I have a serious itch for a video camera and I really need to scratch...
I'm posting in hopes that some people here have some decent experience to share, and hopefully some recommendations.
My knowledge of the video camera market is way too low level to be useful. e.g. Die processes for chips, substrate technologies, etc.
There's a lot more to a DVC than just that...
* HD - goes without saying
* Full 30 fps for HD (this is chip dependent, and a low requirement as chips now can easily do full HD at 60+ fps)
* Excellent lens - very important - arguably, this is the absolute most important thing
* Preferably fully digital for storage, though USB for storage (or something similar) is an option
* Decent battery
* Sane format support -- I'll be using Adobe Premiere for editing
I'm open to both full sized and compact options. My main concern is quality. Things can be edited afterwards, so I only care about the initial quality from the camera.
I'd like to keep costs down if possible, and if anyone knows the "sweet spot" in the market right now, please let me know.
On the DSC/DSLR front, I have a Nikon 5000 and am very happy with it. I'd like to aim for something in that comparative range. i.e. Not an uber-pro camera, but something that you could use professionally if required. If the price point is too high, I'd be willing to drop my expectations.
Thank in advance for any recommendations.