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.
What I probably end up doing is getting a point and shoot to carry around (because I am always taking photos anyway might as well) an use the video function. That is what I used for video for a while and was happy with the results.