So, my ancient 8MM camcorder broke (and right before vacation, too). The wife really wants a new one and it’s her birthday in a little over a week so I figured I would get her one as a present. I want something that records directly to a digital format so I don’t have to spend 25 minutes in front of my computer capturing 20 minutes of video. At first I was attracted to the cameras that record to 3 inch DVDs but the price of blank 3 inch DVDs is ridiculous. Then I saw some of the cameras that record directly to an internal HDD. They are more expensive, but the benefit of never having to buy media is nice. Lastly, I noticed that the prices of some of the cameras that record to a 5 inch DVD are reasonable –actually less than I paid for my 8MM a hundred years ago. The cameras are a little larger due to the media, and I realize I would negate the benefit of having a media-less HDD, but I always have scores of blank DVDs at the house. I was leaning towards this model. Does anyone reading this have experience with these types of camcorders? I want to try to avoid pitfalls in image quality, or long recording start times, etc. Any input is appreciated.