Hey All. So, I've been thinking of buying a semi-pro camera for a while now...ie: AG-DVX100b. Dont really have the cash for it, so I will wait. I have since donated my Canon Elura to a worthy cause, and need another camera to replace it. Really just home video and fun stuff. Dont need alot of manual controls, etc....I will get something else in the future. So, I was pretty much thinking of going with the PV-GS500. I've also been looking now at the HDR-HC3. I dont need HD, but I'm a gadget freak, so it's always fun to play with new technologies. HD aside, I want a good camera. In reading the reviews on camcorderinfo.com, it seems that the HC3 comes out just as good, if not better then the GS500, regardless of HD or SD. I'm not worried about the price diff between the two. I can swallow that, and would be willing to just for the fun of playing with new technologies. So, any input appreciated. I'm not looking for a SD vs HD argument. Just want to know if the HC3 is as good or better then the GS500 as far as camera performance, regardless of price diff or format diff. Or, for this price point is there a more recommended camera. Thanks!