I'm a new member here, and have learned alot already. I'm wanting my first HD camcorder to shoot outdoor stuff like kid's games, hunting, fishing, vacations, etc. Nothing too technical. I know many people really like the HV30, and I like what I've read: 1. simple 2. great pic quality 3. easy editing 4. instant archive 5. viewfinder I like what I read about the newer AVCHD models like the HF S100, Pany Tm300, etc. primarily for the supposedly better pic quality over the Hv30, no moving parts, reliability, etc. My main questions for you experienced users are: 1. Is the picture quality of the new models much improved over the HV30? Picture quality is my #1 priority. 2. Is the viewfinder or lack thereof, a pretty big deal when shooting outside in direct sunlight? I'd think having one is a great feature. 3. Editing is not my #1 objective. I don't mind plugging it into my 55" HDTV and just watching. I'm open to suggestions, different camera models, etc. I very much appreciate the help.