I'll be tranferring this upcoming summer to MTSU in Murfresboro, TN where they have one of the top Mass Communication programs in the nation. I'll be doing their Electronic Media Production(TV Production) major. They are requiring all students to buy there own video cameras for some of the production classes and highly suggest the mini-DV. I had intended on getting a mini-DV at some point and was looking at getting a Canon GL2 or a VX-2000 but both are way out of my price range. I was at Wal-Mart and they had a couple of mini-DV cameras(JVC,Panasonic,SHARP) priced between $350 and $500. I know these are low end and my concern is that I eventually want to do some FanFilms and some independent shorts and documentaries outside of school obligations. Can these cheaper cameras do well? Can anyone tell me the best low end mini-DV to buy and what accessories I'll need? I'm also planning to get some editing software. I have a PC so I don't think I can use Final Cut Pro. I'm guessing I'll be able to use Premiere? If so, how much is that? Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.