Okay, what did I buy? I ended up with a Sony DCR-SX45. It isn't a high def camcorder and although I have a flat screen TV I don't have a HD box yet. The HD camcorders were a significant jump in price and I didn't want to pay over $400!!! This one was a great price ($250) for what I want it for and has a great zoom. It went on sale after Christmas and I got another $30 back that I put towards a case. In looking for info on it tonight to post, there are a couple of young kids who have made YouTube reviews on it. I liked the fact that it took SD cards and had no internal memory. The salesman at London Drug sold me on this feature. So long as I have a supply of SD cards with me and a spare battery, I won't get a message to say the internal memory is full! Yikes, that would be really bad luck. I couldn't imagine saying, "Hey, can I come back in a couple of hours when my camcorder is empty and have you hand me my child again so we can get it on tape?" I'm kidding of course! I will buy another battery closer to the time as they are about $80. I was going to try and post a video for you to see my skills, or lack there of, but was called out by a friend with an emergency. It is now bedtime. I don't know if I need a youtube account or if I can just post a video like a photo. Nope, can't post like a photo.