I saw my first Canon XL1 at a promo shoot for my TV station in Philadelphia. All our news camerapeople were shooting with $30,000 Panasonic DVC Pro cameras and the station had hired an independent company to produce promos and they were using a $4000+, little Canon XL1. I was intrigued so talked to the videographers about why they liked it. I bought one shortly after that and have loved it with every shoot. The way you know they did their homework is that the body style and basic camera haven't changed since they designed it. If you can find a used one buy it. It's the best mid range, independent producer camcorder on the market.