I'm here looking for advice. I'm currently a student entering into my third year of university in the UK studying Film and TV and I'm looking to buy my own semi-proffessional camera. My Budget is between £2500 and £3000 and absolute maximum ($3600-$4300 on the day of posting). I have several questions that I've found through hours of researching and looking at the many cameras around.
I would like to go HD but is it entirely necessary?
I have been looking at the Canon Xl-H1A but this is way out of my price bracket new, several are on Ebay just about within my price range, is it worth going second hand or am I asking for trouble there?
In a similar vein to the HD question, how does the Canon XL 2 stack up in comparison with the Xl-H1a?
As you may have noticed I've looked at the Canon XL series alot, is this the best way to go for what I want? I've also looked at other brands too, JVC, Sony and Panasonic, how do they all stack up?
Do I even need to spend as much as I've budgeted or can I get similar quality from slightly cheaper cameras?
Sorry about the length and all the questions but it's going to be a while before I finally scrape together the money to finally buy a camera and I want to ensure I get something that will last me a good few years after university doing my own projects. Any thoughts or advice would be much appreciated.