I have a basic standard definition hard drive based camcorder. The reason I bought it is because on one of the my trips to the desert the wind blew my old camcorder that used the mini-dv tapes over and it landed on a rock and is no more. What I can't quite come to grips with is why the video quality of the old mini-dv was noticably better than the hard drive based cam corder I now own. it is so much better that I lately have been checking out ebay for another one. My question is are the old mini-dv camcorders that good or do I just need to get a better hard drive based one.