This should be interesting.

I'm a multimedia designer - web, conferences, training events etc - the whole multimedia gamut.
I want to expand in to video production. I've done some video editing but I want to buy a video camera.

I've got a budget of around £3000. So the question is, what camera would you go for? Is there any concensus on this.

I intend to be filming outdoor sporting events as well as indoor conferences etc . . . so all conditions really.