Ok, so right now I'm in college for Film and TV Production and it's taught me a whole lot of things and it has already put me in a manual mindset. I currently own a Sony Handycam and I hope to sell it so I can buy a DSLR so that I can better control my images.
So I'm asking for recommendations as to possible cameras that I would buy to suit my needs/wants.
I'm looking for a DSLR capable of full HD 1920 by 1080, at 24fps, and maybe with higher frame rate options but I would be fine with just 24 if it came down to it. I want manual focus, exposure and white balance control. I can't stress enough that I want manual, as good as auto may be, I just can't use it anymore.
As far as lens go, I want a decent aperture range, maybe t2 to t22 or t32 (t-stop is same scale f-stop, I'm used to film). As for the focal length, I'm fine with a standard lens.
As far as audio goes, I would like one that does have an option for a mic input, but in the future, I may just get a external audio recording device and a shotgun mic from Sennheiser.
So far, I have taken interest into a few cameras. One is the Nikon D5100, the other, a Canon Rebel T3i and T4i. As of right now, I am most interested in the Nikon D5100, as the Canon Rebel T3i and T4i doesn't offer white balance while in video mode.
So, can I get any suggestions?