I am close to buying a 3CCD camcorder. Panasonic PV-GS400 4MP 3CCD MiniDV Camcorder w/12x Optical Zoom. Here’s a longish glowing review last review on camcorder.info Here’s a Panasonic 3CCS user group. The only drawback is that financing doesn’t seem to be available, although the lower cost ($1499) does make up for it.
On another note, I ate an entire watermelon within a 24 hour period. And I am hungry for more.