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To address your concerns:
It's true that the point and shoots you mentioned do have better telephoto capabilities than the kit 18-55mm lens. That said, I've found that the focal range of that lens is great for most uses. You mentioned two things: Animals and Flowers. For flowers, if the 18-55mm is not enough for her, she's doing something wrong. For animals; this will depend on what you mean. It won't be enough for a safari or camping trip, but for trips to the zoo or to capture stray rabbits that wander into your backyard, the 18-55mm will get the job done. Needless to say, if you want better feedback, you're going to have to clarify on what "animals" actually entails.
Video Recording: Lower resolution, but the video quality is much higher on a DSLR. I'm sure by now you've heard of the Megapixels myth (more megapixels does not mean the camera is better). The same thing is going on here with the video: Even though the point and shoot can do 1080p and the T3 you mentioned can only do 720p, what you have to realize is that this is all a measurement of resolution, like megapixels, and the resolution by itself does not indicate better or worse video.
The T3 (and for that matter, any DSLR) has a much larger image sensor than the point and shoots you linked (I'll just abbreviate P&S from hereon in to make it easier for me). The larger image sensor means that the image/video quality will be much better than a point and shoot because the pixel density is lower and the per-pixel quality is higher. Let me know if you want me to get into more detail; I'm just skimming the basics here and leaving out the techy babble. When paired with a large aperture lens (like the 50mm f/1.8), the narrow DoF and the better video quality of the T3 will blow away any point and shoot. To show you what I mean, a quick YouTube search yielded this (T3 paired with the $100 50mm f/1.8):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nCTYRT9sx1U
3D and Pano settings: Personally I find gimmicky in itself. As I've also said before, the image quality of those point and shoots will not match the quality of a DSLR. I have a pano-capable P&S, but I find that I much rather snap multiple shots in succession and stitch them together in Photoshop. It takes about half an hour more work, but the image quality to me is worth it.
If you were looking at $200 point and shoots, I'd say go with the P&S. However, when you're looking at P&S upwards of $400, I think the DSLR is a much better choice. It's a flexible platform that offers more choices and adaptability, and superior image/video quality for almost the same price as the cameras you listed.
And to show you what the T3 is capable of:
http://photography-on-the.net/forum/showthread.php?t=1020976&highlight=t3i+users
So in short: In the price range you're looking at ($400+), a DSLR like the T3 will spank a high end point and shoot any day of the week.
I'm heading out to dinner now, but if y'all need anymore help or have more questions, feel free to leave them here or PM and I'll get back to you guys when I'm done.


sorry, she takes alot of pictures of birds, squirrels and our cat(cat i know is easy for the slr, just figured she'd need a good zoom for the birds/squirrels).
and yes i was thinking the p&s cameras took better video because of the 1080p but aswell as 50/60hz i see on them.

what entry level dslrs do you suggest? besides the canon t3. i see sonys and nikons but not sure whats good.
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sorry, she takes alot of pictures of birds, squirrels and our cat(cat i know is easy for the slr, just figured she'd need a good zoom for the birds/squirrels).
and yes i was thinking the p&s cameras took better video because of the 1080p but aswell as 50/60hz i see on them.
what entry level dslrs do you suggest? besides the canon t3. i see sonys and nikons but not sure whats good.

Irrelevant. It's just more numbers they throw at you. The video on a DSLR will still be better than on a point and shoot.

As for entry level DSLRs:

$400: Canon T3
$500: Nikon D3100 or Canon T2i Refurb via CLP

Stick an 18-55mm (the lens they all come with) on the DSLR and you're good to go.
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