You should do ok with the Canon Powershot SX130 IS for starters and yes the Panasonic HDC-700 series is a fantastic bit of kit. I recently had a play with one at an exhibition, where it was being demonstrated by a chap from Panasonic and I was impressed. It was a great help to me, as I work in a store that will be selling this model and I now know all about it's main features so I can sell their benefits to any customer's we get in the market for one.
Keep us informed of how you get on with them and on behalf of the forum we're glad to have been of service.
Thanks,Hope one day I come to you and buy a camera from you!