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I have had an XM1 for almost five years and it still performs well as a back-up camera in some situations. I can honestly say I have never used a camcorder that has stood up to the long, rough treatment this camera has received in a life of use. All functions all still work perfectly although it needed a firewire port replacement 2 years ago which was £50.
It's quite small and light and the ergonomics and build lend themselves well to prolonged shooting without tiring.
In many ways it is approaching obsolescence; it is a 10 year old camera, it is only Standard Definition and is DV tape camera, which requires you to ingest to computer in real time. These are major limitations in 2012. For me, this means if I was considering the camera to buy now I would only buy it if it was second hand or otherwise inexpensive, and only if I had a specific use for it. For me, that's as a back-up for events filming with a good telephoto zoom and still-good quality that can be tweaked in post for good quality - the 25MBPS signal hold up well for modern editing programs liek Final Cut to adjust brightness/contrast /colour.