I haven't done much video work recently (as you can probably tell from what follows!). My last camera purchase was a Sony DCR PC1000E, which I searched for for ages until I found a really good used one (they were already out of production). At the time, I came to the conclusion that Mini DV tape was still the way to go when considering the final quality of the video being reproduced. I still think that camera is iconic. I'm now considering the possibility of a new camcorder purchase and was hopeful that I might get some guidance here. I want good quality, at least equal to, or better than that from the DCR PC1000E and good sound recording, suitable for live music small gigs etc. Thanks in anticipation of all your advice.