I recently saw the PureDigital Camcorder reviewed on DL.TV (http://dl.tv) and it seemed the perfect thing for uni/muni filming.
It’s very lightweight, about the size and weight of my Palm Pilot. It only has a digital zoom, so things do get a bit grainy when you use it, but it’s also very light and tiny, making it much easier to carry then a traditional camcorder. It doesn’t have a tripod mount, but it’s light weight and size make it easy to prop up on things.
An interesting thing about the camera is that it has the software for very basic editing and downloading to a PC or Mac stored on it, you plug it into a USB slot and it starts the software on it’s own. You can use the included software to download the video off it, or navigate through the file manager to the folder and drag and drop the video files that way (no firewire record/settings crap!) Under Linux it uses USB Mass Storage, so it acts like any other USB drive.
Cons: Autofocus only, terrible zoom, can’t edit video onboard, only ~30min recording time. Only available at Target as far as I know. Supposedly proprietary video codec (can be downloaded for free for Windows) but works fine under Linux (Files identified as XVID format actually, and played under Linux no problem). No tripod mount.
Pros: Inexpensive ($130), decent video quality, ease of use, portability.
Here’s a short video I shot using it. Aside from the fade ins/outs no effects are used, and the music was recorded on the camcorder. It’s a large file because I wanted to keep it as uncompressed as possible so that you could see the image quality. Even so, the quality isn’t quite as good as the originals.
Oh yeah, and the riding sucks. I’m better at muni. I fall a lot here