Fancy shooting your own HD ? In the UK we have Sony FX-1e - 1080i HDV from 3 chip CCD 960x1080 with offset green to give 1440x1080i 50i to HDV tape. Has Cineframe modes to simulate progressive scan. Cheapest I have seen is around £2,169 inc VAT Sony Z1e - Pro version of FX-1e adds XLR audio, colour bars and a few other pro tweaks. Around £3K plus VAT. In July we get the new JVC HD100 720p from 3 chip CCD 1280x720. Records true progressive at 24p, 25p and 30p to tape. Outputs live 720p 50p and 60p via analogue component. Interchangeable lens like an XL2. XLR Audio. List price £3,790 plus VAT Later in the year we should see the Panasonic HVX200 for around the same price using P2 cards for storage (4 x SD cards in a PCMCIA carrier), 17mins of P2 HD storage (8GB) is currently US$ 4K. It has a built in DV VTR but it only records SD video. An external firewire recorder will be the best fix for cost effective recording of the DVCPRO-HD format it uses. Each of these camcorders has it's own strengths and weaknesses and should be thought of as the next generation of DV that delivers fantastic HD pictures for the price, they however no match for full price HD cameras with lenses that cost £50,000!