I'm interested in event coverage (ENG type) and I'm thinking of buying a shoulder-mounted camera, and use my HV for B-roll. There are 3 that I could possibly afford and hope to get your input before I buy:
1) Sony HVR-HD1000U MiniDV 1080i
Pros: I'm already comfortable with tape, and it's the least expensive of the 3.
Cons: Tape is pretty much replaced by cards now.
2) Sony HXR-MC2000U
Pros: This is very similar to the HD1000U, but uses SD cards. Maybe it's time to move on from tape. I have a quad core running w7, so I think I should be able to edit the footage. This one is only a little more than the HD1000U.
Cons: For (a lot) more money, I could buy the HMC-80 ...
3) Panasonic AG-HMC80
Pros: Although it is considerably more $ than either of the above, has a lot more features, of which I have a lot to learn about. Until March 31, it also comes with a rebate for some good accessories.
Cons: It's seems like it might be way out of my skill range.
Should I buy one of the cheaper ones and wait to buy something better when I feel more capable, or go for the HMC-80 and learn it as I go?
TIA for your thoughts.