OK, I'm a video camera newb. Haven't owned one ever, and haven't used once since the old 15lbs VHS days. But, got a new baby on the way and with family spread over most of the country, including my Mom 1500 miles away, I convinced her to spring for a camera to record the adventures of green, jr. and share them via the web. So, that said I need to some help. She knows less than I do about them, so asked me to shoot her an email with some models and suggestions. Also, FYI, she's getting this for my wife and around Xmas, but like many (most?) women she's already started her holiday shopping. Ok, criteria: * Easy to use (my wife should be able to figure it out - she's smart though, so doesn't have to be dumbed down) * Fairly light and comfortable to hold (need to bring it most places easily) * Decent battery life/easy to swap battery (don't want to miss anything!) * Video quality should be at least GOOD (average or better) * Decent low light shooting would be nice, but not a priority * Sound should be good as well (hate home videos where you hear loud tape noise, where the mic doesn't get anything that's more than 8ft away, where even light wind noise covers up all the sound, etc) * image stabilization would be really nice (optical if possible, digital would suffice though as long as it didn't kill image quality) * Still photo shooting is completely irrelevant (I have plenty of nice digital still cameras) * Passthrough recording for analog sources (there's a few old VHS tapes I'd like to digitize, etc) * Easy Mac compatibility (of course) * miniDV format (I think HD is out of the price range for now and it seems like the HDV cameras will read mini DV tapes for future compatibility I think?) * Speaking of price, $400 would be pretty much the max, less would be nice so there was some money to get tapes, extra battery, case, etc. Ok, there's the list. Anyone have any opinions? I've done some research and I've had a bit of trouble finding something other than a couple Canon models as it seems all the major manufacturers are going HD this year and not releasing as many standard DV models anymore. Are there any decent HD cams around that $400 mark?