Hi, I've been doing some homework and have got as far as deciding that MiniDV is the format to go for. However, I am unsure which camera to go for. I intend to use the camera to shoot short films for a University film making society and my main criteria are: Reliability Good lens/CCD quality USB 2.0/Firewire output (a microphone input would be good too!) (I'm not into gimmicks, but a widescreen mode would be cool) At the moment, I've been focusing on (pun intended) the Sony DCR-HC14E, Sony DCR-HC40ES, JVC GR-D230EK, JVC GR-D73EK and Canon MV750i. Anything similar to those I should check out? I'd be interested to see the different between the 800K and 1M pixel CCDS. Are there any resources on the web which allow you to download comparison videos? Also, I'm going to be in the US in a couple of weeks time and due to the current exchange rate, I can but one of the £500 ones for about £300! Would it be a bad idea buying in the US, i.e. is a warrantee I can use essential? Thanks in advance.