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Handheld our shoulder-mount. Fixed lens or not. Smaller sensor - larger sensor. CMOS or CCD (if you really need CCD). What media. What codec. What container. (The three above can be affected by computer system and NLE you are going to use). Any preference of a manufacturer. Interlaced or progressive (there are some cheap shoulder-mount interlaced-only cams). HD only or HD/SD. 60Hz scanning only or worldcam. Mini-jack or XLR. HDMI or HD-SDI. Buttons or touch-screen.
Lots of choices for this price. Some camcorders are better for some particular tasks than other. You need to figure out what you want, how you are going to edit, what other formats you are going to use, what is your NLE, what is your computer hardware, what style of videos you are going to create, etc, then narrow the choices, then decide.