Hi. Talking of the Sony TRV140E and 240,a friend of mine has this (the 240) machine now priced at £450, and it is amazing value. I thought it produced far better images than my panasonic mini-DV and the thing is bult like a house brick, lovely and solid unlike certain other brands that feel less stable. Even on Long play mode I was very impressed with the sharpness and colour saturation, and the only difference I could notice myself was slight loss of high frequencies on sound, but nothing in visual terms. Thinking of getting one myself, but what is the future of D8 I wonder in the long term. There are many models on the market of course and they do seem the same quality as mini DV to me, and I prefer the slightly weightier and solid build quality. Anyone else any thoughts.