I am seriously thinking about buying a digital camcorder but am having trouble finding info about what I will need, Manufactures are good at telling the plus points but not the negative. Ideally I will be taking family pics to keep and embaress the kids when they are older. I have a 4yr old simy 8mm hi8 analog which works fine but it is a pain transferring to video, any editing and without purchasing more kit I cannot put on PC. The new camcorders appear to be compact and able to take stills. Any recommendations. The Canon MV500/500i look suitable. Will i need to buy 3rd party editing software of is the Movimaker in xp useable. What method of transfer should I be looking at I do not have firewire or usb2. Is this necessary? Anyone with experience bad or good your comments appreciated. I have seen some very compressed filming transferred onto cd and the quality was still better than my analogue camcorder. thanks I posted here because I presumed Video/audio was more card orientated.