Don't go to the retail shops and ask the staff about the video cameras. They are (generally) sales people who donít know anything about video hardware and software!, They will just try and sell the most expensive one to you that they can!
Just post the following 5 things in a post and I will try and find a camera for you:
Price range: (eg. $500US-$1000US, $1000US-$1500US) Please indicate what currency you are talking about.
Needs: (eg. Family birthdays, holidays, weddings, short films, huge zoom, do you want to edit it?, do you want to save it on computer then make a dvd? etc,) The more specific you give me, the better.
Your Level of expertise: (new, average, pro)
Your location: (Australia, USA, Russia, etc).
The cameras you are thinking about but not sure yet: (list their model name and brand, eg Canon mv500i).
(Just to let you know, I have a cert 4 in digital video (and improving to degree), so i know what Iím talking about lol).