I haven't had much time to play with Darthcam yet, but i did discover a bit of software that allows me to take the 1080 60i video and convert it to 1080 24p, and it does it intelligently, not just trying to blend fields-- it actually tracks motion, and only blends what it needs to. What this means is that it has a higher spatial resolution than the Vegas "pulldown" conversion, meaning that it looks better (highly subjective) because it retains more detail. There is still some loss of detail over shooting native 24p, but since I'm starting with 1080 to begin with, I'm not overly concerned. I could very happily live with finishing in 720p24 for quite some time.
Okay, my system is too slow to handle 1080 high-def directly. The same company also has a codec that allows for editing with a lower-res proxy so you can do what you need to with the proxy, then click and re-render for the full-def version.
Last night before I went to bed, I started a render from the uncompressed 1080p 24 footage to a 720p 24 .wmv9 file. This morning I played it, and it was just damnfinepeachy. What I don't know is if I can edit with 720P24 footage (not in WMV9). To be fair, I only have one minute of video that I shot, and it's not exactly polished, but I've been using it for testing bits and pieces. The footage is noisy-- it looks a lot like film grain from a 16mm camera-- but that could just be not enough light.
Something that I've noticed is that consumer-grade cameras seem to need a lot more light to get a good picture. Looking at camera specifications, that seems to be a trend; I'd guess it has to do a lot with the amount and quality of the electronics involved as well as the size of the imaging chips. Consumer cameras tend to have more color saturation as well, probably because more color = exciting.
The other thing that has me really effing curious is how the 1080p24 footage will hold up for greenscreen work. there will of course have to be testing when I get some time.