Panasonic AG-HSC1U - Three 1/4" CCDs about the same size as the HC7. $2099 list. I may have to buy one of these as well. HDMI out. Manual Audio Gain with external audio IN. This is a serious Sony HDR-HC7 competitor. Street will likely be little more than $1500. This camera comes with a 40GB HDD they call a SD or "Store Drive" and a 4GB SDHC Memory Card for that price. Writes to the SDHC Card at 88 minutes/4GB and you can copy your recoerdings to the 40GB Store Drive. You can't write to the SD directly. It uses a MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 compression scheme so HC7 is still way better as its compression scheme is much lower @ 25mbps or about 18 minutes/4GB of HDV tape space.. But it's not clear yet that will always be the case. I wonder how low can you set the compression scheme? If it can record over 30mbps then it's a serious HDV competitor. It's supposed to ship THIS MONTH of March 2007. Edited files are Blu-ray ready to be burned that way. There is an iMovie 6 MPEG-4 project video format option that might be compatible with these camera's files. It communicates via HDMI and USB2 ports on its right side just in front of the handstrap under a rubber hood. Looks very promising. Weighs 1.1 pounds. So this looks like the race is really on now. I found this on page 13 of the new April issue of DV Magazine.