Summary: The camcorder is definately an improvement over its replacement the HDR-CX500 on paper. We shall see after it has been tested. I just found that quite a few things have been copied. SDHC card slots now.Panasonic was big on that.Is that Sony admitting that memory sticks are too expensive and not as widely available as SDHC cards.Now they are outputing 50p via HDMI. JVC did that 2 years ago and now they've caught up?