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Before you start down the dizzying path of trying to figure out what gear you need/want, learn how to use what you have first. When I first started my video training, they handed me a handycam and I used it to learn the basics. When I started freelancing on my own and couldn’t afford a pro camera I bought a handycam and went back to basics.
Learn first how to compose and light your scene. Learn how to best use camera movements like panning, tilting, zoom in and out. Learn how to keep your subject in focus, properly white balance and how to shoot good handheld footage that doesn’t look like ‘earthquake cam’. When you are proficient with your consumer camera then start casting your eyes on a prosumer rig. There will be more controls to master, creative addon’s like filters to learn, possibly more complicated lenses to work with and so on.
I’ve seen it happen too many times when intro level persons try to jump farther than their knowledge/skill before they were prepared. Most times, they buy a ton of gear and then lose interest once they realized they had no idea what they were doing. That you have recognized your current limitations is good. Mastering your tools will extend your limits so when you make the next move, it won’t be that big a stretch.