Howdy. I'm planning on shooting a short documentary and I'm doing research on which camera to purchase for the job. At first I was going to use my Sony HDR-SR5 but I soon learned that the camera doesn't have a mic jack so I wouldn't be able to get any good audio into it. I'm also not so sure about the AVCHD format. Backing up is a pain. So, I know I definitely want to shoot in HD and it needs to have a mic jack. I also need the camera to allow me some manual control over the video and audio. In terms of budget, I would say $2000 is my max but I'm also open to any options in the $1000 area if there are any. I'm not looking for high-end pro results but I do want the quality of the video to be good. One of the cameras I was looking at is the Sony HVR-A1U but I need to research this one a little more. Any recommendations or advice would be very much appreciated. Thanks.