I'm a long time Mac user, that is finally gonna do the digital video camera thing. My wife will give birth in November - so I've got some time. However, I have a need to convert some VHS tapes to digital video. My budget limit is around $1000. My needs include: -Analog-digital Pass-through -FireWire (for above?) -Good quality video that will stand up to time. -Decent Battery Life -Mac compatibility I've been looking at a couple of models in particular -and have read reviews of them on 'camcorderinfo.com'. -Sony's HDR-HC3 -Panasonic PV-GS500 The Sony's advantage is its HD quality video and ease of use. It's disadvantage is the price (as far as I can see) and memory stick nonsense. The Panasonic looks very good for the price, and it seems to have a firewire port (I guess they call it a DV port...). It's main drawback seems to be its lack of HD digital video (assuming that I really NEED it). Ah, I just noticed that the GS-500 lacks analog to digital pass through. But I can't find that information for the HC3... Any suggestions or recommendations? Thanks!