The Panasonic HS900 is about as serious as a consumer camcorder gets. It's part of Panasonic's top-end 3MOS line, which uses three CMOS sensors for filming; one sensor is dedicated to each primary color, so the color reproduction is incredibly true-to-life. As you'd expect from such an expensive camcorder, it shoots in 1080p at 24 or 60 frames per second, with strong image stabilization and through a bright f1.8, 20x intelligent zoom lens. It records in Dolby 5.1, and has an accessory port as well. And if you believe Panasonic, 3D is the next big thing, so the HS900 also accepts Panny's 3D-converter lens (sold separately). If you're a serious hobbyist, this is the kind of camcorder you want to be looking at. The HS900 records to a 220GB hard disk, and accepts SD/SDHC/SDXC cards for additional storage. Also check out the TM900, which swaps the hard disk for 32GB of flash memory, or the SD800, which forgoes any built-in memory, records only stereo audio, and has no accessory port, but is otherwise the same.