I am looking for suggestions for a camcorder to be used by adult students in a 150-hour video production course. It must have integrated XLR inputs (not an adaptor). Its output must be easily edited on Vegas MS Platinum 8.

We're using a Panasonic HMC 150 currently (with two units of Platinum 9), but we're not 100 per cent sold on this set-up.

Any suggestions?

(To clarify, the cost range expressed above is in Canadian dollars.)