Gopro 4 would be a good start, if you actually want a video camera a t3i with a kit lens would be a good starter for sure. $700 won't get you that far, but its a start. If you buy something like a t3i, you can slowly upgrade your equipment, etc.
Another option would be a gh2 or gh3. The GH3 is an extremely low cost camera and the quality you get for the price is phenomenal. Yes its more money but it could be worth it to you in the future if you wish to continue filming.
Getting a canon dslr would work just fine for you now, but you'd feel limited in the future. Here are some links to help you out
For $400 + shipping this t3i comes with the 18-55 and 55-250. Both are mediocre lenses, but it would be good for a beginner like you, when you have more money you can invest in better glass.
Here is a gh3 body for $475 with free shipping, pair that with this lens:
And you have a basic kit right there for $600.
Now granted, you don't have a tripod or stabilizer yet, so you'd need to budget that in as well, but those are your two options.
I would highly recommend the gh3, it will work great for a beginner like you and you won't outgrow the camera in a year, I shoot with a gh3 right now and I fucking love it.
if you wanna save money and invest in a tripod/stabilizer you could get the t3i and be happy with the results, but you might outgrow it pretty quick.
Hope this helps
**This post was edited on Mar 15th 2016 at 6:51:57pm
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