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Hi Jon – and welcome to the world of DIY video production! With a $2500 budget, you can get something that will give you better resolution (and is easier to use) than a 6 year old HVR-Z7U or 11 year old AH1.
First, you want a camera that records to cards, not tape. You can slip the SD card from a modern camera straight into your computer and import your files straight into CS4. Clearly, this will make your life a lot easier.
Second, you want a camera with higher resolution than a pre-2010 1080i or HDV camera can give you. And it would certainly be nice to record to a 50mbps 10-bit 4:2:2 broadcast quality codec.
For all of these reasons, the camera I recommend in your price range is the brand new Sony PXW-X70. It records to full HD 1080p and is upgradeable to UHD (four times the resolution of HD). It has professional XLR inputs, a professional SDI output and records to Sony's 10-bit 4:2:2 XAVC codec at 50mbps.
Here is what this camera can do (please watch at 1080p):
You can get one for $2299 at Adorama.
Hope this is helpful!