Originally Posted by greekman14
i agree with both of you that the M41 is far superior...and even the newer M52 would be even nicer to have. however, i am not a professional video guy by any means. this will simply be to get some video of our family life that we haven't got in over 10 years (when we had an 8mm). so that being said, is the R32 still adequate to have a good picture and to capture our family moments.
another thing to give you an idea, as much as i would love a SLR camera, i still don't have one of those because i don't see spending money on it when we don't use it that often (as this will be too im sure).
The other thing I wanted to say that if you're just looking for something casual, like for family, but still want HD; you can also get a point-and-shoot that does HD.
For example, Canon PowerShot ELPH 300 HS $230.35
will shoot 1080p video:
Plus there are dozens of other choices from Panasonic, Sony, etc. that are cheaper, too. There are also ones that shoot HD 1280x720.
These camera take high megapixel photos/most camcorders don't.
The advantage of these versus a "camcorder" is the price, they are pocketable, small and light. You can get more spontaneous, candid shots.
A camcorder, something like the HF M40 has to be dragged out and is not as convenient.
The advantage of a camcorder is that you can buy extended batteries, shoot continuously for long periods of time without having to restart, the image quality and stabilization will be better.
If you're going to go with the R32 for price reasons, you might as well go lower and just get one of these cameras. If it's R32 versus HF M40 and you must have a camcorder - the HF M40 is the choice.
The point-and-shoots with HD video are something to consider. If you eventually get into videography, you can always get a more serious camcorder later.