Vivitar DVR508-BLK Digital Video Recorder Camcorder - 5 MegaPixels, 1.8 LCD, 4x Digital, 8MB… for $24.99
If you dream of shooting your own IMAX feature, don't buy this camera... it does not use 70mm film!
But it does shoot 1280 x 720 HD video at 30 fps. You can store the files on the internal 2GB memory, or add an SD card for more recording time. Or connect directly to your PC with USB2.
It runs on three standard AAA cells, which I see as a plus. (Some cameras use proprietary battery packs. When they're discharged you're out of luck, and when they reach the end of their useful life -- in 2 or 3 years -- you're really out of luck.) You can always get standard AAA cells or rechargeables for this camera.
Capture your greatest moments with high-definition quality. Featuring a F/2.8 f=4.8mm aperture, the 5 Megapixel Vivitar DVR508 records video clips with a 1280 x 720 movie resolution at 30 FPS in AVI format, and you can review your movies on its 1.8" LCD Display.
Best of all, it's cheaper than dinner for two at a mid-scale eatery. Go for it!