I am going on a road trip with friends this September. Flying out to San Francisco for two days and then taking a 2-day drive down the Pacific Coast Highway to Los Angeles. I wanted to document the entire trip on video. I have a top-of-the-line Sony HI-8mm camcorder that has served me well -- but I am intrigued with the prospect of Mini DV that allows me to dump my video onto a computer and edit away with software. Plus, Mini DV is supposed to have better overall picture quality than HI-8mm. I started looking for low priced camcorders from Cannon, Sharp, JVC and Samsung. Did a lot of research on this and found that these low-priced $400 camcorders are decent, but they lack performance in indoor and low-light situations. In fact, the Canons are supposed to be notorious for bad low-light output. The SONY models got better reviews. The TRV22 was highly rated in the lower-priced tier. It is said that its low-light performance is superb and that it's nightshot (though green hued) is excellent. But then I started looking at some of the higher SONY models. The TRV38 has a large pull-out view screen that is perfect for playing back scenes immediately to friends and family. This was the feature that sold me on going with a much more expensive DV camcorder. Right now the best price I can find from a REPUTABLE on-line retailer is $800 for this camera. That's a bit pricey -- especially when considering I have to buy a second battery for it and loads of blank tape. I am going to wait a little longer to see if any deals sprout up on the web. I have till September to buy this, and perhaps there will be additional price reductions on this model. I realize I am going for something a little more expensive than I need to, but when you consider that the SONY cameras have rated better than most of the others, this may be a wise purchase -- especially for the large viewscreen. If anyone has any experience with the TRV38 or the TRV22 (or any Sony model) I would love to hear your comments.