Summary: I bought one of these to transfer my old 8mm to DVD. What I didn't realize was that it made great video too, as it's a mega pixel camcorder. So the tapes are a bit bigger, and the camera is heavy. It is a nice back up if you need it, and you will have to look very closely to see much difference between a TRV30 and this one. With the larger lens (37mm), it still blows away the new mid grade mini DV's with the 25mm, bad-in-low-light lenses.