I think I might stay with mini DV. My main requirements are cheapness, a lightweight camera, and then moderately good image quality in about that priority.
So it HAS to be cheap, probably under £200 in the UK, it really must be light weight, certainly under 400 grams and i guess in the end it is no good if the image quality is atrocious as I will be playing it on a 50" plasma!!
Is that an impossible combination?
I have seen a sony DCR-HC53 and a canon MD101 that look very cheap? not sure if they are any good.