The $5000 price tag, plus lens, plus cards, plus batteries, is just too steep for us.

We are a non-profit and have about $4500 total for a new camera.

I love the Panasonic AG-AF100 in that it has a memory card instead of tape, XLR directly into the camera, and 4/3 chip for DOF control. Question is:

IS THERE ANOTHER CAMERA THAT COMPARES THAT'S LESS $$$?

Any thoughts would be appreciated. The problem I see with DSLR is audio.

????

Thanks.