Sony TRV - 19 vs 38 -COnverting Hi8


First, thanks in advance for the help.

I need to buy a new camcorder and trying to decide between the Sony TRV-19 and TRV - 38.

The question I have is that if I want to convert my old SOny analog Hi8 to Digital, am I better off going with the larger size TRV-38 and plug the old camcorder in there to go to MiniDV, or do I buy the smaller , more compact TRV-19 and buy a bridge to convert them on my PC?

I eventually want to go to DVD, but thats for later.