Ask Engadget: Standards-based camcorders (with hard drives)

Last week we probed for your best picks on cellphone boosters for our man Nick B, who just wasn't getting proper reception. This week our pal James wants to know what you know about camcorders, shortly and sweetly:

"I'm in the market for a new camcorder (preferably hard drive-based, though not necessarily). I'd like something that records at decent resolutions in standard codecs and hopefully is USB mass storage compliant -- both things the JVC Everio fails to do. Besides the R30 and the SR100 what are my options, drive-based camcorders or otherwise?"

Well, you heard the man, what're you people wielding to capture those precious familial moments?