My Dad is looking to get a new MiniDV Camcorder. He wants it for everyday general usage, so as well as outside shots, there will be plenty of shots inside the house of family events, etc. He has a hard time learning new technology, so needs a camera that is easy to use. Whilst manual controls will be a plus, the truth is the camera will probably be used 95% of the time as a simple point and shoot camera. I've narrowed the choice down to the MVX460 and the DCR-HC96E. I also looked at the Panasonic NV-GS range but ruled them out as the ones in my price range don't have AV-input and also seem more inclined to people who want to have more manual control over their camera. From the reviews it seems like the Sony will have a better image and will cope better in low light situations, but the Canon has better focusing, a much larger optical zoom, a night light and a standard mic socket. The Canon is cheaper but seems to come with a high risk of getting one with the motor noise poblem. (As an aside, I'm not exactly sure what is considered 'low light' when judging whether a camera is good or not in those conditions. i.e. Is just shooting indoors in a normal sized living room illuminated by a standard 100W light bulb considered low light?) I'm currently leaning towards the Sony, but before deciding I just wondered what people's thoughts were on how these cameras handle (I know it's subjective, but I'm interested in people's opinions). Some reviewers say the Canon is kind of fiddly with all the controls on the back and a not very well implimented joystick. Others say that the menu structure on the Sony isn't intuitive, and I am kind of worried about how easy a touch screen would be for my Dad to use, who has big, clumsy fingers. There again, perhaps he won't have to use these controls much if he is just point and shooting? Also, how is using the touchscreens on the Sony in practice, do they get dirty/damaged over time, do I need to get a transparent screen protector for it? Another thing that would be useful to know before finally deciding is which of these cameras has better image stabilizing? Apologies for the long post, but any input would be greatly appreciated.