this is a good suggestion. definitely
do not get the GL2. it's so old and not even that
great of an SD camera. if you are that worried about learning how to use a camera, get a DVX. used hmc40 is the best though, because you will learn how to use a camera but also get HD footage.
if you can't afford the hmc, i would recommend getting the hs200. learning how to use a camera is important, but HD is so much the norm right now that i think you would be better off with the vixia