I'm going to be a first-time camcorder owner. (I'm also going to be a first-time iMovie user.) I was all set to buy the Kodak zi8 as it seemed simple enough with decent quality, but hubby thought we needed more zooming ability (to capture our little gymnast at meets) and more features. Like I said, we're VERY new at this so any help would be appreciated. I've been reading and researching for weeks now, but I think I'm on overload. I'm overwhelmed at all the choices out there. Here's some specifics to our situation: * will be used strictly for family functions (baby milestones, school programs, birthday parties, sports activities) * will often be used indoors or in other low light situations * would like to keep it under $500 Things that I'm pondering: * image stablization * storage method (miniDVD, hard drive, flash, etc.) * zooming ability (digital vs. optical?) * Firewire I'd love to get some input based on your knowledge and experiences!