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My family is thinking of investing in our first DSLR. My mom really wants a DSLR for taking nice photos (nicer than our point and shoots), but I would rather spend the money into a nice camcorder. So the compromise is to get a DSLR with HD video recording.

I got my eye on the Canon T3i.

However, its built-in mic is mono, and that means I'd have to get a stereo mic for it. Also, I heard that recording video on DSLRs is shaky, and that you need a tripod or one of those shoulder mounts. I really need to have the ability to be able to walk around with the camera and record video while I'm moving and holding the camera in my hands. Also, how does the zooming work during video recording? Its really important for me to have the ability to zoom in and out while I'm recording.

Those of you who record video with DSLRs (maybe specifically with T3i), how is the shaking, and zooming? Does it make regular home-video recording too difficult? Is there a better DSLR for my purposes other than the T3i?
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i dont know about the T3I personally but im not sure what you mean about shaky.. if u shake on a DSLR, you'd probably shake on a camcorder as well..

as for the zooming, its all manual zooming... depending on the camera, may have auto focus by a press of a button but the mic will pick up the sound in most cases.. so best best is to manually focus too =3
 
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DSLR's are only as shaky as you are. None of the video i have done is shaky. just takes a steady hand. i also havent done much video with mine but i can tell you that they are pretty light and if you record at short focal lengths (zoomed out) the shakyness will not be as visible as when you record at longer focal lengths or zoomed in.

the t3i is fine for video. most of the DSLRs are about the same. and as far as home movies go the quality will be about the same between cameras. it is manual focus but its not that bad once you get used to it
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The T3i sounds perfect for you guys. Honestly it's a pretty easy to use DSLR. Mom can use the auto mode and be quite satisfied, and shooting video is fairly simple, but you learn more along the way. I just got mine about a few weeks back. Haven't REALLY gave it the time it deserves, but so far it's been wonderful.
    
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