My Panasonic NV-DS38B camera suffers from audio dropouts during playback, most commonly apparent when its connected to my computer via firewire with my edit program open and I am previewing prior to capture or actually capturing. I have occasionally heard dropouts with the camera unconnected to the pc. The dropouts can be heard from the camera speaker. Dropouts occur at different places during repeated playback of the same footage. I have tried 2 tape brands and get the problem with both. I can get the same problem when connecting the camera to another computer. I have tried a different brand of camera connected to my computer and had no dropouts. I have therefore concluded it is not a tape problem or a computer problem but a camera problem. The service agents I sent the camera to say the problem must be with my computer but they have sent the camera to Panasonic to look at. I have posted about this elsewhere on the web and found a guy in Australia who has had the same problem with 3 NV-DS28 models. He also provided a link to other message boards where 2 other people have the problem with NV-DS28 and NV-DS27. I wandered into a branch of Jessops Saturday evening and told a salesman there about the problem and he said he has the same problem with his own model which I think he said was the DS29. Has anyone on this forum ever had this problem with any of these (or similar) Panasonic models?