This is an awesome camera for someone looking to get their feet wet in videography/filmmaking. And you're saving hundreds on the case and the mic that is provided.
I'm an independent filmmaker who's moved up and looking to provide a great camera that I probably won't be using much to someone without screwing them over on the price.
below is the description I provided on Amazon.com:
Comes with (1) Kata carrying case, (2) XL capacity batteries, (1) battery charger, (1) Audio Technica ATR 6550 shotgun mic, (1) head cleaning cassette [10 seconds used]. And your choice of up to (8) used mini dv tapes that will be recorded over for use / practice - only a very few paint chippings o the bottom and on the focus ring (not noticeable unless you are REALLY looking). Heads frequently, and recently cleaned. I am a filmmaker who has used this camera to get to the point where I can upgrade. Love this camera, but gotta step-up. Feel free to contact me. I can provide pictures. I am willing to skype chat to display products. I can direct you to links of footage shot with this camera.