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Also, check out the advice given this thread with similar information but more based on approach rather than equipment.
Although my target camera will be the AVCHD cameras by either JVC or Panasonic’s HMC150 using SDHC card for content recording, I lean toward, and will likely acquire as a backup, the Canon HV 40, or even the HV 30 if any remain available. Although tape is going to eventually become more difficult to obtain, like VHS and S-VHS, you can still find it, buy it and use it. MiniDV will be available for some time to come IMHO.