Videomaker – Learn video production and editing, camera reviews › Forums › Cameras and Camcorders › Other Camcorders › 17 year old, looking to purchase first prof. lvl cam › For the one grand market,
For the one grand market, and a professional camera, you’ll probably have to go used. My friend bought an XL2 ($2,000) off ebay without any problems, but again, you still have to be careful. Like the others were saying, you definitely want to have manual mike input, and manual lens control for a fair prosumer camera.
Sorry to be somewhat hypocritical, but the panasonic you first mentioned is pretty cheap, has manual controls (and an audio meter – a horrible one), and some other features, but its really the bottom of the bottom of the prosumer level, in my opinion. (However, the camera i used was probably a little bit older than that.)