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I would recommend looking on Craig’s List and purchasing from someone you can meet in person. The reason is because you want to play with the camera and make sure it’s working properly before you hand over a wad of cash.
While you play with the camera:
Put a tape in and make sure it fast forwards and rewinds w/o any crazy sounds
Record something. Play back what you recorded and make sure the image looks OK and the sound recording works.
Play with the zoom/focus rings and make sure they are working properly
Look at the lens and make sure it’s not scratched. Ask the seller if they had a UV filter on the camera. If they did, it mean they probably took care of their camera.
Make sure there isn’t any damage on the body of the camera.
Make sure the buttons are working.
The PD150 and PD170 are great cameras. If you don’t find them on Craig’s List, look into the Panasonic DVX. If you can do without XLR connections, look into the Sony VX2000 and VX2100