Found this nice triple CCD mini-DV cam cheap and it works well. I have no experience with the Sony DVCAM format, so am unsure how PPro would respond.
Tape is a pain, but some of the things I shoot only require SD video. IIRC, this format puts a low load on the CPU, so maybe editing with it is worth the effort?
Lastly, would I have to buy some kind of digitizing card, or only a Firewire port card? Seems that as I think back, folks using mini-DV had to buy capture cards for their computers.
Would using this cam with PPro require all sorts of additional equipment, like decks?
It looks like the camera has an ilink connector (firewire). If your computer has a Firewire port you should be able copy from the tape to the pc using Premiere. As you said, you might have to buy a firewire card.