Been playing tonight with my new toy. Did some tests. Shot some dusk footage in 1080i and standard DV mode. Captured as 1080i, DV and also used the camera to downconvert the 1080i and captuired it as DV. Results were good.
Exports are large. I already got an error trying to upload the WMV files. Imight try again if anyone's interested. But here are a couple of exported still from the 1080i capture and the downconverted DV capture. the chances of them being the exact same frame are about zero but you can see the difference.
the other footage is of a vertical pan up the side of a neighbouring house ending on the sunset. The difference between Dv and HDV is astounding. You can even see the texture of the housebricks!