I got a question from a good friend that I did not know how to answer - does anyone have any idea what the truth is??? "I talked with the guy at Ritz Camera and he said the picture quality of the Mini-DV camcorders is better than that of the Mini-DVD because the picture doesn’t have to be compressed into a smaller medium and also the tapes will provide you with more recording time (mini DVD’s only provide 30 minutes)." Any help or guidence is most appreciated !!!