Ok...I am really a noob when it comes to videocams...I just need 1 for family, gatherins and travel recordings. MiniDV would be enuff...

Can anyone who does have some expertise on videocams suggest some models for a budget of $800 and what to look out for? I heard things like Sony is better for videocams and u have to look out for things like where the microphone is placed cos if its facing u the recording will pick up breathing sounds etc...