DVD isn't our favorite format for consumer video, but 3CCDs are better than one, so if you're looking into the DVD cams
might want to give Panasonic's VDR-D250 or VDR-D300 a look. They drop for $900 and $1000 respectively, with 10x zooms
and 2.7-inch LCDs, and the main difference between the two being the Leica lens and 3.1 megapixel pictures on the
VDR-D300, with the VDR-D250 going 2.3 sans Leica.