The best editing format (least problems) is DV AVI type 2 with 48khz sound... which you get from a miniDV tape camcorder, transferred to your computer via Firewire connection
All DVD and hard drive camcorders give problems of one kind or another, due to the compressed format they use
For a Firewire DV Camera - look at Panasonic PV-GS320 or GS500 (Note that I have not used either, but they have good reviews)
I have not looked lately to check price/availability, so you will have to Google
Steve: Thanks you are such a great and helpful moderator. I am starting to
realize that although tape seems like an old technology Canon Professional
Cameras and the pros find it best.
Are you familiar with the Canon HV 40 which shoots either HD or SD in the
mini dv format for around $700 so you could get best of two world
It's a gorgeous camcorder, Tom! A favorite of many prosumers here and on the Muvipix.com.