take a look at canon gl-1, in europe called xm-1. it has very good lenses, and the picture is very good, almost as jvc gy-dv500, which is a professional camera. the only problem is that the lenses are not interchangeable, but it still has better picture and balance then xl-1 which is also called a professional camera. i haven't work with gl-1 AKA xm-1, but i've seen a tape, it's worth money. you can find it on some web shops for less than $2500.