one of my favorite DV film makers has tested the GH1 and as always his results are quite remarkable. This camera is pretty amazing, especially considering it's size. It is what they call a 3/4's size 35mm DSLR. The 2 other cameras which are providing the competition in this HD video / DSLR category are the Nikon D90 and the Cannon 5D MarkII. Both more expensive and neither have audio recording built in. The GH1 has a stereo mic right in the camera and a completely silent zoom lens, so you do not hear any mechanical sounds when zooming. It also comes in 3 colors the ever present BLACK, RED, and GOLD. When you consider that only 10 years ago, the most expensive video production cameras still looked like video (look at a soap opera from 1999) it is pretty amazing that you can shoot in HD color with DOF and Audio with a camera that fits in the palm of your hand.