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Camcorder to use with Mac without converting file

I am part of a small video class in a small high school in upstate New York. We have four Macs that we use for editing our video and up until recently have been happily using firewire to transfer the material from the cameras into our Macs. We buy the very low end camcorders at BestBuy or some place like that as they are inexpensive and the students treat them casually. The last time I was out looking for some camcorders to buy, I couldn't find any with firewire receptacles and was told by representatives at Panasonic customer service that that is obsolete technology. So I bought a camera with a memory card which works ok but I have to decode everything that goes into the computer AND every time we pause the camera it creates another new file. Here's my obvious question: Does anyone know of a relatively inexpensive camera ($600 or less) that does not have to be decoded to work with a Mac? Or, better, any manufacturer who is still making a firewire connector? Thanks. (I have not included the operating systems, etc. because there are different computers. However, we edit with Final Cut Express HD) Thanks again.

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