Hi. I am having a hard time deciding!
I do live event recording and industrial video, and I am on a limited budget (max $2,000). Now I have a Sony HVR-A1 (the little "pro" HDV camera from SONY) which does a nice job for my purposes.
I want to upgrade and don't know if better to buy a used XH-A1 (HDV, of course) or a new XA-10/Vixia HF-G10.
The XA-10/Vixia HF-G10 clearly is the future, problably is a much better long term investment, but for pro work I find it quite small (event smaller than my current HVR-A1). For personal use seems great but from the customer point of view they lack that "oh what a camera" selling factor.
The XH-A1 is great in handling, manual controls, etc. but HDV is clearly fading away. I don't know if the better lens (and probably electonics) of the A1 compesate the full HD quality of the XA-10/HF-G10.
To make things more difficult, the price of the HF-G10 is very competitive v. the XA-10, almost $500 less in Amazon. Really don't know if it worth the handle/XLRs. For that money I can get a Roland/Tascam audio recorder, that has much more recording quality and versality.
Please help me!