Affordable when it comes to cameras varies. When it comes to professional gear the new generation of digital cinematography cameras can go for as high as $50,000+
The cheapest professional digi cine camera for an 'affordable' price compared to all others is the RED One, a 4K (four times 1080p resolution, which also atm makes it the highest resolution camera, most like Arri's Alexa only go to 2K at best) camera, the brain (not including lenses and other stuff) is about $20,000. Adding lenses, tripod, batteries, harddrives etc. will run you about $50-80,000.
But since I don't think you meant that much; I'd suggest something along the lines of an HPX170 or HVX200; both can do 1080p and have decent images. They also shoot on P2 media which exports MXF files, which if you cut on Avid; those files Avid natively uses. Both can cost about $5-10,000 I should think.
If you only wanna spend about $2,000 the Cannon 5D MkII or the 7D are good alternatives. 5D MkII has a full 35mm sensor and 1080p but 7D can do 1080p at 24fps (I think 5D MkII can too) so it has a much more film like feel.
Problem with both is that they're not purpose built digital cinematography cameras (they're DSLR, basically high tech still cameras) and so they do have the chance of rolling shutter or dead/hot pixels when in video mode. But both export Quicktimes.
My roommate is a sound design major and I'll ask him for something he could recommend. If you can avoid it; avoid using camera audio as the main source, audio is always secondary on them. Double system (which you capture audio separate and synch in post) is the way to go. I'll ask him what he recommends for affordable capture tools.
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