Purely for the camera, I'd go used.
I'd go for a VG10 because it was upgraded to a VG20 quickly which means there are some excellent, barely used examples around. I'd also ditch the stock lens, go body only and buy the Sigma 30mm 2.8 which is £100.
Beyond this, the ubiquituous Manfrotto video tripod (used), used fluid head - a 701 is fine for the VG10 and a monopod mean the whole package will cost less than £1,000 for full HD and a package which is loads better than an HDV solution. As a plus, it is part of the Sony range of camcorders meaning you are futureproofed if you make money because you just keep the lens and the rest of the kit and upgrade the body. The next level up is the FS100.
As a note, I am purely answering the question 'which camera.' If you need mics, editing equipment etc..., this is a whole new ball game.
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