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Hopefully you’re still looking for answers, and this hasn’t come too late.
What is your churches setup for space and lighting? Knowing that information can really help you pick out equipment.
I did video work with a jumbo sized megachurch for five years. They had better stage lighting than the local community theatre (which is among the best in the country) and good house lighting. A church like that could use GL-2’s and get good picture (though with their budget, they actually went and dropped $19 Grand apiece on their cameras. They did use an XL-1 as well, though).
A lot of churches have pretty crappy lighting though (can I say crappy in the church forum??? 🙂 ) and you might need to consider a better camera.
I own a set of three GL-2’s, and for the most part, if you’re not too concerned with the low-light quality, they’re great. Additionally, Canon’s got a $250 mail-in rebate going on for the GL-2. I went out and bought a new one recently just because I could get one for $1700 brand new with the rebate.
Lighting is a big consideration. Budget is a big consideration. But also keep audio quality in mind. A beautiful video with horrid audio is worse than a crappy (there’s that word again) video with crystal clear audio. Of course, I was a sound tech before I was a videographer, so maybe I’m biased ( 🙂 ) but make sure you’ve got good mics for ambiance, and that you can get a clean mix off your sound board. That big church I worked at actually split their audio off to two boards, one for the house, and one for the video room’s audio mix. They did have a lot of high-end equipment (our head producer was in charge of one of the local network stations’ broadcast equipment), but even if you shrink it down to your churches budget, the application is still good. Yeah, you’re not broadcasting on a network (yet), but keep your mind open towards the future. Don’t take shortcuts today that cripple you tomorrow.