I am a total neophyte and ignoramus who needs to take videos of my son's lacrosse games (which are quite fast) and then edit them into a recruiting dvd. It looked like the previous comment thread was a few years old, so there is newer technology in the marketplace. I need to buy a video camera which will be good in both bright sun and limited light (evenings and inside hockey rinks next winter). My budget tops out at $600-700, thinking that I'll potentially need accessories such as flash memory, possibly longer life battery (games are 2 hrs +/-), tripod, ++. I have been looking at the Canon Vixia HF R42, and I've seen very positive reviews of Panasonics. I'm open to buying a good used machine, but how do I know it's good? I am very eager to see any & all thoughts, sooner the better!