I have used many camcorders, including the Canon XAH1 Mini DV. The video from the D7000 is almost on par with the XAH1. Maybe not in specs but in real life shooting and with the flexibility of changing lenses, the D7000 wins. The cheaper camcorders are just not worth it in my opinion. I would learn to master the video on the D7000 and then use it exclusively. Best of luck. Ed.