So many errors I don't know where to begin. The Sony mini DVD's for $2 each at Sam's club. Not that expensive. Finalizing a 20 min HD disk takes less than 2 min. and is easily done on battery power. Also finalizing is only necessary to generate the menu. You can take a DVD straight out of the camera and play it in a PS3, computer or blu ray player without finalizing. No problem. That's an enormous advantage over a painfully slow tape system. And yes, at least 95% will never edit their video at all. They just play them.
Also copying is a snap. Just make a disk copy to full size DVD. It plays great HD in the PS3 or blu ray player. The same is true of standard definition.
The quality is super. Looks just as good as any broadcast HD. Period.
Never again will struggle with copying a tape in real time. Ouch! Talk about a waste of time!