EOS 650d + 18 - 135 STM
An excellent DSLR incorporating HD video function. I no longer have to carry both a DSLR and a camcorder. I have had this camera for 2 months and have now used it in 10 different countries.
I am very pleased with my purchase because:
Excellent stills IQ (I use mainly RAW but JPEG results are fine)
Wide range of functions and modes
18 - 135 lens excellent range, able to cover most photographic requirements
Battery life good
Low light performance good.
Video fine in most situations, including hand held and of moving subjects. (Occasionally it has taken 2 or 3 seconds to lock focus, but you can see in the viewfinder what is happening and extend the time of your clip, so this has not been a significant problem for me)
Video sound good
You definitely need to get familiar with this camera before tackling important subjects. It has a richness of options, it easy to change settings inadvertently via touchscreen or mode dial and then not realise what you have done.
STM image stabilisation generally satisfactory but I tend to notice more signs of camera shake when panning hand -held than from my former top of the range camcorder (I am a perfectionist; possibly expecting too much and maybe panning is not a good technique anyway?)
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