I've had my cam for 3 years and it's been great to me. Today I was shooting and it just died. I tried replacing the little CR2025 battery, but it didnt change anything. I hadnt dropped it or anything-the cam just stopped working. It wont recognize the battery or charger and on top of that my tape is stuck in it. Soooo...are there any decent replacements out there $450 or less? Yes, I'd love to get a HC7 or HV20, but that's impossible at this time. I'm looking at the panasonic gsseries b/c of the 3ccd or either a sony hc40. Are either of those worth getting? I'm not a pro so please no pro recommendations. I need one within the next two weeks b/c I have a summer missions trip i'll be at for 6weeks and I plan on producing some vids as well as capturing the summer. Well, if anyone can let me know that'd be great. My main things I need are accesory shoe, lanc, headphone jack, mic jack...and decent quality footage. I'm only interested in sony, canon, or panasonic.