another vote for the video camcorder. Using Canon HF Legria range as an example, you get a lot of capability for for $200-$400. Amazing really.
The zooming, focusing and ability to capture sound is in them is very good, better than DSLR or P&S.
Having said that, we don`t use ours that much these days.
They are great for capturing the kids as they grow up.
We used to have it ready to go, sitting in the kitchen and whenever the kids did something funny you could video it. Now that they are 4 and 6 it doesn`t happen us much.
We almost always have our little Powershot with us, and it does the video quite well. It basically lives in my wife`s handbag.
With phones and just about everything doing video these days, it comes down to the quality you are aiming for and how much you have got to spend and how much time you are likely to spend processing the video.
If I look back on it now, if the video capabilities of the P&S had been around earlier I may not have bought a video cam, but no regrets the candid video clips from our kids are priceless. How do you put value on that?
But I am unlikely to buy a video cam again, its not were my passion lies and the HF 200 does a great job for us.
Canon Powershot S95, Canon 6D,7D, Canon 40 2.8 STM, Tamron 24-70 2.8 VC, Canon 17-40 L, Canon 15-85, Canon 85 1.8, Sigma 30 1.4, 50mm 1.8, Canon 100 2.8L Macro, Canon 70-300L +Kenko 1.4 Pro 300DGX, Canon 430EX II and RS 4 Classic