a bit of background: my brother and i are very interested in making movies (heck, i went to film school). not professionally necessarily, but would love to hit up festivals and such if we come up with stuff that is worthwhile. we have a short (8-10 min) idea, a mid length idea, and a feature type idea... but anyways. he used to have a big shoulder minidv cam (i think jvc, could be wrong). i had a crappy digital hi 8 thing from 1999... we want to get a new cam, and would like it to be hd. hdv seems like the way to go based on our scope and budget (we are both gadget guys, and he has some decent money, so we want to get something cool and high quality, without breaking the bank of course). obviously anything above hdv in terms of format brings storage issues into play, along with just the camera cost. so i ask, what are your thoughts on the best hdv camera out there? along with this, what are your thoughts on using a cam without xlr (some sort of audio system hooked up through a mini jack, or something- i had a mini to xlr little adapter thing for my old cam and a boom mic i got, not super high quality though). i want to know about experiences with cams that are out now, combined with thoughts on soon to be released stuff.. though i think that we would like to get a camera in the next 2 months for sure... any thoughts and experiences would be great. (we'll be using fc studio, just fyi). thanks!