Hi All (new poster) I have had a panny DMR-HS2 for just under two years and thought I would upgrade. I have just bought a brand new JVC SR-DVM70EU, which is an interesting piece of kit. If anybody is thinking of getting one they have some nice advantages but also some major disadvantages for what should be a third generation DVD-R. To keep it short it is a Mini-DV / HDD 160GB / DVD-R machine. For which it's major selling point is the built in top quality Mini-DV player. XP is more than tripled to 30 hours over the panny's 8'54". Connectivity is virtually everything you can think of. However Once recorded onto the HDD you cannot partial erase a title, only split it and then create a play list from the resultant bits, which is a logistical nightmare if you edit out 20 bits of Fuzz from a camcorder tape filmed over a typical 3 month period then you will be left with 21 short films instead of 1 long one...nightmare. Then there is no automatic chaptering, YES there is manual chaptering which is an advantage over my old panny, so I can pick scenes and create chapters to my suiting, but it would have been better if there was the option to just bang in 5 minute chapters of the machines choosing. Build quality is OK, but it still feels plasticky compared with the HS2, but I do prefer battleship quality, hence my two Bang & Olufsen V2000 machines weighing in at 20KG each. If anybody is interested in the JVC and wants any more feedback let me know or I can post as new things arise. It is just a shame that there are as many negatives as positives for a £1300 machine which could be so much more use friendly. Oh and JVC didn't bother to answer my email queries either, so 5-3 to panasonic as we enter the second half. Cheers Chris.