OK. Time to see who's got the knowledge of this outdated technology to share. I have a couple tapes lying about and a friend would like to see them again. I have nothing to play them on. These are the little mini DV tapes.....around 1/10 the size of the VHS tapes. I think I shot with the camera around 10 years ago and it wasn't bleeding edge technology back then. I don't want a piece of junk, but I definitely don't need one that is "bordering on professional quality" as some I have found on Craigslist claim (do these people realize they are selling machines made in 2001?!). Anyways, I'm in the market for one on the cheap end of the scale. I may hang onto it for little video projects since none of my stills cameras do video very well, but it's also equally likely that I'll use it for a week and then get rid of it and hopefully just lose the cost of shipping. So does anyone have a recommendation for which brands are good.....what features to look for.....have one lying around that they have been meaning to drop off at the Goodwill/ put on Criagslist?