Though this is more relating to video work, I figure Photography would be the best place to post this.
Anyway, I've been using a Samsung MiniDV camera for the last 4 years to shoot movies, and it's outdated. It doesn't shoot HD, doesn't shoot in 16:9, and its quality is pure shit.
I work on independent movies with friends, and I've been looking to replace this camera for a while. Being as I just hit a deer with my car, my budget has been decreased significantly, but I've got a project coming up for a local fire hall, and I need something of better quality.
I've got $300 to work with, I'll throw in $25 as an extra "padding" for tax.
I'm looking for a video camera that:
-Shoots at LEAST 720p.
-Preferably with an external mic jack.
-Must NOT use any kind of tape media.
-Must NOT be portable form factor (FlipHD-style.)
Basically the best quality camera for $300-$325. I figure I'd ask here because I don't have much time to ever look around on my own, and I want to hear from people who may have actually used them before.
Any help greatly appreciated.