Hi, I am searching for a sub £300 camcorder to replace my Panasonic NV-DS27 which although is not too old, it's a little chunky and heavy compared to what is now available. It has served me well for 2 years of recording mainly me daughter amongst other things. I basically need something that does the same job for me but is smaller and lighter. So far after weeks of looking I have narrowed it (I think) to either the Sony HC19E or the JVC GR-DF420EK. Both having excellent reviews in What Digital Camcorder. However I just can't make up my mind which one to get! I can't find a huge amount of reviews on the net for them, especially the JVC, although I have read a couple of reviews for the US counterpart models - they seem to say the Sony is not too good with low light. I have been to a stor and had a play with them both, and I think I prefer the feel of the JVC, it seems to fit better in my hand. I like the idea of the touch screen with the Sony, but have read a lot of commments with people getting frustrated with dirty screens and of course the low light issues mentioned above. But I do like the manual flexibility of the JVC, but not sure if I'd evr really need it. I am swayed to the JVC, but then with it being new, there don't seemt o be any alternative replacement batteries and other accessories about yet. So I guess my question is, does anyone here have experience of either of these and can offer me some clue as to which one to get with regard to quality of picture etc? One thing I'm particularly interested in is the 16:9 options - it seems they both have the same: either letterbox or squeezed. Are either of those any good? The sony seems to offer a 16:9 view for the squeezed option by squashing the picture down as well, whereas with the JVC, you get an elongated image in the LCD - does anyone use that method? If so is it OK to use like that? Dam it, I hate being a Gemini!! Please help. Cheers.