Which one to get? Nikon D5100 or Canon 600D (Video is important)
I'm looking to get a DSLR in the $600-700 price range for Christmas, and it's very important that it can take good 1080p videos.
So now I don't know wether I should go for the Nikon D5100 or the Canon 600D.
Of course shooting still images is also very important.
If video is really one of your top concerns, you might consider the Sony's as well. The a55 is probably in the same range as these two cameras. If you're getting this primarily for photos and video is secondary, then I'd recommend going down to your local camera shop / big box electronics store and play with all 3 of them.
And don't tell the Nikon folks I said this but if you're just limiting yourself to these two, well Nikon had that flooding issue of late. D5100s are still easy to find I'm told, but Canon has been pushing discounts in order to get an advantage over Nikon. So you might be able to pick up the Canon cheaper. Of course you didn't hear that from me :).
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So for taking videos, you would say I should rather go for one of the Sony's? Do they take good still images as well?
dpreview.com will have sample videos from all of these cameras which I think would be helpful for you to see for yourself.
The ONLY thing on that list you'll get on Nikon is crop marks, which are limited to the built-in presets.
Now, if you're also weighing still image quality, then the D5100 will easily beat the 600D, having Nikon's top-of-the-line DX sensor (same as the D7000). If the camera's only for video, Canon's the best way to go, especially now since Magic Lantern's just introduced HDR video recording:
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