I am helping my moms work buy a camcorder but have no idea where to start. I have never bought a camcorder before. Background: Her work got a $1200 grant to get a camcorder. This money needs to include every thing, camera, bag, accessories, DVD burner (none of their Macs have one right now ) and media. The plan is they will use the camera to film parents interacting with their children and then play it back to them on the spot and later compile a DVD to give to the family. What we need: SIMPLICITY! That is the number one concern. They will not use manual settings, period. So the automatic ones need to be good. If they have to do any more than point and shoot, assume they can't handle it. Needs to be able to to indoor well. Needs to connect to a computer as well as to a TV/VCR for instant playback. Rugged, going to be carried around a lot and will be near very your children. What we have: Me to help them set up. $1200. Two Mac minis with 512Mb ram, 40Gb HDs and Combo drives running 10.4 and iLife '05. A good normal digital camera for taking stills. Educational discounts. Anybody have any recommendations/advice/tips? Thanks so much and sorry for the long post. Note: This is grant money and the end of the school year so it must be spent in the next week. Also, they have limited places where they can buy stuff due to spending rules. Then can buy from Apple stores, Walmart, and I think Best buy and MacMall, but I am not sure. Basically, things need to be readily available to increase the chance of being able to buy the particular item. EDIT: Update on cost, we have about $1200.