Just had to tell someone who might fein interest (wife doesn't understand). Just got myself a Panasonic NV GS400 (Carlsburg Voice "Probably the best consumer level MiniDV cam ever made") for under 300 off eBay. Been waiting for one of those babies for the right price for 18 months.
OK, it's missing many of the accessories, but these are still available and won't cost much.
Supposedly only used for 3 hours.....Hmmmm ... maybe ... but it'll have to be very well used not to be a bargain.