Honestly, if you are tempted to use the t3i for video, then you have probably (certainly :) ) read the t4i reviews as well. Luckily if you are weighing up which one is better its really simple because one has a "killer" feature and the other has
different "killer" feature. You just have to chose which one you want..I'll tell you what is , if it's useful just click my review as helpful..Oh go on then, I'll tell you anyway :)
Up until this camera came along I used an hd camcorder for my video and a dslr for my bird photography. This camera along with the 70-300mm lens means "one camera does all". This is because the t3i has a 3x zoom with no loss in quality and really without pixel peeping that is pretty much true.
In a nutshell the newer t4i with the newer sensor and the "autofocus" loses this feature...mmm If you are are even contemplating filming on safari, or birds in you're bag yard getting a 900mm lens with your 300mm lens is just too useful to lose.
The video quality is great but you need to work at it. Its certainly not as easy to use as a dedicated camcorder but the results can be better.
So if you're thinking of getting the t3i, reading the reviews, comparing it to the 6t4i and countless others you're probably pulling your hair out at all the pros and cons? Am I close. I'm a photographer and have used this, the t4i and its sony equivalent.
But herein lies the real point of this camera and the t4i and the others. You know its the person behind the camera that takes the pictures but do you really know it? This and the t4i take pictures so good (if you have the skill) you could blow it up the size of front door but are you going to want to. The thing no sellers want to tell you is that for years, maybe 5 , all of the big names have been making great dslr. Since the nikon d40 perhaps. But you really want to know, if you bought this, would you be happy or buying a pup?. Be reassured that neither canon, nikon or sony make chocolate teapots. They know how to make a great camera and this is one.
So the photos will be great and its a great camera, you've read other reviews so I won't duplicate what you have already read but one thing you may not have read is about the video. All the makers have got dslr right. No pups in sight, but video is a relatively new feature and Sony have tbh been leading the way. This camera sets to rectify that.
It doesn't have autofocus but a lot of places on the net, say it's not needed, you should be using manual focus. That's nonsense. Manual focus is ok at times but can be a pain. Filming your dog on the beach for example..
You could go for the autofocus on the t4i is actually pretty good. Not as good as a camcorder but pretty good. The slowest part is for it to get going. But when it's locked on its sound. Well worth having. So thats sorted right..err no, not really. This is the t4i 's killer feature. Trouble is, they left out the killer feature from this t3i. The 3x zoom with "no loss in quality". So here is the choice if you are buying this for video.
if you want you're 300mm zoom to be able to zoom to 900mm for filming sport or wildlife. It's the t3i for you
If you love the idea of autofocus (or hate the idea of doing it the old fashioned way) its the t4i for you.
In my opinion if you're considering the other makes like Sony, it comes down to who makes the the lens you are likely to want. I know I have focused (terrible pun intended) about video but hey, there has been thousands of photo reviews already about iso , shutter speed etc etc. Nothing for me to add there!
One more thing I forgot to mention (and yes it is regarding the video) is that to get great video you need to use the right settings in the menu.Unfortunately these are counter intuitive and if you don't use them you may be under whelmed. This is helpful, So if you are considering using it for video here are a few "must have" things you might need to go with it.Make better videos with your dslr or camcorderVelbon DV7000 3-Section Ultra Heavy Duty Tripod with Geared Center Column, 2-Way Fluid Head and QB-6RL Quick Shoe, Max Height 64-inch, Supports 9.9 lbsRode VideoMic Directional Video Condenser Microphone w/Mount
So now I have spent ten minutes typing away, telling you how I like the t3i for video (I do) do me a little favour and click that you find this helpful. Unless you don't. Either way you will enjoy this camera .. We live in good times to take photos as there are so many great cameras and this is definitely one of them. If anyone wants them, comment and I will try to post a link
I have done lots of tests and made quite a few films with this camera just do a search on youtube for alex sally and you'll find my channel. I have also found what I think is the best setting to use to get a natural look.
If you intend using it for video you will need a tripod for sure and probably an external mic. if you want to get the best from it.
I'm joking that as a camera "it's ok" . The camera part has been reviewed fully on here and lets be honest no dslr in this price bracket by any make isn't capable of producing great results and this one is no different.