Summary: So our Sony HI8 died after only about 20 hours of use :( We decided to give a canon a shot. The ejection door for the mini tape seems less "mechanical" so fewer things to go wrong. This camcorder is very easy to use. you are able to take decent pictures while taping video and it does not interfere with the video. Some people complain about "motor sounds". I don't here it, even in my kid's room at night when it is silent.