The Panasonic GH2, hereon Amazon is reportedly a very good video camera as well. That price might put you out of getting 2 for $1,000 (for that, I'd consider more advanced point and shoot cameras, I guess, maybe the Sony HX30V linked hynere). Check DPReview.com for their thoughts, although note that they've only reviewed the Sony HX30 predecessor, the HX20.
Could you upgrade to Final Cut Pro for video editing? Isn't that the standard Apple editing product?
but I can't get them to pay for my phone, and I'm not buying a phone so they can have better videos.
import video or pics from any newish camera. I know nothign about actual hardware, but port movies using Movie Maker all the time - its a good choice if you are cost constrained - I'd spend the money on the hardware, not software.