I originally settled for a Panasonic, but it was discontinued. I will be using the camcorder for filming professional news reports as a part of my training at my university. For obvious reasons, a lot of editing will occur. Is MiniDV my only choice, or would Hard Drive be a good alternative? With the current product line from Panasonic, I will NOT be buying from them (I heard they can't even record sound on any acceptable level.) Are there any non-Sony alternative MiniDV camcorders that will fit my demands?