hi folks i just got my first camcorder (sony dcr pc 106) quite a dated model, but anyway i just had it for one week and it was playing up on me! first the recordings that i was making was terrible the playback on it was unwatchable! it was all blocky as if it was i was watching some bad quality pirate dvd! secondly the program that came with it (picture package) didnt work i was suppose to use my recordings and edit them using the software, so i sent it back to the retailer and they sent it to sony now its about 3 weeks still no sign of my camcorder back! and im going to china in 6days time..sigh* the retailers did mention i should be sticking to sony mini dv tapes rather than any other brands thus making me feel and look stupid as i was told by upteen high st retailers that any brand would be fine. any body tell me if they had the same problems as me? and what they did, apart from chucking the camcorder across the room! ta much for reading this.