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Yes, you certainly can use an “el cheapo” miniDV camcorder as a deck for 24p playback.
This is because your 24p (progressive) video is written to tape as regular ‘ol interlaced video, with flags to alert your NLE of its special properties. Only when your 24p video is ingested into your NLE does it return to it’s Progressive origins. So, any “normal” camcorder that plays miniDV tapes should do.
A real deck is the best solution though, as a cheap camcorder is more likely to break down on you because of its construction. Real decks are built to take the abuse.