The 3CCD should give you a better picture most of the time but that one said with the 3CCD it was inconsitent on picture quality. I don't know.I have seen a few 3CCD cameras in the price range actually....thats why I ask.
Based on your budget, the best bang for your buck is likely the Canon HV30. Shoots in HD, a bunch of manual control features, records to miniDV tapes, easy to run, the footage quality it amazing even on standard definition TV's. It runs a CMOS sensor rather than the 3CCD's, so it isn't going to do as well the first or last 10 minutes. Some claim that the colors won't be as rich either, that I can't say, I've never run the two side by side for a comparison. But the footage that can be obtained on these is awesome.
Here is a link to several clips that I have edited, all using the HV30.
Here is my HV30 set up with a remote hack that I did for better remote control from behind the camera.
Most REPUTABLE places right now are selling the HV30 for $600.How much does one like that run? We are always looking for good cameras. That looks like a good setup.
Because it is a visual wireless remote. It won't work from behind the camera. So you need to get the LED out in front of the camera. This set up allows you less movement in zooming and recording. The less you touch the camera during filming, the better. It basically is a ******* answer to the lack of LanC controls on these cameras.Why would you want to do this? I thought a wireless remote is a good thing.