I use a FLip Ultra recorder. About $150 now (inflation
Pretty easy to use. PLug the cam into the ports and the edit program opens automatically. Edit and create videos. Music must be converted into mp3 files so I use a free ripping program to convert my cd collection into mp3, then apply to video.
THe FLip specific battery pack is $24. It charges while plugged into the computer. But he recorder also uses standard AA batteries, so a bit flxible in that area (carry as spares).
I've seen videos created on FLip High Def recorders. About $30 more but I really don't see a difference. The Ultra model I use looks as good IMO.
The recorder does not have an anti shock device/system so they do come out a bit shakey. That aspect could be a bit better but the ez operation of the recorder equalizes that a bit. Just point and shoot.
It's possible to extract a still shot from the video too. I've been doing it but I think the digital cam pics are nicer. Last couple of videos, I took the pics with the digital camera then inserted them into the video, which is nice. Makes for better still shots and video inserts.
The still shot function of the recorder is sort of cool cause it alows yo to choose a still, ten shots/frrames per second. So you can pic the exact moment in the pic. Frame by frme, eyes closing, balls flying, wheel spinning, etc, sort of cool.
I do think the digi cam stills are beter though. But it's a pain in the rear carrying 2 cameras all the time.
Digital Camera Canon powershot A1100 IS
Flip Ultra...I've got a backup Flip. Someone posted that since it's my backup, it should be called the "Backflip"!