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Chris, Here's another suggestion. B&H Photo Video sells the Canon Vixia HV40 for $599. This is an amazing camera for the price. It shoots on miniDV tapes, but puts out an amazing HD image (1080 @ 60i or 30p or 24p). As well as fully automatic, it has manual exposure controls, manual focus and manual audio input control! I shot a 1/2 hr television pilot with one of these and all the technicians at the local TV station could not believe the image quality I got out of this little camera. At this low price, you'll have lots left over for all those 'extras' like batteries, tapes, wireless or shotgun mics, wide-angle/telephoto adapters, LED lighting, tripod etc.