Out of all the camcorders I have tried, I think Sony has the best low light quality. They are all very similar when it comes to outdoor filming in sunlight, but Sony shines when the lights get dim. They also have the nightshot mode which is cool if you want to shoot in total darkness. I have read that there are some problems with the HC85, I own a TRV70, and I am very happy with the low-light quality. I would see if you can find a Trv70 or 80 online. They are last years models, but have a larger CCD than the new models. Plus you can probably get one for a very good price. Hope this helps