Hi, After a lot of research I bought a Canon MD235 to replace an old Sony Digital-8 model. I guess I should have done my research better as the night-mode on the Canon is terrible compared to the Sony (it is red-coloured and sluggish compared to the preferred green and swift-moving Sony Nightshot mode). The Canon is also far more grainy in low-light conditions. The Canon's auto focus is far inferior to the Sony as well, and it doesn't even have a focus ring. To manually focus you have to open the LCD screen (which switches off the viewfinder!), and go through a menu! Totally impractical, in my opinion. I tried to send the Canon back but because the packaging had been opened it was refused. Anyway, I've been saving and trying to do that little bit extra research to find a camcorder I like (preferably standard def, excellent green night vision that I can use an additional infra-red X-ray filter with to film in the day, Digital-8 or Mini-DV, good optical zoom and a focus ring) but it seems very hard to find a camcorder with all of these requirements. I've been looking at Sony's meagre Mini-DV line, but they look like a step down compared to the now defunkt Digital-8s. So, I guess my question is, are the older Sony models better than the modern ones? I would have expected today's models to have advanced, but they lack features - focus ring being a major grievance. I know Mini-DV is being ushered out, but does anyone know of any models covering my requirements? Is the DCR-TRV line my best bet? If anyone could recommend models, as well as ones to avoid, that would be greatly appreciated. Are there any new models, or is ebay the place to go (I've looked but don't know which models have the focus ring - a must have as far as I'm concerned). Thank you for any help.