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i know all about avchd, we have a professional videographer / editor / photographer in the family (not me!).
minidv is cheap and will be around for quite a while more. SD camcorders are not yet set to take over the consumer market.
I agree in 2-3 years AVCHD will be kicking butt, but there is little point in going to that right now.
hdd camcorders eat _way_ too much juice, but they trade it for space.
it still surprises me that mini dvd/cd recorders are still on the market as they are just horrid.
SD material is going to be king for a loooong time.
While SD material might be around for more time, it is not clear that this would be miniDV material. The AVCHD consortium has specified their standard for SD resolutions too. And given the fact that chipsets getting cheaper while reading-tapes hardware does not, it is as safe to assume that SD camcorders might also move to the AVCHD h.264 standard rather than the current miniDV mpeg2 one.