A good sub $500 camera for stills and video is the Panasonic FZ200. It larger than a compact and has an EVF, wich can help keeping your camera more steady. It also has an articulated screen, wich helps shooting from different angles. For better sound you might need a external microphone, but that counts for every camera and is not mandatory.
Last edited by rudimaes; May 14, 2015 at 1:22 AM.