Hi Geoff, The camcorder is a nice idea but I do not think that it will work for this application very well. The adapters to attach a camera to an operating microscope are somewhat limited and I am not aware of any to attach camcorders. I think the market would just be too small. The other problem is that they are a bit bulkier and may have issues dangling from the adapter. The video cameras that are made for these applications are quite overpriced due to their limited market and are single use. Whereas at least with the D800 I can take it home on the weekends and enjoy it.