My wife and I are looking around for an affordable MiniDV Camcorder. I know the Sonys have the Carl Zeiss lenses, but they're limited to 10x optical zoom (I don't care about Digital Zoom). Canon and JVC have some offerings that have 16x+ optical zooms, but I'm unsure of their quality, etc. Size matters, but not so much as to buy a Sony MicroMV. I think the Canon Elura 40MC is a perfect size for a camcorder, but we'd be happy with the standard formfactor of Sony's MiniDV (like the TRV19,etc).
Is there a quality MiniDV review site (like www.dpreview.com
does for digital cameras), or can anyone offer any suggestions?