I use a JVC GR DV800US. Just got it. It has 540 lines of res. It's only 10x opt. zoom but if you need to get closer then walk toward your subject. To much zoom causes shake (unless your on a good trippod). I would like to have gotten a higher end one, but money becomes a issue real quick (sager 8887, Iomega 120 Gig ext. hd and so on, the wife would have killed me if I spent more the a grand on a new camera.) It's a nice camera check it out. I got mine for $565 (I got it from cdw, with a huge dicount. They want $799, but if you look around you can find it for alot less.) Adobe Premier 6.5 finds it just fine on the firewire, I read somewhere on this forum that some people are having trouble with theirs. The features that I think are important are a good lens, dv formate, lines of res as high as you can get them, low light ability, good batt life, Manual focus, and a good view finder. Alot depends on what you want to do with it. I just do my own stuff, nothing commercial. I do and have done commercial video for a church (I was the producer, directer of their weekly tv program, I have since moved on to work with a local producer) But that is just my two cents worth.