Since I'm on a budget, I'm considering buying a factory refurbished Panasonic SD-90K as they are going for $329 shipped on eBay from several resellers. It looks like a great budget camera, and my primary use would be sports events ranging from my grandkids soccer, dance, football, and gymnastics to the occasional trip to the drag strip to watch friends from my car club race. I have a Nikon D300 DSLR, the iPhone, and a Sony DSC T-30 P&S, but having a camcorder that can also snap or extract a still that would be useable on say Facebook... would be a plus. Small size is also a big plus for me and I have to say I almost pulled the trigger on a Sanyo HD1010, and then almost on a Sony HGR-TD5v. But another AVS member told me to stay away from the TD5V and go with the GW77 if I could afford it (I can't).
I have a somewhat ancient Sony TRV30 digital dinosaur, and when I was using it I always thought it would be cool to have a shotgun mike and better zoom... and less bulk. I'm amazed looking at all the new cameras, don't really have any loyalty to a particular brand. I'm pretty much 100% in the mac corner though, as I use a iMac 24 with 6GB RAM and a couple of terabytes of hard disk space available via USB and ethernet. So whatever I buy, I want to make sure it works reasonably well on a mac. Almost all our relatives have come over to the mac side, so being able to extract smaller clips that can be emailed to an iPhone or iPad would be a big plus. If that means sacrificing some HD quality it doesn't bother me. I'm not trying to compete with James Cameron LOL. I'd also like to be able to upload to YouTube and a media host like Photobucket or Vimeo. I've chatted with a few YouTube SD90K users and feedback has been very good. Hoping to get additional feedback here.
With that in mind, I also found Panasonic SD800K for not much more and was wondering whether this model is a serious improvement over the SD90K? So any of you TM90K owners out there... feel free to chime in and tell me your joys and woes. Thanks!