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No. I doubt he's ready for a DVX.
Screw the GL1, you'll definitely regret that.
If you're just looking for a reasonably nice camera with some manual controls and a handle, then go for the GL2. Yes, people will say it's obsolete, but if you want to actually learn how to use a camera, then the GL2 is a good place to start.
If you're not so much into filmmaking (i.e. just looking for a point and shoot that puts out reasonably nice video) than go with an HV30.
Just curious - how experienced are you with video? I'm just curious as to whether these recommendations for super nice cameras are good for you just yet...