[Best Buy] Open Box Canon 70D + 18-135 STM Open Box $1080
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Stills: This 70D with the 18-135 is an excellent camera kit for anyone looking to buy a DSLR. The lens is sharp, and has an amazingly useful focal length and image stabilization. The auto-focus on the 70d is the same at the 7D mk1 (except for tracking). This means that for stills this camera will be fast enough for any amateur/hobbyist/parent.
Video: As for video Canon has the best live view autofocus. The 80D/5DIV are only slightly better than the 70D in video auto-focus. But if video is your target than I would recommend Panasonic GH4 or Sony a6300. Canon doesn't do 4k, and uses inefficient codec which produces huge files. I won't get too far in to the mirrorless vs DSLR debate. I own both and I treat my sony mirrorless as a point and shoot basically because the ergonomics and menu make it too cumbersome to do serious hobby work. I use my DSLR for serious hobby work when I don't care about lugging 20lbs of gear and a backpack just to take 3 photos.
Summary: So buy the 70D if you want DSLR mainly for Stills. Buy Sony if you want stills and video in a small form factor. Buy Panasonic if you want to do mainly video. These are just my opinions, and others will disagree. Read a bunch of opinions, go to the store and feel the cameras and than buy.