I don't need a 120GB space on a camera? You are wrong. Even the very conservative consumer electronics companies have carried standalone devices that have 20GB to over 100GB HDD space. It's a wide industry trend that is also the most important single factor influencing the computer HDD industry. Yes, Samsung also plans to have such devices inside their standalone products. Including refrigerators even. :iagree: What I mean is that it is getting more important to "merge" technologies. It is often more important to make good use of existing technologies than to go deeper in a single area. Sony has been especially good at that. Samsung's rapidly caught up with Sony in that regard. By comparison, IBM has been the world's No. 1 in many technologies, but lost lots of marketshare to Microsoft, Intel, Apple, Samsung, Hitachi, Compaq, HP, and so on due to their lack of good corporate strategies.
CF MicroDrive is still good but it's no more the only solution for big and very portable multimedia storage. It's only one of the technologies used for CF interface and CF is just one of the portable standards competing with SD, MS, xD, etc., but built-in HDDs are something different, that could capture half of the total HDD marketshare in the coming years. Perhaps you feel a lot better with CF MicroDrive because the drives in your place have been much cheaper and widely used. 32MB solid state memory available as a USB card was not easily imagined several years ago. Now 1GB USB cards are cheap and widely available.
Why is it difficult to have 120GB HDD in a camcorder? Or even in a mobile phone for that matter. They are just as big and heavy as LCD panels or batteries or cassette tapes. Of course not in 3.5-inch form factor. It's not impossible, just new at the moment.