Ok adam. I will dis cuss it with you. I have the same problem. We exchange arguments. The other one trys to make the argument not valid. At the end( a few days later) we have made our mind up.
First argument pro sonypd170: It is dvcam and there for it delivers a better picture.
First argument pro Pan DVX100: it has leica lens wich is much better then the sony lens (we dont now where it comes from. Zeis?)
First Con pd170:it is said that the audio has a hiss when the lcd is opened
First Con dvx100: it is said that the audio has a bad performance (S/N, IM, Harm.dist.etc.)
So can you commnent on it and give your(new) arguments?