I'm looking for some advice on purchasing a new video camera. I'm a student, and myself and a few of my fellow students/friends are looking at working on a few of our own little film projects through the summer. My video camera seems to be on the blink, and we could do with something a bit more professional. With us being students on part time wages funds aren't great, but at the same time I'd like us to get something that will give us decent enough results. We are possibly documenting a small festival in August and would like to get hold of something before then.

So if anyone can advise on some good options, and what they'd recommend from the different types of cameras, where's the best place to buy them etc. it would be much appreciated.