I just picked up a Canon XH A1 HD videocamera on ebay for $2100 with a hard case, camo rain cover, bunch of tapes, and extended dummy warrenty. I thought it was a pretty good deal considering the cam is in mint condition and is covered for another two years for user damage. If you want to edit video, you will need to fork out a little more for software and other stuff, but it's not too bad.
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