Camcorder Suggestions

Okay I figured if there was anyone to ask about this... it would be everyone here! lol I am in the market for a new camcorder and am trying to find a good one to go with. I have already figured out I would like to go with a 3 chip (for quality), something with good low light shooting, and a good optical zoom. Anyone have any suggestions? I have been looking at a few of the Panasonic's... also, I know the GL1 & GL2 come to mind, but Im a poor college student lol, so Im trying to keep it under the $1000 range. I'd really appreciate any help! (If anyone uses the Panasonic GS65, 150, 250...could you please let me know your opinion on it!? Thanks again!)

Several vid cam threads exist right now.. check them out..

That should get you started, if you have any questions, feel free to post to one of those threads which will bring them back to the top.