Really, unless you are a professional videographer, the camera that you use in your videos doesn't HAVE to be a grade-A amazingly expensive camera. As long as you know all of the functions and can use them properly.
WHAT I WANT TO KNOW:
Do you even have a video camera? Do you know how to use it? Do you EVER use it? Why not? (The post to the right is going to tell me HOW to format more of my blog posts for YOU!)
It is the best way (in my opinion) to capture memories, but then again, I came from a family that took home movies CONSTANTLY, and I'm sure my friends will tell you that they had to sit through many of them rolling their eyes.
Is it the editing aspect (finishing) that has you nervous? Fear not - we will discuss editing in this blog, too, in the near future. But, I need to get a feel for my audience first. What is it that you are wanting to learn?
I have 2 different types of cameras, but all of them are Canon.
1.) I have 2 Canon GL2s - really good standard-definition camera (NOT HD) that you can still find online brand new for about $2,700, but if you look on Craig's list - you can find them for $700-$800
2.) I have 2 Canon SLRs - one is my favorite and that is my 7D. About $1,100 for the body and $1,400 if you want a "kit" lens along with it. My advice would be to buy the body and splurge on a nicer lens. If you can afford the Canon 5D - DO IT! But, I couldn't, so this is a lesser option.
3.) If you can't afford either of these, but still want HD AND an SLR camera, the Rebel series are not bad. Just check to see that they have HD and get a good lens (50mm 1.8 or less - or maybe a 18-135mm or something or other for wide angle capabilities in the same lens).
4.) Get an HD Flip camera! Seriously - there are so many cheap HD options out there now that it amazes me what some people can put online now for no money at all!