A couple years ago I went to HK, China and Taiwan. For the trip I bought a Sony Camcorder that recorded video in Mini-DV. I've used this camcorder one more time after that. It's a pain to transfer the video to an avi file because 1 minute of video is 1 minute to transfer. My brother at the time got a Sony that had in internal HDD. The transfer was faster.
Fast forward 4-5 years later. What recording media is the best nowadays? I'm looking for something easy to transfer to PC/MAC, plenty of storage and/or ability to add storage, quality and future compatibility. No CD or DVD or cassette. Do you find SD cards widely available, affordable, future proof and big enough to capture long videos? Or does HDD the way to go? My iPhone 4 video camera is fine for out of the blue moments but for like weddings, birthdays, etc I would like a dedicated gadget I can mount on a tripod.
Any personal experience or gadgets you guy recommend?