What should I look for when choosing a video camera?

I am going to start looking around for a video camera. I intend to use it to record myself at practice sessions, and perhaps to have others videotape me at socials and Congresses.

Is there anybody out there that bought a videocam, and afterwards wished it had certain functions or capabilities that they initially hadn't thought of? I am sure there are functionalities I may want, that I don't even realize right now.

I suppose some basic things I'll look for are: the ability to zoom/pan out, a flip-out LCD screen so that the person recording can easily see how it will look on the screen... Anything else? And of course, I'll buy a good tripod for use with the videocam.

Any recommendations on particular models you have/have had, that you liked?


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