hi everybody, I've just joined after been reading the forums for a while. I have a question which I hope some of you will be able to help me with. I have the opportunity to buy a Canon XL1-S camcorder in near mint condition from a relative. I know it is in good condition as I have been able to play around with it and it seems ok. I know that it is not a recent model and only shoots SD, but I want to know if the camera is still relevant and a good piece of kit to buy. My experience with video is not extensive at the moment so I don't want to make a mistake and spend my money on something which is too outdated. I will mainly be using it for documentary work, small independent film productions and video destined for the web. I don't have any need for HD quality at this stage. I also hope to use it as part of my media studies course which I hope to start in september so the idea of having a camera which allows me complete control over all settings if I need to appeals to me. I would like to get at least 2-3 years of life out of the camera. Do you think it is worthwhile buying the camera or should I keep my eye out for something else? My budget is about 500 pounds, which this second hand camera more than fall into. Thanks in advance for the help.