I think I've narrowed it down to these two, wanting to buy one camera for DVD documentaries now, but with the capability to start shooting a festival quality film after I've become competent at operating the camera - in a year or so. I've found the Sony for $500 less, but the final video image is the important factor. Anyone able to tell me why this particular Sony is not as capable as this particular Panasonic? I'm open to other cameras, but nothing over $2500 (these are both under). So please comment mainly on these two, unless you think I've really missed a gem. Thanks so much!