I'm working on a project where using separate audio is not going to be possible. I have a good selection of microphones and a solid understanding of audio recording. I know there probably isn't a huge amount of difference between them but can someone suggest the best dedicated video camera (with XLR inputs) where there is both good video and audio. My budget is between $12,000 to $15,000.
I have a Sony FS7 with the additional K2M attachment (there's also a tether version, the K1M), which allows a total of four channels of XLR audio into the camera. The audio quality is excellent on all inputs; if there's preamp noise, I've never heard it. Plus, the FS7 (and FS7 mkII) is a great overall camera.