How Do You Choose a Camera?
Choosing kit is always difficult, even for the professionals. There is always a trade off between quality, portability and ruggedness. Some independent journalists are happy using a smartphone, others a digital SLR. What ever the choice, the decisions you make on equipment will profoundly effect the end result - your films and reportage.
Perhaps the best web resource to compare equipment and compare prices is B&H Video in New York. For in depth reviews of still cameras and shooting DSLRs, DP Review is an invaluable resource and for broadcast cameras, a good starting point is HD Camera Guide.