Hi, First of all, I have to say I am a newbie in the camcorder world. I have been using several DVDR in the last months (currently I have a Tosh XS32), and I have decided to get a camcorder. I want it to record family stuff (birthdays, holidays and so on). However, although I will not use it for proffesional works, I would like it to have kind of 'pro' effects (like fade in, fade out and all that things you see in wedding videos made by professional guys). I do not know about the minimum number of pixels it should have or the best zoom, number of lux to work and so on. So, any help will be very welcome. I have been told about the Sony camcorders, in particular: - Sony PC109. - Sony HC40. - The equivalent CANON (I think it is the MV-6iMC, not sure about this). Which one would be the best choice for my limited requirements? Is there any other brand / model I should consider? Thanks in advance for your kind help. Kisses. Rebecca.