I bought a refurbished Toshiba Gigashot A100F in 2009 and has yet to cause me any problems. It records in extremely good quality and can handle fast panning shots quite well.
It adopts the traditional camcorder stance and the position of the zoom and record/stop buttons are excellently positioned so that you don't have to take your eye off the screen at any time to look for them.
The major downside to this camera is the night mode option - which DOES record film rather well in terms of lighting, but the frame rate is reduced so much it's like you're recording on an old Nokia phone. It can also take a few seconds to adjust when focusing on a new object.
Also, the standard battery on this camera isn't great, you'll probably get an hours usage before it will run out which isn't great considering the price.
I use the camera mainly for taking still pictures these days which it does just perfectly, high resolution and very clear images are a major factor with this camera. If you can get it for a good price then I'd definately recommend it, but it's not for anyone wanting to do serious all-condition recording.