A few years ago choosing a camcorder was fairly straightforward. Simply pick a price point and it was then usually clear which model was the best option. But that was when all camcorders used the same tape-based MiniDV format. In the last couple of years MiniDV has been usurped by a plethora of alternatives, making deciding between them much more complicated - and emails from confused readers have confirmed this.
We have already explained the pros and cons of all the different formats currently vying for your spending power. But how does that translate into the models currently available? This week, we present our Spring Buyer's Guide to the best models currently available at different price points and for various types of user.