Hey, I'm a picky amateur aspiring filmmaker who is interested in purchasing a low-cost video camcorder for the holidays. While this thread is more or less narrow-minded in terms of options, I am open to suggestions and recommendations. These are my necessities: - Mac compatible (I have Leopard... 10.5.5 I believe). - Relatively cheap (Preferably under $300.00). - Does the job in style (I know of vado, flip, etc., but I am looking for a slightly more advanced camera, not one that just films a few minutes of crappy footage [not saying that vado, flip, etc. do that, but you know.]). - Overall, I want to create shorts and have the option to do what I want with it. These are some other features I'd like to see: - Quality (Footage, Sound, Lighting) - Quantity (I'd like more than just 1 hour of footage) - Zoom, Stability (Zoom would be nice, and I'd like to eliminate the vomit feeling when watching my videos... I know I can just use a tripod, but I also know many camcorders have built in software that decreases this feeling). - I'd love to be able to upload my videos to iMovie, and if I get around to purchasing Final Cut Express, then that too. - A possible picture taking capability. Not required, but this would be nice. - My purposes are to use the camcorder for mini-movies, but nothing major. I am no professional, but I don't want to just take images of family members or use it for leisure activities. I realize that these threads have come up many times before, but I am unable to find a good camcorder. Sorry for the complicated text and pickiness; I will bend a little for other camcorders. Lastly, please refrain from the Flip/Vado and camcorders from a foreign offshore phishing company. Thanks!!