HI! I did a lot of research about digital camcorders 4-6 months ago and the result was that the Canon Optura 40 was my top choice. I am in the market to buy now, but since I did my research I have been super-busy with returning to the States from Kuwait, finding and getting a new job, and moving the wife and son to Chicago, among other things. So, can anyone help me out and tell me if the Optura 40 is still one of the best choices? Or is there something better in that general category now? Thanks!! A forum search wasn't very productive . . .