hi, i'm looking for a Digital Video Camera and i just need some advice from people in the know. i'm going to be studying Animation & Special FX this semester so i need a camera that will give me really good picture quality and colour accuracy, without making me bankrupt. i've had a look at some of the 3 CCD cameras, and they seem to be really good, but that's way too far out of the price range i'm looking at. also, the more manual features the better, like manual focus of course, and manual exposure if possible in the price range i'm looking at, which is probalby up to AU$3000, but under that is better. BTW, can you get manual exposure as a analogue control on the camera, or do you have to change it from the menu on the camera? also, could someone explain MiniDV and MicroMV? which one has the better quicture quality? or are they both the same? i read somewhere that MicroMV cameras record the footage as MPEG2? is that true, or can you get DV quality footage out of a MircoMV camera? i'm leaning towards Sony at the moment as well, they've been recommended to me as having good picture quality. but if anyone can suggest other models that'd be great as well. oh, and does a camer with a single 2 MegaPixel CCD have a noticable picture quality difference over a single 1 MegaPixel CCD? i'm guess it would have twice as good picture quality? well, thanks for taking the time to read. if anyone could post their recommended cameras, and different models/brands that would help me out alot. thanks. edit>> i also just thought that i'd mention i'm probably going to get a external microphone, tripod, and larger battery. edit again>>> i've been having a look around... the Sony DCRPC330 is looking very good.