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I still use a Mini DV camera to shoot documentaries and commercial videos, its a Sony HVR-A1 High Definition camera. I have seen A1’s on ebay for $500. When buying second hand always check out the tape hour display as both the video heads and tape transport mechanism are subject to ware. The A1 is small, very portable and easy to use.
I have had an SD card fail to record, I did not find out until I checked in playback, however in my experience If a Mini DV tape fails its always been obvious in the viewfinder during recording.