MScrip said:The Panasonic GS200 is one of the only 3CCD camcorders under $1000. 3 chips means better color and quality. I have one and it's beautiful! You can't get better quality for around $1000.
The only issue I have is with the Electronic Image Stabilization. It's kinda quirky sometimes, so I turn it off when I use a tripod. But the quality is awesome otherwise!
For a little more money, the Panasonic GS400 uses Optical Image Stabilization. Plus it has bigger imaging chips and a bigger lense.
If your budget is close to $1000, you should be leaning towards a 3 chip camcorder.