Amateur movie making camcorder suggestions?

I'm looking to buy a good but not extraordinarily expensive camcorder to make armature movies for film festivals and such. But I really have no clue on what type i should go for. minidv, hdd, such and so on. I would like something that gives you a good clear image, good sound, good quality in both indoors and... show more I'm looking to buy a good but not extraordinarily expensive camcorder to make armature movies for film festivals and such. But I really have no clue on what type i should go for. minidv, hdd, such and so on.

I would like something that gives you a good clear image, good sound, good quality in both indoors and out, and if not good then acceptable night vision.

price range nothing exceeding 500. something that good around 200 would be amazingly awesome too :D
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