I spent considerable time with the GY-HD100U at NAB. It is a very well thought-out product. It looks durable and easy to use in most situations. Like the Canon, you can swap lenses, and the Fujinon 16X that comes with it is an HD lens - important point. I also like the earphone with padding that is placed next to the color flip-out viewfinder. Off of sticks, it is definately nose-heavy (also like the Canon), but it can be balanced with a Anton-Bauer Battery pack - which is another cool feature. I also saw a neat device that is made by a third party that allows HDV to be recorded directly to disc.