OK Guys… I need some help… For Christmas this year, my two major gifts are going to be a digital still camera and a digital motion camcorder. As you can see, I made two threads, one for each of these things, because I need specific help for each. I also know that they make camcorders that have built-in still photo functions… But I want them separate because I have specific needs/wants for each of them… This thread is about digital camcorders. Our family has a camcorder. It’s a nice camcorder. It’s also a VHS analog camcorder. This new camcorder I get will replace it. I am in the process of trying to “update” our house. We just got our first “real” DVD player (besides my computer’s DVD drives). I’d like to get a new digital camcorder so that we can make DVDs and have overall better video quality. There are many types of digital camcorders, if I am correct. There’s MiniDV and Digital 8 and a whole bunch of them. What format would be best for around $500-$700? I am looking for a digital camcorder with a digital recording format that would retail around $500. $600 might be plausible… $700 might be cutting it close, and $800 would be right on the brink of the cut-off point. Basically, around $500 (US). I believe my computer has an IEEE 1394 (firewire) port, so therefore, I am looking for a camcorder that has IEEE 1394 (firewire) capabilities. I want a good-quality camcorder, with a good ‘n high resolution. I’d prefer one with a built-in light, though nowadays I’m not too sure if built-in lights are the standard anymore. I want to be able to record firework shows and actually be able to see it. Some sort of stabilization system would be nice too, so my video doesn’t shake too much when we watch it. What else, what else? An LCD panel (though those are pretty much the standard now). I do not need a built-in still photograph system. If it comes with the perfect model, then so bet it, but since I am buying a separate digital still camera, I do not need the capability of a built-in one in my camcorder. What brand is best? What format is best, what brand is best? I’m not looking to shoot an Oscar®-winning feature film, just some home movies (from WDW and such) and put them on DVD and have reasonable quality in both picture image and in audio. Anybody have any ideas or suggestions for what might be my ideal camcorder? Please post them here! And thanks again for helping!