As I have noted on this venue, I recently purchased a Sony A55 camera. I have been using it for a mix of still photography and video recording and this post focuses on the video recording aspect of the camera.
I really dislike the fact I can not fix the exposure when recording video. I suppose it is not a purpose-built video camera but trying to add the video to what is a purpose-built still photography camera. I guess I have to work with that weakness and or purchase a purpose-built video camera.
However, it appears most of those are (at least in the price range I am looking at) are also rather limited and come with lots of built-in assumptions I would be unable to override. Oh well.