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Just the common things like a tripod, filters, on-camera light, mics, headphone, multiple batteries and memory cards, etc. Some you may already have.
I just hope you already have a decent tripod, because those start at around $ 1 K minimum. Get the correct counter balance springs for the camera weight.
One of the places I looked (Amazon?) had a bundle deal with lots of accessories... some of which I don't need (have a good tripod) and some of which are specific to the Canon (extra battery and charger) so when I actually get ready to buy, I'll price out those things I really need and compare to the bundle
So... no other camcorder I should consider?
The HFS100 has high reviews... but I always like to balance that with information from use in the real world
Sorry, I just don't know enough about those cameras. If you were to ask about XDCAM, I might have the suggestion to look closely at the EX3, but it is not in your budget range.
Yes, budget is important since I don't do this to make $$, only as a family hobby
I'm already up to about $2,500 for (revised) computer and software... so another $900 to $1k for camera and accessories is a big addition for me
The HFS100 does get good reviews for overall camera and video quality and low light filming (the biggest problem I have for impromptu family movies) so unless I come across something at the same $700 basic cost, that is what I will buy some time after the computer is finished