well it really isn't a dilemma but I'm not sure what else best describes it: I have an older Sharp Viewcam which has had difficulty with the batteries. I replaced the bat and the charger and still could only get about 5 minutes out of it. I decided to live with it and just stay tethered to the adapter. Then on my daughters 2nd birthday disaster struck - I put in a new tape and recorded but somehow the tape must have been off alignment because there is no audio and a line of static runs horizontally about 1/3 up from the bottom. I tried rew and ff the tape a few times with no luck. I have since recorded more on the same tape with no ill effects. However - the 2nd birthday bliss is about worthless. So I have decided it is time to bite it and get a new camera. I have also decided I want one with NO TAPE! Never again will that happen to me! So far the only thing I found which really turns me on is the Panasonic D-Snap Secure Digital (SD) Video Camera, Model SV-AV100. It is pretty cool and about the only thing out there. It is about $750 from newegg. That is a bit more than I wanted to spend. It also appears to be a new media without much competing models yet so I thought Id ask people who seem to know more about it than me what their thoughts are. Who knows maybe someone has an idea how to rescue the tape of my daughter too... Thanks for reading my post.