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If you're willing to go a tad higher in price or look for used/refurb deals, the one camera I see recommended a lot for YT/Vlog work is the Canon G7x. 1080p60 video, no external mic option but a very good built in stereo mic, a flipout LCD, and overall good picture/video quality.
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A little bit above your budget would be this. You good try and find a used one.
/u/LightningA-77 - for less than the price of a $649 Canon PowerShot G7x, you can get a large sensor, interchangeable lens camera that records to 1080/60p - the $499.95 (on closeout) Panasonic G6 with the 14-42 kit lens.
Like your friend's T3i, this camera has a swivel screen LCD, but it has many other video capabilities the T3i lacks. Here are a few of them:
hours of continuous recording instead of the T3i's 12 minutes
wi-fi - so you can control the camera from your phone or tablet
a viewfinder that keeps working while you're recording video (unlike the T3i's viewfinder, which is blocked by the mirror)
a built-in intervalometer for timelapse
Here are a few examples of the image quality this camera can produce:
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And with a $29 adapter, you can use your friend's Canon EF (not EF-S) lenses.
In my view, this is the best value-for-money 1080/60p still/video camera you can buy in this price range.
Hope this is helpful and good luck with your documentary!
Idk what's your budget, but this camera is great and portable.
If you follow the filmmaker Casey Neistat you'll definitely recognize the camera (It's the one he uses in most of his vlogs)..
For cheaper entry-level and still very good camera I would recommend this one:
4.3 out of 5 on Amazon, so seems like most purchasers think it's worth it