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I’ve always loved Canon optics, so I’d lean towards the A1.
Sony (And basically all cameras using a CMOS chip) use a “rolling shutter” to capture frames, and as such, are prone to some seriously nasty distortion if your shutter is too slow and you pan too fast. (Here’s a great page on differences between CMOS and CCD)
The AG-DVX100B is a truly beautiful camera, but the downside is that it’s not HD, and it natively shoots 4:3. Now keep in mind that the guy telling you this is still shooting in 4:3 SD video, but if you don’t want to replace your investment for a long time, you should consider an HD model.
There are some nifty tapeless models out there, but I hate the compression that hard drive and dvd/blu-ray models inflict, and I don’t totally trust solid-state memory yet.
So in short, based on the three you listed, I would personally pick the Canon. But that’s based on what I do for a living. Different cameras for different jobs, so if we know what you’ll be doing with it, that will help to.
Final word of advice, the longer you can wait to buy an HD camcorder, the better. Low light performace still pretty much stinks across the board. In theory, the longer you wait to buy, the more they imporve this. In practice….well, let’s stick with theory for now…