CamcorderInfo.com has a very extensive review of the new sub-$2000 Sony high-definition camcorder, the HDR-HC1. This is one of several new consumer/prosumer high-definition video (HDV) camcorders on the market. The high-end is defined by the Sony HDR-FX1, which is a fantastic $4000 HD unit that really opened up the market to prosumers. JVC also has two camcorders aimed for the prosumer/consumer markets: the GR-HD1 and the JY-HD10U. There's a nice comparison of the high-end Sony vs. JVC on HDVinfo.net.
Why am I interested? This winter, I'm thinking of making an ethnographic film about psychiatric disabilities (mental illness) in Japan. I'd like to shoot it in HDV and since Apple's Final Cut Pro (not to mention iMovie HD) is all-HD compatible these days, there's no reason not to shoot at the higher resolution. You can always mix down to NTSC. If you have any thoughts or comments, please post them here!