Originally Posted by ecb
FYI, just to provide some closure on the whole discussion, I've decided to get a Zoom H2 recorder for now and hold off on the video camera. The basic thought process was that the H2 isn't a tradeoff (it's really nice and flexible) while both the cameras had significant downsides, so I'd rather hold off on buying something until it's closer to what I want. I'm sure that at some point in the not too distant future I'll find a camera that fits my needs in the right form factor and a reasonable price. If only the Sanyo had stereo mic in that would have made this so much easier!
Thanks again for the thoughtful discussion everyone!
The Sanyo does have a Stereo mic input, only it's called the HD2000 or HD1010 and is more expensive lol At least by the discussion you found out that sometimes you don't need a new camcorder at all!