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Digital – it’s going to be hard to find the XH-G1 or the AG-HPX170 for less than $2000. And I know that a lot of experienced pro shooters swear by HDV or P2 work flows, but I’m not a big fan of either bulky tape or $360 P2 cards.
The only camera on your list in the <$2000 price range is the XA10, which has the additional benefit of inexpensive SDHC/SDXC card workflow, light weight and compact size. The nearest competition to the XA10 is the $1795 Panasonic AG-HMC40 — but it doesn’t have the XA-10’s built-in XLR mic inputs.
If you don’t absolutely need 1080p, and 1080i is good enough, you can save a little money and get the shoulder mount form-factor with the $1750 Sony HXR-MC2000U.
A great XA10 review from B&H here.
A great field test of the camera from The Camera Store in Calgary here.
Hope this is helpful,