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Your reasoning is solid.
However, HD is not there yet in low light situations. If you are into shooting “atmosphere,” areas that include lots of shadow or extreme contrast, night shots, interiors of churches, clubs, hotels, AND NOT AUGMENTING THE LIGHT, the basic current prosumer HD models are producing more mud and video noise than top of the line SD counterparts (e.g., the 1 lux Sony VX2100). Outside of these situations, the HD images are fantastic. In demos, I notice that HDs are getting better than they were for these types of shoots. (Last demo, about 3-months ago. BTW, demo areas at camera stores and convention centers are EXTREMELY well lit in case you hadn’t noticed.) Later models of HD will catch up, just as digital eventually blew past analog in the old days, in the low light department.
If the low light world is not part of your work, or you have it covered otherwise, HD looks like a good choice for you.
REGARDS … TOM 8)