Hi, I am hoping to get some advice from people on buying a camcorder. I have never owned or used one before so I bought Camcorder User to see if I could get some insight into the differences etc as my local electronics store did not seem very knowlageable. I appologise If I should have posted these somewhere else or looked somewhere else for the answers but I really don't have the time to go through loads of threads as I am getting the Camcorder for my birthday which is this week. Basically I would like to know the difference between getting a Hi8, Digital8 or DV. I already have a digital camera so this is not such an important factor but is it wiser to get a digital one anyway? Also, what is "White Balance" and is it important to have this as I have noticed that not all of them do. In particular the one I was origionally looking at - Digital8 SONY DCR - TRV 140. I also see that it does not have other functions such as "Edit", colour viewfinder, ext. mike and headphones and only an optical out connection. I would like to know if these things really make a difference and what the o-i actually is as I am not sure. My budget is about £450 and the other models I am looking at are JVC GR-DVL160 PANASONIC NV-DS29 SONY DCR-TRV 16 all are DV cams, I cannot decide which would be the best buy. Basically I am looking to make short films and then just general filming of events etc. Sorry this post is so long but any help would be greatly appreciated!