Hi, recently (as in 1/2 hr ago) had a thought that I'd like to buy a camcorder soon. Since it looks like we're talking about starting a family more often, I get the feeling we'll be starting one in the next 1-2 years. That is of course if my arm/shoulder heals (good enough) so I can hold the baby etc. Anyway, from my 5 minute research, I came across this http://www.quikshop.com.au/panasonic-vdrd300-p-552.html?osCsid=qt8vi9muo2acjjbl5kto88vuh5 Have NO idea really as I have never researched camcorders before. Never really wanted one but capturing "priceless moments" of ones child/ren such as first steps and all that, is making me think about buying one. Is anyone able to give pro/cons on the hdd vs miniDV formats? And possibly on the unit I gave the link to above. I don't know if I am looking at "too crap" for "nice quality" units, don't want _the best_ but I don't want something I would kick myself for buying as time goes by due to it being below grade for my wants, which I don't know exactly. At moment, I want something that will capture the said "priceless moments" I said earlier, would ideally like to be able to mount it to my bike for "onboard footage". I would also like to take stills, I have a 5 megapixel camera I think. I'll check it tomorrow when I'm not in bed. Anyway, any help would be appreciated. And any info given before I start to look into things "deeply" which might save hours/days of wasted effort because I'm looking at stuff that isn't suited for me but I don't know. I guess going to a place like harvey norman (not to buy from the rip off merchants) but just to see how various units feel to use, possibly see playback of footage so I can actually see what I would be getting is probably a good thing. Being on the medical related holiday, I'll start visiting stores this or next week. Or do people think I should wait to (a lot) closer to the birth which could be 1-3 years away??? (Who knows, we don't at present) as that would be the main reason for getting the camcorder, I could do without in the meantime if it means far better units are coming out and/or pricing is a lot better. No idea if this is a stable industry or a fluctuating one like the computer. Where one week could mean 20% of savings or inflation or a whole generation of better gear. Thanks and once again, any advice/(url) links/information etc is much appreciated. Time for me to get sleep, physio early in morning and pain meds that make me drowsy are kicking in. Thanks! *yawn* Night..