Hello everybody! I'm a freelance graphic designer/illustrator looking for a video camera. I don't want to to anything professional with it (but I'll still disguise it as a business expense. My girlfriend and me have a couple of ideas for some funny or more or less artistic short films. Maybe I'm looking for a new way to express my creativity away from the Adobe CS2 stuff I normally use. My budget is about 400 - 500. As I mentioned I do not need anything professional but I don't want to buy the cheapest crap on the market. Since I'm a total noob in the video department I have some question and would greatly appreciate any input. 1) What are the advantages/disadvanteges of the different recording systems, i.e. Mini DV vs integrated Harddisk? 2) Is there any "must have" feature I should look for? 3) Is there any "omg u noob u were ripped off" thing I should be aware of? 4) What is a good resolution for a camera for the budget above? I saw devices from 0,3 megapixel to 1 megapixel for that price range. 5) My current machine is a 15" G4 Powerbook 1,67 ghz, 2gb ram and the ATI mobility radeon 9700 128 mb gfx card connected to a 21" Eizo lcd. It's still a good performer for my Adobe CS2 needs, but how will it perform in video editing? Keep in mind it is my main working machine, so most of the timeI won't have time to let it render or import for 5 hours without being able to do any paid work with it. My girlfriend has a 1,33 ghz G4 iBook with 1gb ram, that's only used for internet and her photos, would this machine be able to handle video stuff at an at least somewhat "ok" speed? With the iBook it wouldn't matter that much how long it takes, since we don't have any deadlines. Thanks in advance for your time & answers.