« on: October 28, 2013, 11:30:34 PM »
If you're not stuck on CANON, there are a lot of other excellent imaging machines out there, worth considering.
Nikon D5300 w 18-140mm if you can afford it, fast, good video, no touch screen tho but does have articulating display.
Nikon D5200 - on price reduction or kitted with extra lenses.
Nikon D5100 if you can still find them- low cost, great images
Pentax K-30 or K-50 with 18-135mm WR lens - tough and weather/spill resistant
Fast focusing mirrorless cameras:
Fuji X-A1 or X-M1 w 16-50mm lens fits in your budget, great image quality, good features, interchangeable lens
Fuji X-E1 with 18-55mm lens, taking it up a notch
Olympus Pen E-P5 with 14-42 lens or one of the many other good micro 4/3rds camera systems
All the above cameras compete well, if not exceed in some cases, any APS-C Canon body out there.
You must not have seen the part about wanting to shoot video along with photos.