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Hi parksraye77 – welcome to the world of large sensor, interchangeable lens video !
Sadly, if your principal interest is video, you may want to avoid the Canon T3i.
The T3i lacks:
– 1080/60fps for smooth HD slow motion (it is limited to 30 frames per second)
– the ability to record for more than 12 minutes continuously
– a usable viewfinder when you switch to “Live View” (video) mode
– compatibility with affordable power zoom lenses
Plus, Canon DSLRs in this price range suffer from a phenomenon known as “moire” as the result of poor downscaling. Panasonic G and GH cameras, on the other hand, have a better downscaling algorithm. Here are a couple of side-by-sides between the Canon 60D and a moire-resistant Panasonic GH camera:
– 60D vs GH2 Moire Test: http://vimeo.com/20565849
– Canon 60D vs Panasonic GH2 evil moiré test: http://vimeo.com/21962491
Newer Canon cameras are not much better. Here is a side-by-side between the Canon 60D and 70D:
– Canon 70D and 60D moire comparison: http://vimeo.com/73429088
Instead of a Canon DSLR, you might want to seriously consider the $515 (with 14-42mm kit lens) Panasonic G6 (http://rover.ebay.com/rover/1/711-53200-19255-0/1?icep_ff3=2&pub=5575034783&toolid=10001&campid=5337235943&customid=&icep_item=321613840675&ipn=psmain&icep_vectorid=229466&kwid=902099&mtid=824&kw=lg).
The G6 has an electronic viewfinder you can actually use for shooting video outdoors in bright sunlight (when a DSLR’s LCD is likely to be washed out), a built-in intervalometer, focus peaking, full manual control of exposure in video mode and compatibility with Panasonic video optimized lenses with silent autofocus motors.
Here is the image quality this camera can produce:
And it’s a good still camera too: https://www.flickr.com/groups/lumix-g6/pool/ (link is external)
To be fair, Canons in this price range are better still cameras – but Panasonic G and GH cameras are a much better all-around choice for both video and stills.
I started out with a Canon T2i for video but I quickly switched to Panasonic.
In my experience, Panasonic G and GH cameras are the best value-for-money video/still hybrid cameras you can buy.
Hope this is helpful and good luck with your decision!
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