Well it would depend- will you shoot 60i or 24p on the DVX100. The 80 can only shoot 60i, and the 24p mode of the DVX100 looks way better than 60i. Personally I'd grab another DVX100 instead. Used you should find for not too much more than an 80 and matching will be perfect.
Thanks Noah – I primarily shoot rock bands on stage, and fairly fast motion stage shows (community theater work) - since there is a good deal of fast action/movement with this type shooting, wouldn’t I get a good amount of strobing with 24p?
I would certainly prefer a 2nd DVX, but the difference between a $800 DVC80 and $1,200 DVX is fairly great today with my current available funds.
The difference between these two cameras is also the DVC80 has over 300 hours, the DVX about 150. Do you consider that a big difference?
If can get enough strong arguments, I'd consider taking a loan for the $400 difference. I’m just on the fence right now and appreciate all your insight, experience and comments.
Sure you can get strobing- if you move the camera too fast- same strobing you would get if shooting film. With practice you get the hang of it. Would you rather have something that looked like a feature concert film or a home video or news channel version of a concert. If you want the former- you want 24p. If you don't care about that at all- stick with the 80.