Hi all, I would like to ask for your help; I'm unable to decide which of the above to purchase. MY dilemma is regarding to picture quality. I understood / heard that the hard drive version encodes and compress on the fly the captured video to MPEG2, while mini DV needs nothing to compress, so it would result better quality of picture. I have panasonic 42" plasma (SD), I want the videos to look smooth, even on a big screen. hardrive version is much easier to convert to DVD, mini DV takes time to download to PC and convert, but if quality is better - so I preffer to work harder (and even pay less...) Any help / idea / experience please.... Thanks! Shay.