Hi all. Newbie here. Okay, I have to admit, I have been out of the video camera market for a good while. Not that I don't own video cameras and take video, but the last real video camera I bought was in the 1990s. A Sony 8mm Handycam. Now since then I have bought many P&S (Point and Shoot) cameras that can take video, and of course I have a smartphone that can take HD 1080P video. Last year I bought a knock off GoPro Sports Cam that takes amazing eye popping video. But all these video cameras lacked two things that my old Sony Handycam had. A viewfinder and a good optical zoom lens. Five years ago I bought a Pentax K-r DSLR to take pictures of my only daughter's wedding. Now the K-r does have a viewfinder and I have a 300mm lens for it, but here's the catch. The viewfinder cannot be used in video mode, it's lcd screen only. This is not a problem if I am shooting a still object, but if I am trying to film a bird in flight or something like that, it's unusable. So here lately, I have been thinking about getting a video camera that has a viewfinder and also a zoomable lens. The problem is, I can't find anything in the consumer level market with those two things. I mean, I paid like $250 for my old Sony Hi8 HandyCam brand new in the store, and it was like the flagship Sony consumer level Handycam at the time. Another thing is, I can't hardly find any dedicated video cameras in the consumer level market at all. It seems like everything is a point and shoot now days. I have been able to find some Bridge cameras like, Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200, that have both a viewfinder and an decent (24X) optical zoom, but I wonder how they compare to a dedicated video camera. My Pentax K-r takes really nice 720P video if the conditions are right but struggles with light changes and has an extremely slow and ineffective autofocus to the point that I have to go to manual focus if there is any movement at all. I once bought Fujifilm Finepix HS20 and that camera was so bad at taking video, I returned it after only two days. Again, as with the K-r, lighting change compensation and auto focus were just atrocious with the Fujifilm HS20. I know, it has been many years since the K-r and the Fujifilm have been made and that there has been light years of video technology advancement since then. So, I am wondering if these new modern bridge cameras like the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 are good as a dedicated camcorder? Have they fixed the light compensation and auto focus abilities that plagued these style of cameras in the past. Let me put it another way. My old Sony DRC-TRV350 Handy Cams still works great. I can go out and film with it and it performs just fine. I can zoom in on a flying bird (it has 20X optical zoom) and track that bird in flight and get smooth video. It's just that the video quality is not really that good. It is only low quality DVD 720x480 video. But as far at filming goes, the auto-focus is very fast and it is able to adjust to changing light situations almost instantly. It even has the NightShot feature that allows for filming in complete darkness (You don't see this anymore). Basically, if I could get the same video quality that my knock off GoPro sports cam produces out my old Sony Handycam, I would be satisfied. I know I can spend a grand or more on a professional level camera, but I am not trying to film BBC Planet Earth videos here. I am just wanting something that produces decent quality video for home use that has a viewfinder and a reasonable optical zoom lens (maybe 20X), like my old HandyCam. It just seems that it should not cost an arm and a leg to get this in an age where every $80 smartphone can take sharp HD video. Any suggestions? Please?