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sullyllus – the Vixias are great cameras, but I would avoid consumer palmcorders for pro work. If you can stretch your budget just a little, you can get a Panasonic AG-AC7 shoulder mounted camcorder for $1136. The shoulder mount looks more professional and will help you to keep your shots steadier (without spending extra money for a shoulder rig). It shoots 1080 interlaced only, but it is a good beginner pro camera and can produce quality video in high definition.
Here's a wedding video shot with the AG-AC7 (watch in 720p):
Short narrative video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A2ubyQywC_g
Hope this is helpful,