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OK I have been working on a budget similar to yours for quite some time so I feel like I can be of some help.
Since you didn’t mention a computer, I’m leaving that off…I’m assuming you already have at least a basic setup
I will give two options for you since yu didn’t mention HD v SD
Because of your budget, it would be my guess that you don’t have the most up-to-date software available (not an insult, most people I know don’t) But that will make working with AVCHD files very complicated and annoying. The sony fx7 would be a good choice because of sony’s low light versatility but also look at the HD1000u if you want something a little larger and more stable.Those were just my first two suggestions. If you want some more specific opinions, just let me know more about what you are looking for.
I am a member of the canon fan club and will be for life. If you are going to stay SD then you want a canon xl2. This was my first camera and it was brilliant in every way, I sold it to go HD but it hurt to get rid of it. Other than that, Panasonic makes some good SD full-sized cameras that most of the local news stations in the cuntry still use. And the Sony PD170 is also a good choice and a favorite of some of the other members of the website. (i found this on b&h it might be worth checking out. http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/306461-REG/Sony__DSR_PD170_3_CCD_Mini_DVCAM.html)
As for the mics, I have only used azden wireless and they have never failed, I would give you model numbers but they are about five years old so I’m sure there is more modern available. but definitely check them out.
I hope I helped you out a little bit. It is a bit hard not knowing exactly what you will be using it for or what you need, so if you would like to chat further just post back and I will help as best i can.