There is thread here about how bad they are. Stay away for sure.
I am also looking at the Sony DCR SR-100. The best price I am finding on the internet through amazon.com and pricegrabber.com is between $700 and $750. When I see a major price drop, this is the one I will probably buy, but I'm in no hurry.
I'm not letting the people on this board talk me into going mini-dv either. I want HDD or some other large storage medium, and do not want to hassle with storing tapes. Been there done that, and I do not like dealing with tapes. I've worked with open reel, 8-track, cassette, 8mm and data storage in the data centers I've worked in all my adult life.
I also don't buy the agruement that hard drives crash. Been coming to this board now for at least six weeks and have not yet seen one person say their hard drive crashed on their camera. I have had hard drives crash on my PC's though and that is a hassle. But my son took the hard drive out and took it to work. Two days later we had all the data off the bad drive loaded to a new drive.
Not going to argue the point that the image quality is better on the min-dv though. I'm just not going to be comaring the two side by side.