yea they are nice. They are the new standard for smaller film companies. The Cannon xL1s is an insan miniDV camera. Its about 5,000 retail, but you can find a used one for 2,000. I made our senior class video with a $600 mini DV camera and the quality was really good. It also easy to capture video if you have a firewire, or USB 2 connection on the camera.
i dont know, but i would think if you bumped it while it was goin it would mess up, and its not really what id want cause its not as easy to put on your comp. i think its for old people who dont know how to burn it off your computer