I have always gone for Canons Camcorders with Optical stabilisers (Hi-8) and am in the process of moving to DV. Is there much loss of quality with the Digital stabiliser cameras. I've also heard that you lose some of the digital functions when you have the DIS turned on. Is this true. I was looking to buy the Panny NVGX7 but have found that it has a software image stabiliser but i really like the look of it. The only other one i might consider is the Canon MVX1i but it looks a little bulky. Any thoughts appreciated.