I haven't had any dropouts... as Senu says they can only happen with tape, so whilst they are rare an advantage of a HDD cam is dropouts don't happen at all... Now I also need a light and a lens filter protector for it any idea's. For lens filter get a good quality one which is multi-coated. A cheap/poor filter can impact the quality. I use one of these on my HC1 https://www.harrisoncameras.co.uk/shop/product.asp?prodid=592 The SR1 has a 30mm thread; I'm not sure if anyone stocks this particular filter in 30mm in the UK. The 30mm version is here http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/234966-REG/B_W_66025981_30_mm_UV_Multi_Coated.html As for light - There are limited lights which fit on the accessory shoe and are low power, like this http://www.amazon.co.uk/Sony-HVL-S3D-Intelligent-Video-Accessory/dp/B00005K4L5 But you can use a bracket attached to the tripod mount on the camcorder to use a light with a standard shoe; that opens up lots of choices. Example bracket here http://www.keene.co.uk/electronics/multi.php?mycode=AS2 I have this Sony light http://www.amazon.co.uk/Sony-HVL-20DW2-Battery-Operated-Halogen/dp/B00005K4LJ You can buy similar non-Sony ones for less, e.g. http://www.keene.co.uk/electronics/multi.php?mycode=HVL20 I bought the Sony one as previously I had a Jessops own brand one and it was rubbish, it would heat up and cut out. But I'm sure there are some which combine decent quality with less than Sony price. There are also LED based lights.