I looked at my last post and the link to the video was missing. I've corrected it. Or you can use this link: https://vimeo.com/25088008
I took a cruise ship trip in Europe last year. I took both the HX9V and the more expensive camcorder. I alternated days ashore with the cameras. Certainly the bigger one can get better audio and has a lot more user controllable features. It has things like mic jack and viewfinder as well.
But, as a tourist, the little camera caught clips the bigger camera would not. For example, most shops that appeal to women have a bench outside for husbands. Sitting there with a small "snapshot" camera does not intimidate the local residents nearly as much as a "camcorder".
Tourist things like stopping for lunch is easier because you can park the little camera safely in a pocket.
I've been in a few places where "video cameras" are not allowed. One was a college football game!
My grade school aged granddaughters and I were invited to shoot a documentary of a family elder at a summer reunion. Light and background noise were bad. One granddaughter had the little camera and the other, the bigger one. I'm the editor and, depending on the changing circumstances, like harsh sunlight, quality of footage varies between the two. In editing I switch back and forth and, in the end, you can't tell which is which.
Although it does not look like a traditional camcorder, you have a very good one -- even it it took three tries!