way relative to prosumer type stuff, which is generally crippled a bit too.
So it's really a factor of what are you willing to pay for? Manual focus WHILE RECORDING? Audio input? High bitrate codec? Name brand optics? On board storage? Long battery life? Easy to edit codec? Compatibility with generic accessories(lenses / batteries / shoe?)? View finder? Waterproof? ???