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I have a 30D (Canon) and love it, but I really want the capability of video. This is the only reason for upgrading. I want to be able to shoot 1080p at 30fps minimum, so the T1i is out. The T2i looks great, but I'm concerned that the "downgrade" in camera size will be a bummer. I do a lot of travel, however, so it could possibly be a boon. The next step up, from what I can tell, is the 60D which is pretty kickass, but a bit more expensive for the same IQ. 7D is out of the question, as it's well out of my budget.

Does anyone own or have experience using any of these cameras, especially for video?
    
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The T2i is much better for video. The T2i allows for manual exposure for video, including aperture, which affects your DoF in video. The T1i is automatic exposure only.

The 7D has the exact same sensor as the T2i. While it has a much nicer body and better specs/features/AF system, in the end it is the same sensor, so there's some comfort in that The same goes for the 60D as well; the T2i, T3i, 60D, and 7D all share the same image sensor.

As for new or used, I'd go refurbished via Canon Loyalty Program. $448 for a T2i is hard to beat.

EDIT: Also should mention; yes I have had experience on the T2i and T1i. The T1i's video isn't great because of the automatic exposure. It can get thrown off by high contrast situations (underexposes when it sees a bright lamp in dark room, etc), and there's no control over DoF. The T2i's video on the other hand is great, and was fun for me to work with. It made me wish the 50D had video as well.
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The T2i is much better for video. The T2i allows for manual exposure for video, including aperture, which affects your DoF in video. The T1i is automatic exposure only.

The 7D has the exact same sensor as the T2i. While it has a much nicer body and better specs/features/AF system, in the end it is the same sensor, so there's some comfort in that The same goes for the 60D as well; the T2i, T3i, 60D, and 7D all share the same image sensor.

As for new or used, I'd go refurbished via Canon Loyalty Program. $448 for a T2i is hard to beat.

EDIT: Also should mention; yes I have had experience on the T2i and T1i. The T1i's video isn't great because of the automatic exposure. It can get thrown off by high contrast situations (underexposes when it sees a bright lamp in dark room, etc), and there's no control over DoF. The T2i's video on the other hand is great, and was fun for me to work with. It made me wish the 50D had video as well.
Great. Would you recommend the 60D over the T2i? Or is there simply not enough difference? I know that this is very subjective, but you have a 50D which is close.
    
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