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and what you believe defines ease of use.

In my book, there is a reason the high end continues to be DV and HDV format whether miniDV tape (most common), hard disc (Focus Enhancements FireStore) or flash memory (Panasonic P2 cards). The BIGGEST reason is best available quality due to least compression applied to the digital video stream. Add built-in archive, lowest $ per gig, known long shelf life, and several other "easy reasons", you get a quick understanding as to why the Sony HVR series, Canon XH and XLH, Panasonic AG-HDX series and JVC GY series are the most wiidely used... You may not be shooting as a pro - but that is no reason to not use as much of what they use - including DV/HDV formats...