BOUGHT A GUYS HV30 SETUP FROM HIM...... thanks for all the help and support So i have been searching and googling and it all comes down to this. I know what i would like... but the more i read the more i become confused. I apologize for my ignorance on some of the basic concepts of this. -using a macbook pro with tiger, ati 1600 graphics card, 2gb ram. -want sub 1k.. 1k is my LIMIT for now minus accessories. -prefer hardrive for easy car travel -3ccd (i learned this is good for lower lights) -I will be filming some go kart racing.. the track is lit fairly well but its still not amazing for video. A couple guys use standard handheld cams and barely get by but they sell quite a few DVD's -Will just be using Imovie for now. So what i was looking at was HF series.. but they seem to not process light as well as panasonics new HD, 3ccd cams??? SOOO... Im looking at panasonic.. HDC cams. AND JVC HD everio GZ-HD3.... this cam seems to allow a budget for accessories right away, and seems to have the things i "THINK" i desire. I know nothing about codec, or anything. All i know is mac is going to make my life easier.. im addicted to forums.. i learn quickly by asking direct questions. Thank you tooo allllll ahead of time. This forum seems very friendly so i finally got the kahunas to ask what may be a very dumb broad question. Thanks again... all recommendations and beginning knowledge is appreciated. Also any links to places i can read and get a basica understanding would be great. It seems im missing alot of information to understand what I am reading.