We are looking for an HD camcorder in the $300-500 range that will work with my MacBook (OSX 10.4.11, 2GHz Intel Core Duo). I have found a few cameras that seem like good options (Canon Vixia HF M30- on clearance right now at Best Buy for $400, Canon Vixia HF R200 at $379 on Amazon, Panasonic HDC-TM-80 at $499). First, does anyone have advice on these or similar camcorders in general? We are having a baby soon, FYI, so will be doing a lot of home movies and would like to be able to easily cut clips into highlight reels set to music, etc. to share with family. Secondly, do you know if these or other HD camcorders generally work with Mac and if so what is the best way to do it? I am not a very technically savvy person and am getting overwhelmed by the various formats HD video comes in, and after browsing forums about converting files to make camcorders work with Macs, I am eager for some clearcut advice. Also, we are very low on memory storage on our computers so will be upgrading external hard drives. We will need to store our video footage on the external hard drives- is it possible to edit video from these so we don't overload our computer with data? Thanks for any help!