The needs are not clear but I'm really enjoying using these 2 cameras as camcorders (heresy! they shout!)
A Canon PowerShot A1300 (99 bucks, has viewfinder, etc.) and a Canon T3i. I might not consider a camcorder again for my needs. And then we have our phone. Video link follows.
Keep playing it as the first part is the front facing camera and later the better camera. The sample is overcompressed for youtube so get more videos before thinking it's that bad.