1) DO NOT buy a DVD based camcorder.
2) Take the hint from the professionals... They generally don't use internal hard drive (or DVD) based camcorders:
I realize these cams are more $ than the one you are looking at - but even if you don't want to spend that kind of money, you can still use similar tools - and that means miniDV tape... especially if you want to edit the video you capture...
thanks for your help so far....
Now I'm looking at getting a camcorder and have been referred onto a Hitachi DZ-HS500SW
This looks awesome....what do people say and wreckon about this one?