With ever increasing flash storage cards, such as the 1GB Secure Digital (SD) card, the 2GB Memory Stick Pro, and the 4GB CompactFlash, there is enough capacity to consider flash storage for camcorders. I don't know the current capacities available in MultiMediaCard and SmartMedia formats, but they are all going up. I read that Sharp and SanDisk are now using 3D-SiP (a die-stacking process) to stuff more memory in the same form factor and that this technology (now in use for SD) is likely to spread to Memory Sticks and CompactFlash too. So they will continue to grow. With larger and larger capacity flash storage, camcorders could become more compact and avoid the mechanical requirements for use of tapes. At present prices and capacities, it's not irresistible yet - with 4GB you can only film 28 minutes of DV, and the 2GB Memory Stick Pro and 4GB CompactFlash each cost approximately $1000. But prices will drop and storage will grow. So, is this where we are headed, to tapeless camcorders for the masses?