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Logic in buying a camcorder?? Opinions needed

So I want to buy a camcorder. I have a question regarding buying a new cam or an older, used cam. Here's the deal. I am trying to decide between the following options.
#1 - buy a brand new Canon HV20, $750 from a licensed dealer at the moment. Great camera, HD, awesome.
# 2 - a friend of mine has a used, but like brand new Panasonic PV-DV953. Now this camcorder came out in 03-04?, but at the time was $1500. A super duper cam considered a prosumer. Now this is only SD, but is one helluva camcorder.
I can get it used for $450.

The one thing holding me back is the whole HD thing. I'm afraid if I buy the SD I'll regret it later. BUT, for $450 I could just hold off and buy a better HD camera in a couple years when the market is more saturated. Then again, have you seen the video taken buy the Canon HV20? It's amazing.

Question is: should I go brand new, Canon HD, or go with the older SD camcorder for less $$$???

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Frankly HD.

In reply to: Logic in buying a camcorder?? Opinions needed

I'm not looking back. I can always cut it down to SD...

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In the end..

In reply to: Logic in buying a camcorder?? Opinions needed

If you dont mind me asking BigKen, what did you choose or end up buying? And what are your thoughts on what you decided?
I'm very close to making a decision on the Panasonic PV-DV953 and your quick,if possible, reply would be most appreciated.
Thanks mate

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