Among Canon's entry-level SLR offerings, the Canon EOS Rebel T5i is the strongest pick if you're interested in capturing video as well as still images. Its articulating, swing-out high-resolution touchscreen display really helps when capturing video and stills at a variety of angles. The camera can auto-focus while recording a movie, and it has an external microphone jack for capturing audio, too. The T5i ($849 with 18-55mm STM lens) is considered the step-up model from the T5--each represents an evolutionary refresh of earlier Canon cameras, as opposed to a dramatic upgrade.
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