****, its a grand cheaper than the canon xl1s... but you dont get interchangable lenses. thats why its so popular. the xl1s also has a "film" mode. its miniDV, not miniDVD. its not any less "pro"... these are the standard "pro" digital cameras on the low end [high end is 5 figures and up]... as far as i know, there is digital8, miniDV... what other storage mediums? microMV, but i dont know what that is.