I am starting up a video production that will mainly be doing interviews, recording some keynote speakers, etc. The end format will be a 1080 podcast (and downsampled versions). I would ideally like to get two cameras, but you gotta start somewhere. (Actually the somewhere I'm starting off on is borrowing other people's cameras). I would like to be able to mount 35mm Nikon lenses on the camera via an adaptor eventually, to give myself more flexibility. I say Nikon specifically because I have a D200 and several high quality lenses to begin with. My needs are: 1080p I'd prefer tapeless operation for quicker turnaround editing. 24p is attractive and should work better in low light High quality picture Low Noise External Mic input is required Camera that will hold up for at least the next year Decent ergonomics is a plus (touchscreens are a negative) The Sony cameras look good because they have many with hard drives and memory stick options. I just hate sitting there for an hour in just copying the tape to the computer. We have 50+ MiniDV tapes for work right now that we need to transfer. That's no fun and takes too long plus it generally eats my computer alive during that time. Not cool either. However, I'll do tape if I must and that's not a super high priority for the moment. Later on however quick turnout will be key. I don't need fancy program modes, built in lighting, still image capture, touch screens (makes most Sonys horrid). What I need is a camera that functions well, shoots high quality footage, and will do it's job well. The HV20 seems to be the top contender. Asides from it being more "pro" looking the HV30 doesn't do anything special for me. I don't need 30p and my subjects rarely move much. Never do sports. I've seen a few negative things about it (less than optimal economics, weird focus ring/wheel), but I'm not sure if those would be killer issues. Also: Will 1080p eat my Macbook Pro alive with FCP? SD video isn't exactly "fast" on it, but I'm more used to the speed at which photography and audio programs work. Maybe it's slow on anything short of an 8-core.