the hv cameras are perfect for what you pay.
they do take miniDV tapes, not necessarily a bad thing. (only difference is you have to capture your video into your editing software rather than just importing it.)
if you can find an hv30 i would suggest that. (literally the same camera but a little older/cheaper, im sure there are minor changes.. but nothing major.)
lenses/accessories are far cheaper than a dlsr - dont buy a matte box. if anything buy a lens hood off amazon. like this:
Goonies Never Die.