I've read through most of the threads here about camcorder buying advice, but I'm still not sure what to do. I guess everyone is different with different needs. I have a Sony Mini DV handycam that is on its last legs. Have loved it, and it's been great for almost 9 years. I love the firewire transfer and the quality of video I get when I use iMovie. (I still mostly use iMovie HD rather than iMovie 09.) My needs for a camera are mostly just for personal use at home. While I'm working with an aspiring country artist that may need better video footage from me on some things, I'm mainly looking at something for just shooting video of the kids around the house and on vacation and stuff. Typical dad stuff. I'm not totally against upgrading to HD, but I may even consider just a bridge to getting an HD cam in a couple of years. In other words, something pretty cheap. By cheap, I'm talking $200-350....although I could go as high as $500 I suppose, but I'd rather not. I wouldn't even be here if I could find a mini DV cam at the local Sears or Best Buy, but I seems I've missed the ship on those. I guess my questions come down to this. 1) What media should I look at? SD, Flash, HDD cams? I really have no idea what would be best. 2) What's the best way to transfer the media to an iMac, Powerbook or MBP? 3) Is the media more important as opposed to what works well with Macs or not? I mean, I'm not going to use the software that comes with a camera, so I don't need something that will be compatible from that end. I plan to use iMovie, FCP or Premiere. Thanks in advance, particularly when so many have these same types of questions. Hopefully I provided enough info.