Hi Guys, I'm thinking about purchasing this Camcorder as on paper it looks very good. I'm new to all this and have never owned a camcorder but there are a few big events happening that make me want to buy one (baby due in January and a holiday to take in October) so I want to take the plunge and get up to speed before then. So I basically know very little apart from what I have read on here and my own limited research. Howver, I think this camcorder looks pretty near the mark with features, not bothered about bluetooth, I can connect it to the PC via USB (I assume this is USB2.0 and I'm not sure if it has firewire - if anyone knows I'd appreciate your input). Here is a list of features of the Sony site: Audio Audio Dubbing 12bit YES Audio System PCM (12bit / 16bit) Built in Microphone Stereo Built in Speaker YES Bluetooth Basic Imaging Profile NO Dial-up Network Profile NO Gereric Access Profile NO Camera 14bit DXP YES Advanced HAD technology YES Backlight Comp. YES Camera Noise Reduction YES Fader Black, White, Mosaic, Overlap, Wipe, Monotone, Random Dot Focus: Full Range Auto YES Focus: Manual YES Image Device: Size (CCD) 1 / 3.0 Image Device: System (CCD) Interlace Interval Rec. NO Manual Focus Key Ring Minimum Illumination (lux) 5 Minimum Illumination with NightShot (lux) 0 Number of Pixels Act Camera mode (K) 2048 Number of Pixels Act Memory mode (K) 3048 Number of Pixels Gross (K) 3310 Program AE Portrait/Beach & Ski/Sports Lesson/Landscape/Spotlight/Sunset & Moon Shutter Speed 1/3-1/3500 Spot Focus (Touch Panel) YES Spot Meter YES SteadyShot Super (Electronic) White Barance Auto / Outdoor / Indoor / Onepush Dimensions Depth (mm) 106.7 Height (mm) 107.3 Width (mm) 57.3 Flash Light Automatic Pop Up NO Flash Mode: Recommended Distance (Memory Mode) (m) 0.3-2.5 Hologram AF NO Night Framing NO Jacks Audio In YES Audio Out YES i.LINK (DV) In YES i.LINK (DV) Out YES i.LINK (MICROMV) In NO i.LINK (MICROMV) Out NO S-Video In YES S-Video Out YES USB Terminal YES Video In YES Video Out YES Lens / Zoom Color Slow Shuter: Camera Mode YES F 1.8-2.9 f (35mm conversion): Camera mode (mm) 45-450 f (35mm conversion): Memory mode (mm) 44-374 f (Focal Distance) (mm) 5.1-51 Filter Diameter (mm) 30 Lens Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* Nightshot: Camera mode Super Precision Digital Zoom YES Zoom Key Lever / Button on LCD frame Zoom Ratio (Digital) 120 Zoom Ratio (Optical) 10 Memory Burst Record High Speed Burst Record Auto Exposure Bracketing YES Burst Record Multi 9 Pictures NO Compression JPEG Format MPEG1 Image Size: Max 2016 x 1512 Image Size: VGA 640 x 480 Index Playback YES Max. Number of Recording Pictures (Supplied Memory Stick) 240 Memory Mix YES Memory Stick PRO Compatibility YES Memory Stick R Compatibility NO MPEG Movie EX Number of Recording Pictures in Best Mode (Supplied Memory Stick) 10 Progressive Scan NO Progressive Shutter System YES Recording Media Memory Stick DUO Recording Mode Presentation(320x240)/Video Mail(160x112) Still Image Recording Mode Fine 1 / 4 Still Image Recording Mode Standard 1 / 10 Network Album Function NO Email Function NO Network Function NO USB Network Function NO Web Browser NO Wireless Communication with Bluetooth Function NO Others 16:9 Wide (Full) YES Accessory Shoe YES Battery Info YES Built in Light NO Continuous Recording Time with Supplied Battery and Viewfinder (min) 110 Demonstration Mode YES Digital Picture Effects Still,Flash Motion,Luminance Key,Slow Shutter, Trail,Old Movie, Delayed Motion effect / Cinematic effect InfoLITHUM System YES Max. Continuous Recording Time with Optional Battery and Viewfinder (min) 205 Picture Effects Mosaic, Solarization, Monotone, Sepia, Neg.Art, Pastel Power Consumption : LCD (W) 3.2 Power Consumption : VF (W) 2.9 Progressive Recording Mode YES USB Streaming YES Weight without Tape/Battery (g) 410 Supplied Accessories 21 Pin Adaptor YES AC Adaptor AC-L25 AV Cable Stereo AV Lens Cap YES Memory Stick (MB) 16 Rechargeable Battery Pack NP-FF51 Shoulder Strap YES Software Picture Package Stylus Pen NO Tape / Cleaning Tape NO USB Cable YES USB Driver YES Wireless Remote Comander RMT-831 Wrist Strap NO View Finder / LCD Monitor Hybrid LCD Screen YES LCD: Pixels (dots) 123200 LCD: Size (inch) 2.5 Touch Panel YES Viewfinder Color Viewfinder: Pixel (K dots) 123.2 VTR Cassette Memory YES Dubbing and Editing Digital Program Editing Format DV Hi8/Video8 Playback NO LP Recording YES NTSC Playback on PAL TV NO Playback Zoom YES Signal Convert Function YES It is currently availble to buy for £770 so I think it looks not bad but I would appreciate your input on any pros and cons. Many thanks.