Have you looked at the gopro cameras? they record in HD and the quality is crazy...
I have the GoPro HD, ContourHD, and Drift HD170. I like the Drift the best for the tighter form factor, LCD, and wrist controller. The new HD170 has 4x zoom and night vision as well.
So much easier to get out and get shots than the set-up of a tri-pod, tapes, and cost of a 3-CCD camera. Hands down what's hot these days is the HD recording on the new Digital SLR's. My bet is one small camera bag with a Canon 70-300 and a couple of these POV cameras to round out the variety of shots.