I'm not a camera guy, but I think you are a bit late to the party. Why buy a $300 camcorder when cell phones like the iPhone shoot HD, are about the same price and do so much more. You can even edit, text, email or post the video on the net without a computer.
My wife wanted one of those little handheld camcorders against my advise and we never use it.
If you want a camcorder, spend the extra cash and get a nice digital camera that does quality video or just stick with a smart phone.