and 1080i or 720p MPEG2 @ 25 mbps exhibits essentially the same level of artifacting under the same conditions. NTSC DV @ 25 mbps, by contrast, is close enough to being artifact-free that most people would never notice any without closely scrutinizing the video.
is the part of your statement that I do not agree with in any way shape or form.
There is simply no way that you can AT ALL compare ntsc SD dv to 1080i mpeg2. If you are saying that the dv is better, then you have to be about the only one on this earth with this belief. I would be more inclined to say that people wouldn't notice the artifacting in dv merely because they're too busy noticing the blurry lines and drab, pale colors after having a taste of 1080i mpeg2.
Maybe the computer/tv or other equipment you are using is not up to date, or you are not including enough lighting in your mpeg shoots... I don't know... but I'm not going to bother debating this any further... After re-reading your opening post, it's pretty clear that you were expecting a reply like mine right from the start anyway:
Not going to argue the point; I've seen enough for myself.
I will however say again that your request is quite an oddball one and I doubt you will find what you are looking for. If you look at the dv cams that they are putting out these days, you will find that further advancements are minor at best... there is simply no more money to be had with this type of cam anymore. Those that are still interested in consumer grade DV cams, are simply those that are looking to be as cost effective as possible.... and DV is still very hard to beat in the $200-$500 range
... and no... I seriously doubt you will find a HDD SD cam that shoots mpeg at 25M either. The highest I have seen SD In mpeg, is 12M on the wintv pvr usb2 (tv tuner card) and 15M on the canopus hardware encoding mpeg capture card.
If you find that I am wrong on this, then please do write back and let me know... I would be more than just a bit interested to hear about it!