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Great advice, RAM.
24p isn’t really all that important for a production unless you specifically want a film look. Otherwise, 30p, which is available on all the cameras listed so far, will give you a very similar film look. But you can also film in TV-standard 60i and convert it to 24p in your NLE. The quality isn’t exactly the same, but it still gives you that "feel" if that’s what you’re going for.
The advice on getting multiple cameras is very good. I’m a little ashamed that I didn’t think of it earlier myself. even for a production like this, it would be a good idea to have two cameras rolling, so you don’t have to go back and do too many extra takes for filler.
Again, if you want to go high definition, that’s fine, but unless you’ve got money coming out your ears, it’s really not worth it, in my opinion. When you play high def video on a SD DVD player o TV, the difference is virtually indistinguishable from a SD camera like the ones we’ve mentioned.
If you want a set of built-in XLR inputs, you’ll have to get a camera like the Sony PD-170, or Canon’s XL-2. The VX-2100 and the GL-2 don’t come with XLR inputs (though as RAM mentioned, there are fairly inexpensive adapters to do this. Plus, you only need this feature on one of yur cameras anyway, so why pay to have a permanent jack on all of them?
Hope that helps. If not, you can print out all of my posts for kindling for your next bbq 🙂