[Read our full Nikon Coolpix S8100 Review
No, the Nikon S8100
isn't technically a camcorder, but it will be one of your best friends at a concert. It's based around a backside-illuminated CMOS sensor, which means, roughly, that it's great in low light and can shoot full 1080p HD video. It can also use its 10x optical zoom during filming, and costs less than most high-def camcorders. Camcorders are purpose-built for shooting video, true, so the results will generally look a little smoother and won't suffer from the "zoom buzz" that compact still cameras add to their soundtracks. But consider this: A) Still cameras are better at shooting video than camcorders are at shooting stills, so a camera like the S8100 is pretty close to a true two-in-one device. B) At larger concerts (anything larger than a 1,000-capacity theater or club), security will often balk at letting camcorders into the show -- they can claim that it's "professional" recording gear, which is a no-no with many artists and bands. A still camera is less threatening (and less conspicuous in a club), even if it's almost as good as a real camcorder. Also check out the Nikon S9100
, which adds an 18x zoom lens.