Ok before we get to pricing, I own two Sony HDR HC-7 (current market price $999.95) and one JVC VS200 (long discontinued).
The prices on the low end are:
Panasonic HDC-DX1 $519
Canon HV10 $649
Sony HDR-UX5 $669
Most of the models are priced in the $800 to $1,000 range.
Sony HDR-HC5 $749
Sony HDR-UX5 $849
Panasonic HDC-SD5 $999 (this model is HD - 1920 x 1080 pixel size frame)
The prices on the high end are:
JVC GZ-HD7 $1,199
Panasonic AG-HSC1U $1,895
Above the $2,000 mark is the "prosumer" models.
So the average HDV camcorder will be about $1,000.
Also before purchasing do some research between the difference of AVCHD and HDV formats.
IMHO: I would NOT buy a camcorder that records to DVD.