I am looking for an HD camcorder that writes to a memory card. My preliminary search shows several possible models in $1500-$3000 range. Main interest is finding something I can use handheld (or shoulder mounted) without shaking the unit every time I make an adjustment. Long focal length less important than macro performance. Ideally would take an XLR or wireless mike. Separate physical controls for exposure, focus, audio gain would be nice. I do not like touch screens on cameras.
Suggestions? I am biased towards Panasonic and Canon (in part because of compatibility with editing software) and away from Sony (too many weird non-standard “features”), but would consider Sony and others if there’s a good reason for them.