Actually, you can use any miniDV camcorder to download the footage, the data-format is exactly the same. Widescreen is done two ways, by cropping the tops and bottoms of the image or by anamorphic compression. This basically compresses the image laterally to fit onto the exact same 720x480 image as regular video. The aspect-ratio encoded with the footage tells the player to stretch out the image sideways.
As for getting footage off your broken camcorder, just plug it into your computer with a firewire cable and you can use the computer as a screen. Download this software package: WinDV. It's basically a remote-control for your camera and you can move around the tape to the point where you want to start and hit the capture button to download.
So the process will go like this:
1. connect firewire cable to PC and download all footage
2. convert DV footage to MPEG2 for DVD (don't resize to keep maximum quality). I prefer FFMPEG for fine-control of numerous conversion options
3. use DVD-authoring package to group clips together into chapters and to lay out menus. I like TMPGenc DVD-author because it can take MPEG2 and create DVD VOB files without re-compression and losing quality.
4. create master ISO DVD-image
5. burn image to DVD.
Be careful with hard-drive based camcorders. Many of them use MPEG4 with too much compression and have lower-quality images than miniDV. The miniDV camcorders could be considered "prosumer" devices while HDD are "consumer", like VHS-C or Hi-8 analog camcorders. Nowadays, the "prosumer" models are HiDef cameras.