Get a flip hd. I have the Mino 8Gig HD and its pretty legit for such a tiny cam, good quality footage with good colours, have only used it filming around my house though, but am planning on using it for skiing this winter. They only shoot 720P at 30 frames per second but I would say are easier to use than a go-pro if you shooting anything but POV's. They come in a bunch of different models. They all have tripod mounts so you can shoot with a tripod or make a handle, thats what i'm planning on doing. And their all around 200$.
Here's their website: http://www.theflip.com