I have the same sentiment. This will be my first foray into digital SLR. I want one camera for nice photos and also for HD video. This sony was the only one I could find that has continuous autofocus in video mode so that's why I'm opting for it over the rebel.
As a Canon Digital Rebel owner since the XT, I do have a small investment in Canon lenses/accessories-but not enough to stop me from jumping ship. I am following the the A65 with a keen eye. A feature comparison would indicate that this model is superior in a number of areas, notably the continuous autofocus and 10 fps (not to mention the higher megapixels). However, I am convinced that Canon will have an answer shortly (rumors say November). Canon may just steal Sony's fire on this with the recent A77 (and A65?) production delays due to flooding in Thailand. Assuming the delays DO affect the A65, how does Beach have this camera in stock?
Thanks for the info on a potential new Canon with autofocus, DigitalHecht. I'll hold off as well to see what comes available. No rush, although I intend to purchase my first SLR in the next few months. The video autofocus is a must for me.
This Canon November 3rd announcement looks to be a video-related one: http://www.photographybay.com/2011/09/15/major-canon-announcement-confirmed-for-nov-3/. Still I can't imagine Canon will sit around while people like ourselves are looking to jump ship. I will also wait for the initial reviews to roll in on the A65. Interesting (though not super technical) video comparison with the T3i here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9XHmYz1POgE