So, I'm not a professional videographer, but I film stuff a lot. Anyway, I mostly use an old Canon XL1 because it's the only camera I ever owned that's never developed any kind of fault.
Anyway, to save wear and tear, I've always put the tapes in a cheapo miniDV camcorder for capture to my PC, and I'm pretty sure I'm right in assuming, there would be no loss in quality from doing this, unless maybe a dirty head caused dropouts, but am I right? Surely DV is DV. Surely all that matters is the camera it was filmed on, not the one you use to play it back?