I'm looking to get a miniDV cam and don't know too much about them. I've checked out some of the Sony (DCR-TRV17), Canon (ZR45), and Panasonic (PV-DV53 and PV-DV203) cams on eBay, but unfortunately, the only thing I know to go by is the cost.
What are some features that I should look for in a miniDV cam? S-video, firewire, zoom, etc?? Again, I'm not versed in this stuff so keep it simple.
I'd like to spend $300 or so for a $400-450 retail camcorder (eBay or discount somewhere). The Canon and Panasonic cams I listed above went for ~$250 or so and the Sony above went for $350.
Thanks for the help.