I am a novice videographer. I've read the basics and sat in on some lectures, but my understanding of the hardware and how to use it best is limited. I have been using a Canon HV20 for several years, but now I want to make the shift from tape media to files as the technology is finally fast and cheap enough. What camera do I want?
I've looked at the Canon XA10 and the XF100. I like the fact that the XF100 can record at a higher data rate than AVCHD will allow using Canon's XF Codec, and I don't mind spending the extra money. But is this camera too much for a novice like me to "get"? I need the camera to be mostly automatic for now, until I can finally get around to learning about proper white balance, exposure, etc.
Of course, it need not be Canon. Any other ideas? The keys are reliable auto-focus, good audio on the built in mic (I'll spring for an external if needed, though), image stabilization, and good performance in low light.