If you're really picky about the cideo quality then I guess yea, Tape's still the best. But I personally feel that you're not losing much from the compression, and most (normal) people can't really tell the difference unless you point it out to them anyway.so have you decided?
to help, if you really die hard fanatic abt quality, there is no doubt the tape based HD vidcams offers the best uncompressed recording. even when converted to HD clips, arguably still better than compressed avchd files recorded from flash/hardidsk vidcams. to me, that was the best part abt tape
however the latest HD vidcams legria or handycam has improved the sensors and algos(quality diff almost negligible) and maintained the ease of use and convenience
just think abt the space you save in the dry cabinet for tapes, time you save for trasnfer of data (tape conversion is real time! 1 hour tape means 1 hour import, vs usb transfer of clips from flash/harddisk).
also look at market directions, manufacturers are phasing out tape camcorders, parts and consumables inventory slowly depleting.
I'd keep it in if I were to go to hot countries like Africa, just to screw around. Global warming! Snow in Africa!good for you. anyway, remember to get a head cleaner(its a DV tape). must have. you won't want to go out for excursion and realise for some reason the recording ended up having 'snow flakes'