It really depends on how you are setup to use camcorder formats after you record something. I personally prefer the mini-DV format because my computer has a Firewire connection and so does my mini-DV camcorder, and I have the software on my computer that accepts Firewire. Mini-DV will be around for a long time, and for my purposes, it maintains better image resolution for downloading video. For many, the ability to directly download video to YouTube is of primary importance, and people who do that need a camera that records video on a memory card or hard-drive. Do your own thing. Buck the system. Purchase a min-DV, and don't speak to the idiot sales person. Heck, prior to his video sales job he had a job trying to sell you a GM car instead of a Honda, so what does he know?
I went to an outlet, with the intention of purchasing a camcorder with the miniDV recording format. I know what I want, but the sales person kept pushing DVDs and Hard Disks, saying that miniDVs are old and out...I tried to explain, but to no avail, and this happened where many people were around, and some turned their heads in my direction. This made me looked silly and stupid. Do I break the law if I tell out loud all the bad things (in a positive manner) about DVDs and Hard disks, so that all the people can hear ? (I was in a store in New Yotk, USA. Thanks.