I know there are a number of threads similar to this on here already, so please forgive another one, and help anyway
I'm not doing any professional video shooting, just family stuff - holidays, my dog while she's doing silly things around the house, vacations (especially a fishing trip my dad and I are taking to Canada this summer)... stuff like that.
I've tried doing a bunch of research prior to posting this, but I'm still pretty uneducated when it comes to the world of camcorders. It seems that when it comes to finding something with good overall performance and quality, the most important features/specifications are sensor size, optical zoom, effective video megapixels, 35mm equivalent video focus, and lux for low light. As a first step in my search, does that seem fairly reasonable?
Assuming I'm on the right path, how would those specs be "ranked" as far as importance? For example, I can find some camcorders that have a good sized sensor, but the focus length and effective video megapixels are poor. Are there thresholds on some of those specs where anything "better" wouldn't be all that noticeable for how I'd be using it and I should pay less attention as long as it meets that threshold?
That's kind of how I'd like to start my search since I'm not loyal to any brand, and my budget can flex a bit if necessary.
If I'm completely going about this the wrong way, hopefully someone is kind enough to point me in the right direction. Thanks experts!