"Although hard to find, there were a ton of new camcorders nestled among the overwhelming forest of flat panel televisions at the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) held in lovely Las Vegas. (Don't laugh, I actually like the town.)
Here are the broad strokes:
*DVD camcorders are more prevalent than ever as almost all manufacturers have jumped onto the disk-based bandwagon.
*Companies have cut back on the number of MiniDV tape models and cut prices.
*A gradual shift is occurring as non-tape formats (DVD, hard disk drive, solid state) become more common and less expensive.
*And since America has gone widescreen TV crazy, more camcorders than ever take true widescreen video rather than stretching it like the old days (three years ago)."