The new JVC DV4000 has good to excellent low-light performance (if I assume it's generally the same on this point as the DV3000), but the DV4000 has only one CCD just like the DV3000. The MX500 has not to good (or even quite bad!) performance in low-light situations although this cam does have 3 CCD's. We all know that 3 CCD is better than 1 CCD, but in this case I can safely conclude the DV4000 is much better in low light than the MX500 despite it has only one CCD When both cam's are used outside or other situations with much light, I suppose the MX500 would be the overall winner due to it's 3 CCD's So the choice is between the DV4000 with good low light and normal 'high'-light performance and the MX500 with (very) bad low light and excellent high- light performance. To make things even more complicated the MX500 has optical image stabilisation and the DV4000 has not. Also the DV4000 is cheaper than the MX500... So which one to choose...? Argh... why is there no cam with all the good things?!