I have a Sony HC 30E MiniDV camcorder and have used it with reasonable results. A the time I wanted teh HC40 as it had a better resolution if I recall correctly, but it was not available. My sister has just bought a brand new Sony camcorder that records straight to DVD (the small ones). Being a Sony, it feels similar to mine, but has a widescreen LCD monitor and is a bit larger. She'd be happy to sell it to me. Now I remember reading about a year ago that MiniDV was still better than DVD as far as camcorders are concerned, although I'm not sure why. Is this still the case, as I need to seriously consider grasping the opportunity to "upgrade" if that's what it will be. I don't have the model number and specs right now, and I will go through both manuals, so when I get more info I'll post.