WOW !!!!!!!! I am speechless. Without reading a manual! ( it's a man thing - we don't need no stinkin' manuals ) Without loading up any Canon software! I charged up a battery, put in a tape and did some recording in full HD mode. Now for the telling moment ..... Came in, cabled the HV30 to the iMac. Turned on the camcorder and fired up iMovie. In no time at all I was importing the HD video. I do recall a " warning message " from iLife 08 about importing full HD video and how on some Mac's it could be a problem unless external drives were used, but I did not see iMac listed so I just went on an imported the video. Sorry I cannot replicate the above mentioned 'warning' I just tried another import and it just took off with no issues. I am speechless as to how fantastic the quality is. Just think how good it will be when I learn the Canon Camera. Interesting Note: I read on here where some users had 'read' that the Canon was said to feel 'flimsy' as compared to the Sony offering. Well I did some deep research and found those reviews where the flimsiness was mentioned. Funny thing in those reviews the reviewers compared the Canon to the Sonys when talking about flimsiness but in the end they recommend the Canon over the Sony.