Nevermind... I've decided to go with the Elura 90.
I'm so confused! I've been researching these things for weeks and I can't find a site to punch in the things I'm looking for. I want a small camcorder, miniDV, good video quality, decent optical zoom, and true 16:9 mode. I want to spend around $500-$600. I've been looking at the Sony DCR-HC42 and the Canon Optura 30, but now someone's telling me that the optical zoom isn't good enough on those (they both have 12). Can anyone help me?