you have options and decisions
depending on what your video capture plans are.
Music videos, documentaries, short subjects, 13/30/60 commercials, promotional spots for non-profits, and all the other "different" styles can use different equipment.
Example: Music video. There are basically two kinds (in my mind):
1) Live performance.
Because music is binaural (and instruments are spread across a stage, use of a stereo mic during live performance is suggested. The separation of the music into the left/right channels is more robust than a single mono sound source. And getting room ambiance is easier. When prerecorded music is used, that would normally be stereo, anyway - so if one mixes live performance video with pre-recorded, just mute the live performance audio track(s). Have the band play/lip sync to the music playing while capturing video. Sync the music audio track captured with the video along with the pre-recorded music audio track. When in sync (there is no echo), mute the audio captured by the camcorder.
Example: Documentary - talking head.
If it is only one person speaking, then use a single mic - preferably a wireless lavaliere. Because it is only one person, no stereo separation is needed. A shotgun mic can work, too. So can a decent handheld dynamic mic.
If you don't know what you expect to capture and decide you need the widest window or capture opportunity, this means large lens diameter and large imaging chip array (typically 3CCD or more commonly these days, 3CMOS). Under $2,000, the Sony HDR-FX7 is good - but can be limiting. I would much prefer the Sony HDR-FX1000 or Canon XHA1.
If you decide to limit your low-light capture (by shooting under good conditions or adding light), then the Canon HV40 is worth a look as are any in the Canon HF S series AVCHD consumer camcorders.
A couple of mics, a decent tripod, optional high capacity rechargeable battery from the camcorder manufacturer, video light, maybe an XLR adapter depending and the camcorder, decent case... to start. Add other stuff as time passes and you find you need something.
I did not exactly "suggest spending an equal amount of money on accessories" but it does seem work out that way. Ultimately, you *could* easily spend more on extras than the camera itself. A basic Steadicam vest system with counter-balanced articulated arm for a consumer camcorder can price out around $2,700 (Steadycam Merlin system).
If you plan to capture LONG sequences (like a sporting event or anything over 20 minutes at a single push of the record button), then a dSLR capable of capturing video is not a good idea. They can overheat. If you plan to capture lots of short sequences and edit, then perhaps a dSLR (upper end of the Canon, Nikon or others) might be appropriate.
It really depends on the sort of video you want to get into... This is not much different from still image capture and getting different lenses for different shooting environments... flash or not, types of flash whether portrait, action, fashion, sports... bounce or not, shutter speed, aperture settings, etc...
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