Panasonic SDR-H40 40GB HDD digital Video Camera for $499
* 40GB HDD
* 42x optical zoom
* 2.7 LCD
* USB out directly to DVD burner
Note that this has recently been announced by Panasonic so for a sub-$500 DV Camera, ths is a gr8 bargain. However, deals direct have mentioned at the bottom of the page description that this is a parallel import so they are only offering 30 days warranty as they cannot guarantee local warranty.
Record onto the built-in 40GB hard disc drive or SDHC / SD memory cards for longer recording time with the Panasonic SRD-H40 digital video camera.
Holding as much data as 28 DVD discs, the internal hard drive lets you record continuously for up to 36 hours*2 without changing a disc, memory card or other recording media.
High Picture Quality
The H40 features Advanced O.I.S. and a 42x Optical Zoom. Advanced O.I.S. prevents blurry images caused by unsteady hands as you shoot, so images are clear, sharp and beautiful when displayed on a big TV screen. The 42x Optical Zoom lens is the most powerful zoom available, and also features low distortion.
The internal 40GB* hard disk drive lets you record for up to 36 hours**. And the Anti-Shock Shield helps protect recorded video data from damage due to jolts and impact.
* 1GB means 1,000,000,000 bytes.
** In LP mode
Editing / Networking
Connecting the camera via USB cable to a DVD Burner*, and pressing a single button is all it takes to copy recorded video clips from an SDHC/SD Memory Card or a hard disk to a DVD disc. The disc you make can be played on DVD players, so playback is easy too.
* Optional VW-BN1 DVD Burner - not included.
Power LCD Plus
You can set the LCD to any of five brightness levels for optimal viewing in a variety of lighting conditions. When shooting outdoors on a sunny day, make the LCD brighter. When shooting indoors, lower it. This not only makes the LCD easier to see, it's also easier on your eyes.