well i have no clue about them, and need one today. the last one i or my parents owned was about 100lbs and had the big vhs tapes. Im looking to spend around 500-600 bucks and may can splurge up to 800 if its worth it. Im thinking about the dvd ones, and buying the dual or double layer disc (what ever they are called) so i can get a good quality hour on one disc. this will be mostly used for offload outings some of which are at night. throw some options out for me and some opinions between the DVD, miniDV, Hard drive, dv8 or whatever the different types are..