Out of all the formats you mention go for a Mini DV camcorder as they are the best in terms of picture quality and hook up a lot easier to your computer. They are also easier to use when it comes to transferring footage off the tape and onto the hard disk, whereas Mini DVD and HDD camcorders cause a lot of problems. You will also have access to Firewire on the Mini DV cam's and if you have old analogue tapes as most users of this forum have then try and get a model with an AV in socket. That setup will be explained later on. As I've said in previous posts, you can't go wrong with Canon, JVC or my own favourite Panasonic, where are you anyway, the UK or America? And yes, stick with Adobe Premiere Elements 3, it's a one stop shop for capture, editing and burning to DVD rather than chopping and changing from one piece of software to another.