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Ok, for those who don't want to read a lot the main question is - for shooting video in a school auditorium setting of a dance recital, Canon T5i with the 18-135 STM lens (already own) OR Canon Vixia HF R400 (which someone is offering to sell me a fairly new one for $150).

 

Ok so I have a 3 year old and an 8 month old and most of the videos we have taken are brief short snippets using various smartphones and flip video recorders over that time period. I was initially hoping to wait until January or February to make a camcorder purchase as in past years I have seen deep discounts on models that are being cleared out...

 

Unfortunately my 3 year old does horseback riding, dance classes and gymnastics and I was not expecting her to be a part of any recitals just yet but apparently she has been included in several of the holiday dance recitals. Obviously our smartphones would not be the best choice for taking this video as I feel the auditorium setting we would be too far away and in too dark an area.

 

I also WISH I could afford a bigger budget for a camcorder at current time but with holidays it is reduced a bit... So the question is. Should I dole out the $150 for an R400  (A camcorder that seems to have decent reviews, not necessarily high end but not low end either). Or would the T5i with the 18-135 kit lens be reasonable for video in such dark locales with all the motion involved (and in essence mean it is ok to wait for the deep discount camcorders)

 

Any video being shot would be using a tripod - so stability of picture would not be a giant issue in this instance.

    
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