First things first, it was cheap, 377 quid from www.prcdirect.co.uk inc p&p. It plays all my old analogue Hi8 tapes and converts them to digital and records 60mins of digital footage on a 90min Hi8 tape. Ok so its not the smallest on the market but its size combined with the steadyshot feature means there are few wobbles. I put a new 80gig drive into the Pc along with Pinnacle and captured 11 mins of footage as a test. Saved as an AVI file it was 2.3gig, yes I said 2.3 gig!!!!!!! christ I wanted to put some of this stuff onto cd's. So.... using Virtual Dub I divx'd this down to 75meg, which is quite some going and whilst there are still some issues with pixellation during quick onscreen movement I can see this is the way forward. Having spent all the housekeeping on the camera, firewire card and new hard drive a dvdr is currently out of the question. If you can assist with advice about compressing the avi's to divx and keeping the quality 100% post me a reply I'd like to hear from you. All in all a positive first experience of digital video.