Hi All I could really use some advice. I apologize for the long post but I am a video camera noob and need some help in being pointed in the right direction. I am looking for a video camera that will be good for capturing all the baby/kid moments, sports, plays, family events, etc. Id also like to take it hiking every once in a while. I would like to be able to use it on both a Mac and Windows PC. I am leaning towards either a MiniDV or HDD camera, more towards HDD because I really like the size, weight, speed of transferring the video to the PC, and convenience (not having to hassle with tapes or DVDs). If someone can make a really strong case for a DVD camera Id gladly listen. Its just my friends that own them say that after using it they would have rather gone with MiniDV or HDD. Taking stills is a nice little feature, but not huge feature for me as I have 2 other cameras for taking stills. Id like to try and stay around $500. 1) Can someone recommend a decent MinDV or HDD camera in this price range that works on both computer platforms? Ive read reviews there are just so many out there its confusing, especially for a noob. Plus not many of the reviews say anything about the computer platform. 2) Is there really a difference in a camera using 3CCD like the Panasonic PC-GS300 over a single CCD camera? The Panasonic is one that I saw that I did like. Also This past weekend I was at one of my local camera stores and was talking with one of the salesmen. He said a couple of things that boggled my mind. 1) Sonys cameras in general dont work well with Macs. MiniDV or HDD models. 2) JVCs HDD models work with Macs, but not the base model GZ-MG155. Lowest model number I could get would be the GZ-MG255. And that he wouldnt recommend. So Im wondering if this guy is just blowing smoke and trying to get me to pay for a more expensive camera than I need. I havent been able to find anything on the web in reference to what he said. Thanks for taking time to read and reply to the post. As always I value the members input.