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You, however, have a far superior editing console--iMovie--and a far superior con- nection method--FireWire. Control-L and Lanc are worthless to you. Buying a DV Camcorder Where and How to Buy Virtually every camcorder manufacturer has adopted the DV format, including Sony, Panasonic, JVC, Sharp, RCA, Hitachi, and Canon. Each company releases a new line of models once or twice a year; the feature list always gets longer, the price always gets lower, and the model numbers always change. Cameras come in all sizes, shapes, and price ranges (see Figure 1-8). In magazine reviews and Internet discussion groups, Sony and Canon get consistently high marks for high quality. JVC and Sony make the smallest, most pocketable models. Still, each manufacturer offers different exclusive goodies, and each camcorder generation improves on the previous one. Figure 1-8: The model lineup changes constantly, and new formats come and go. Here, for example, are three of Sony's digital camcorders.