Budget is for DV and limited HDV
Economical is for DV, HDV and AVCHD
Warrior is for Red 4K
All HD type cameras have good and lousy models. It depends on what kind of shooting you do. Sports, ENG, documentaries, interviews, etc.?
A safe bet would be a XDCAM-EX camera like the EX3 or PMW-350.
I work for a large commercial development company with a small marketing department... 3 "graphic artists", copywriter, asst, project mgr, vp. Point is we'll have three CS5 systems that will need to be built. Currently running Core 2 Duo's. Probably have about $2000 for a camera, but I guess my main question is HDV or AVCHD and can premiere really edit it efficiently. Also, will current AVCHD cameras be out of date in 2 years vs the HDR-FX7 which is 4 years old and still a good camera. This is mainly for in house video, that will be broadcast on the 10-15 monitors throughout our headquarters, in powerpoint presentations to potential clients, etc. I'm not trying to do national geographic here.
Core2 Duo's will handle HDV OK, for AVCHD you need to upgrade the sytems.
Both formats will be around for some time, but AVCHD seems more future proof than HDV, but will also require more powerful PC's.
I am in the process of building a new computer (hardware is home waiting for me!) shown at http://www.pacifier.com/~jtsmith/ADOBE.HTM
That includes a new AVCHD camera... which "should" edit OK off of a single data drive rather than raid, according to Adobe's requirements page
looks like I'm going with Tape due to costs of getting a reliable system up and running.
Next question is, what size monitor should be used for Premiere? I'm still running CRT's due to print media, and our IT deparment is trying to get us to use 16:9 format that is only 11" tall. They hooked it up to my current machine and I told them to take it back since only the very highest resolution was in proper perspective and with that small of a monitor, it was worthless.
You should find it in the $2100 to $2200 range at any number of resellers.
Get Cineform's Neo Scene and you can convert the AVCHD to Cinform's codec. That will allow you to edit the material on a system that can't handle editing AVCHD natively. I would still look at getting a supported video card for the MPE regardless of which way you go. As for monitors, have your IT look at the Asus monitors. Their cheap with great color and a very low response time.