I do not know much about these kinds of camcorders. Or any photographic camera for that issue. My mom has an mature Cannon EOS Insurgent X Negatives SLR. I want to get her a DSLR but without emptying your wallet. I want one that is a reasonable update to that one. How is the T3i? Also is it real that the contacts for SLR are still transferable to the new DSLR's?