At a local Best Buy in Pittsburgh, I bought the last Sony HDR-HC3 for $899 that they currently have in stock? (The salesman speculated that the price was reduced in order to clear these out since newer models, HDR-HC5 and HDR-HC7s, are now available) This seems like a great price.
I'm mainly interested in taking HDTV video of family events (birthday's, kids' baseball games, etc.) and family vacations. I would like to be able to do basic edits and add fades and titles to come up with a nice (but not professional) looking final video. I currently don't have a camcorder. These events are happening in the short term so I really don't have much time to wait.
So, what regrets could I have buying this camcorder?
Should I splurge and buy the HC5 or HC7?
And, 1 final question, this model is specified as capable of taking video in 5 lux. If I take a picture in the dark with someone blowing out lit birthday candles, will it look okay?
I currently have not opened the box (since I don't want to incur the 15% restocking fee if I return it). So, I'm hoping that I get some good feedback.