Hello, as a long time XL-2 owner I thought perhaps my input is perhaps a bit better than a few others.
First, I have never heard of the fuse problem. I have never experienced it, or heard it mentioned before now. I would ask canon or a reseller about that.
So, th 'VS' any other camera is always a bit tricky. Me myself, I wait til 1080p is the 'standard' before I transit to HD. Where I live it is quite a while away until people have HD-DVD, Blue-ray, full supported screens etc. I am perhaps a bit slow, but I dont understand 1080i
720p methink is better to shoot and work in, but that is, as far as I remember not supported by the A1.
But there are other considerations, I'll try to give my ups and downs:
Its 'big'. It doesnt look like anything you can buy at wall-mart, everyone sees that, and everyone understands they are dealing with a 'pro'. you WILL get more atention. Peoplde DO treat you with more respect. its a fact of life.
Also makes it quite acceptable as a shoulder cam, witch I like.
That is also a 'con'. It is 'big'. It is more clumsy to carry, bring along, especialy on airplanes with the new baggage-size rules. Its not 'very' heavy, but heavy enough to render usage of say glidecam 4000 quite hard without further, expencive addons (flyer).
Then you have interchangable lenses. This was a big selling point for me, but I found that I mostly use the 20x stock lens, and once in a blue moon change it to a wide. Others change lenses everytime they shoot.
Manual settings. XL-2 is a killer on settings. This is not a point and shoot camera. This is also a good and/or a bad thing. You WILL learn manual controlls using this camera, or end up complaining how bad images the xl-2 gives
No LCD flipscreen forces you to use the tiny viewfinder or external monitor. External is the way to go on planned shots.
But to conclude. Would I buy this camera again ?
I am a bit unsure. If Im realy 'feeling it out' Im leaning towards a 'no', at least for full retail price. But its not an 'absolute' no. In my opinnion, this is one of the best (if not the best) SD cameras out there.
If you have any spesific questions, ask and I will try to answer.