Hey Guys and Gals
Well I need to buy a camcorder/video camera in order to take relatively decent movies to use in videos for the Medical Students' Association of my University.

I do not want to spend a lot of money (this camera might break whilst being used at some point and it will be lent to other students to take clips of events).

Does anyone have any advice on what to get?

Also one major problem is taking a decent movie clip without it seeming that an earthquake is taking place, because of all the shaking.
When the camera is steady and placed on a tripod it is not a problem, however when we go about the streets the amount of shaking is sometimes too much to have a good clip.

Any advice on this?