Originally Posted by htismaqe
I've used several purpose-built video recorders and they pretty much all suck.
Some of them use proprietary software or modified formats so that getting them onto a computer and editing them is a pain in the ass.
If you find one that is good at that, the image quality is poor.
It's just a big crap shoot, honestly.
My daughter's Flip camera is awesome but as you said, can't really buy them anymore.
They were really great...durable...could grab it and get recording easily...could drag and drop the files...ran on batteries that lasted forever. sigh
Maybe I can find one on ebay.