I don't think you can get and HD cam a $1000 cheaper than an XL1. The cam is a few years old and the price drops on it every month. If you wanted to get a very good camera for less than a grand buy a vx1000. If you like canon go for the gl2. You get alot more for what you pay than you would with the xl1.
Its not a hi def camera. Im getting it brand new for cheaper than a GL2 or almost every 3CCD camera. Im not gonna ski much park next year maybe only like 10 days and slopestyle comps. I don't really care about weight because I can ski with like a 25 pound pack on so it's not a problem. Im just wondering about how it films and the quality.