I would like it if all posters were as clear as you are.
The PD-170 is DV/DVCAM only, not HDV.
Your hardware is sufficient to move to HDV. No trouble.
The V1 is a great camera. If it fits in your budget, nothing wrong with it. Whether you want to go i or p is a different question. What is your delivery medium? BR on progressive monitors? If yes, it may make sense to use p, if you use interlaced TV's, stick to i.
My personal feeling is that it is a myth that you can create a 'film look' by just decreasing the FPS. Film look is largely created by lighting and DOF. You can get a better film look by using a LETUS, primes and using proper lighting, than by using p. In that case the non-exchangeable lens on the V1 is a distinct drawback.
Thank you Harm. Your comment is appreciated.
Okay, no interchangeable lenses - in news and docos in my time it was less of a statement, the statement was the journalisitc content. But I guess every T D & H is looking to bring some artistic what-not to the media table in order to tell the same story but from a diferent viewpoint. In other words, the same story but in 16:9. What goes around, comes around.
And yes, lighting and DOF have a lot to add to the landscape. But I wasn't planning on a 35mm conversion kit. Wouldn't it be good if every 24/25p piece of kit came with a focus puller, assistant camera and PA. Now that is one hell of a plugin! Where is that features request link?
I will be ordering my HVR V1 in the morning - watch this space - but hopefully it will be more than just "space" in the fullness of time.