Sorry. It's been really busy lately. Final dissertation push so I haven't had a lot of time lately. @_@
The only camera I own is a Sony HDD Handicam, which broke during the student protest in 2010. I hope the footage is still there. I'm more of a post-production guy than a filmmaker, but I love using the cameras. Incidentally, I got out a Canon EOS 7D from the Uni to go film a flashmob at a shopping centre on Saturday. I LOVE DEPTH OF FIELD. :D
I guess we have lots of factors to blame for video-capable cameras being everywhere. Now you can get a good DSLR or "mirrorless" for video at less than a grand. Yay, digital! (Helps a lot that the Canon 5D Mark II and III are very capable, though you'd looking at about three grand... for the body only. Egad. (Try looking for APS-C DSLRs and CSCs))
My knowledge of cameras is limited (I'm more of a post-production guy), but that does look interesting. Seems Sony are trying to bridge the gap between DSLR and ENG/video cameras... heard Canon are doing something similar. All good news for me at any rate - not having to spend thousands on a decent film camera.
I'm poking around with RAW+JPEG (Fine) mode with my camera now. Being able to do a lot of adjustments in post with RAW files (ARW for Sony cameras) is a godsend. You can do a lot of adjustments without degrading the image quality.
Also, a nice surprise: At ISO 100, for some reason, there's virtually zero noise even with noise reduction off.