itsabout the same or worse. The dvd cameras record it as a compressed mp4 file. They're shitty. Until you can just drag and drop the footage off the disk you're much better off buying a mini dv camera.
yeah mini dv. watching your footage is a little more conveniant on DVD but its not worth it
"If you're in a war, instead of throwing a hand grenade at the enemy, throw one of those small pumpkins. Maybe it'll make everyone think how stupid war is, and while they are thinking, you can throw a real grenade at them."
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/ is one of the best online stores. I got my camera from a ebay store, and that worked out real good and was a little cheaper.
Best cameras... under about 800- pana gs250, under about 1200- pana gs400, under about 2000- sony hc1