Matej Artac put fingers to keyboard and typed...\n[QUOTE]\nYou'll probably find the votes on this board for the Sony units. I\nhave one (a DCR-HC85E) which I'm quite happy with (except that I feel\nthe tape transport mechanism shouldn't be as audible while recording,\nand certainly not on the recordings themselves), and this is mostly\ndue to the fact that it seems robust enough, it has good optics, and\nit tells you how much battery life there is left in minutes.[/QUOTE]\n\nOriginally I was also leaning towards the 'big S' as I had been pushed in\nthat direction by friends who had more experience of digital video. In\nfact for the first couple of days' research, I was only looking at Sony\nunits like thew pc109, hc40, hc85, pc330 and hc1000.\n\n[QUOTE]\nI do wish that during my research I'd consider a Canon which, I guess,\nproduces better images (both the stills and the video), but this is\nreally only a guess from the fact that their still digital cameras\nmake better images than the Sony's. However, at the time I ruled Canon\nout completely as I heard people complain about a loud tape transport\nmechanism audible on the recordings as well... (it seems that it's\neven louder than that of my HC85E). I am not at all familiar with\ntheir line, and even less with the Panasonic's. Sure, a 3CCD does\nsound good, but I wonder if they process the picture as well as Canon\ndoes.[/QUOTE]\n\nOnce I started considering different manufacturers (and had a shortlist of\nabout 20 cams) Canon did come high up on my list. I was particularly drawn\nto the colour reproduction capability using the RGB filters to separate the\ncolours.\n\n[URL]http://tinyurl.com/5wuf6[/URL]\n\n\nThe MVX25i was at the top of my list as i thought it would give a good\nimage without the cost of a 3 (decent sized) ccd cam, however an online\nreview of the NTSC variant of the NV-GS400 made me think that the\ndifference in quality really was worth it.\n\n[URL]http://tinyurl.com/4x8wc[/URL]\n[QUOTE]\nYou know best why you chose those three models, but perhaps you could\nreview [URL]http://www.camcord.info/buying/index.html[/URL] again. Further,\ncompare also their sensor pixel amount, as a two-megapixel camera\nusually produces sharper and better pictures on a film than one with\nless megapixels. If you can, test the cameras, see how easily they are\nused, how well they behave and, if possible, how good their recordings\nare.[/QUOTE]\n\nTBH I chose one of the bottom, middle and top of my price range - I was\ntold at the showroom that "you or I wouldn't notice the difference in image\nquality between the pc109 and the gs400". I wasn't sure how seriously to\ntake this advice. Personally I feel that after editing and burning to a DVD\nat a decent bitrate and viewing on a large tv I WOULD notice the difference\nbetween a single 1/5" CCD and 3 1/4.7" ones. The canon has a 1/3.6"\n2.2Mpixel CCD and combined with the colour reproduction, I felt it would be\na decent compromise. Bearing in mind this is the same company that makes\nthe XL1S - by all accounts a top-notch cam I felt I couldn't go wrong.\n\nHaving never had a camcorder (never mind a digital one) before, I have\nnothing to go by short of buying a miniDV tape shooting some scenes in\nvarious conditions and viewing results on DVD. Is the Panny REALLY that\nmuch better in terms of quality when viewed on tv? Is it worth the extra\n300 quid?