Thanks for the replies, and sorry for getting back to the thread late.
Not quite sure what I want, I guess. I like some of the Vixia HD models, though what I've read so far puts the Panasonics ahead in noise performance. On the other hand, they're a little bigger than a pocket camera, and a little expensive for my purposes.
I guess I need to explain - I'm not really a video person, but I want something that I can carry around at events to capture the occasional moment, and perhaps record evidence if things get a little "sticky". That means portability and maybe pocketability, ease of use, good low-light performance, and a lens that can cover from somewhat wide to medium telephoto.
Perhaps I wish to obtain the unobtainable.