I hate to ask this question: "What video cameras should I look at?" For controlled situations I think SLRs work well but today I just came home after shooting some footage while on a few hours long hike. I do this now and then to help illustrate some presentations I make about the local ecosystem. I took a Canon VIXIA camcorder. It will shoot up to 34KBPS MP4 video files at 1080/60P. This bit and frame rate is good enough. This camera has decent optical IS a strong telephoto zoom and a jack for an external microphone. The VIXIA is easy to cary and at about $270 not to expensive. These are all "must have" features. I shot close ups of some birds foraging for food to show how each species is specialized to a different type of food and a rattle snake. To get shots like this I need (1) quick start-up time. I can't be waiting while the camera flashes messages to me. and (2) a monitor screen I can SEE outdoor in sunlight. The VIXIA lacks both of these features. For these kinds of shots I have to sit still and wait and then react and I have to then depend on the automation for focus and exposure and even follow focus. I'm using the long end of a 20x zoom much of the time when shooting wildlife outdoors. If I used an SLR I could not afford the 400mm f/4 lens I'd need nor would I want to carry it and I'd likely want a 600mm. So large sensors, nice as they are are kind of impractical for this kind of work. For indoor planned shooting I can use a tape measure and tape on the floor, lights and so on. I'm fine with owning two or three cameras. I'm looking for an outdoor wildlife camera now for hikes. Of course I have no budget and may have to buy used gear. Maybe someone here can suggest something I've not thought of. I'm just starting to look. The subjects are frogs, birds, snakes, rabbits and so on which are all much smaller than a human and at the same time require more distance last I scare them away. Sorry for the long post but I hate it when people ask "what camera?" then don't say how they will use it.