I bought a Canon Rebel T3 a while back before doing my homework on the features. The video quality looks very good to me. However, I have to hold down the shutter button to keep focus. The auto-focus is quite slow and loud though, and ruins the video.
Are there consumer-level cameras that have QUIET full-time auto focus? I have no brand loyalty, and will trade mine in for anything that has this feature, even used or refurbished. (Current market value for mine is around $400) I am hoping to spend no or very little money and would like 720p @ 24fps if possible. Or since my camera is decent, would it make sense to get a dedicated handheld video camera? I see a lot of inexpensive ones.