Thanks for your reply. You are correct, my budget is below $2000. Actually, I'm thinking that it should be below $500 but with the functionality that I require. What do you think of the panasonic gs320? or gs80? If i purchase with a miniDV, will I still be able to download it to my laptop and edit it? My concern with miniDVs is that I still needed to buy tapes which I think is a waste since you are still going to edit it. I'm leaning towards a camcorder with a hard drive with this in mind but from what i read from the forums here is that you can't edit the videos on those camcorders....and as for SD cards, they only have a very limited capacity for recording. Any idea how much can i record on a 4gb SD card?