Consider me an amateur filmmaker. I want some pro like features so i'd actually say inbetween pro and amateur, leaning toward amateur. I really want to get a camera this week. This is what I want it to have I want something sub $1000 I would like some level of manual control Good zoom. HD*must have* AVCHD (this if it isn't supported by FCP yet then it's not 'necessary' but i wouldn't mind this feature) Perfer Hard Drive based (because my end product is digital and will be compressed anyway, also it is just easier to migrate and edit and such), but will consider mini DV Decent low light results. Would like some sort of lens focus if possible, or extra lens features, this doesn't mean changing the lens, i know that is a pro feature, but some cameras do offer addons for your lens. Nice interface ease of use. I've been looking at: JVC Everio GZHD7 Canon HV20 Panasonic HDC-HS9 (something like that) Sony HDR-SR8E If anyone here is really knowledgeable and passionate about the market that can give me some practical and useful suggestions. I would really appreciate it.