I do not know why this video issue heats always the conversation. Is it because some users do not have a glue why someone wants video DSLR? Or is it that inevitable developments puts them out of confort-zone. They are excellent still photographers but the future video-centric culture won't care.
JArmo: I don't understand ether why the video issue is becoming like a taboo every time somebody opens up a new discussion. I to am a video maker which has access to any camera you basically want and can get it for free but like taking photographs for hobby. I to own a Nikon D300s which I bought only for the reason that shoots video.
The problem I see or at least I feel with some of photographers here in news groups that they feel that we film-videomakres are wasting their time with this discussion over photography because all they say we don't give a @@@@@ over video, or who cares, something like that. To be honest I ma tired of their comments.
It is simple, if you don't like to use video on upcoming DSLR don't use it, or if a firmware becomes available for Video options don't update it. But PLEASE have a courtesy of at least supporting us on our concerns.
If I had the money, and I think I can speak for a lot of people on this issue that we all would buy any camera that is need it for the job but unfortunately we can't afford it so we buy what we can.
A lot of people are commenting by a proper HD camera if you want to shoot video, hello do you thing that we don't know that. I tell you and I put my head to it that none of professional ENG camera Sony, Panasonic etc don't come closer to the LOOK that DSLRs are offering with this new D-MOVIE mode.
Of course that the quality of the picture in DSRL is not even close to that of the ENG cameras but to be honest with you nobody will notes it put side by side even projected on the big screen. I know a lot of people are thinking yeah right I can tell the difference because of this or that pixel, color, resolution etc. Trust me, find the right subject and tell the story from you're heart any camera would do, that's goes same with pictures as well.
Isn't this a site where we can discuss ideas and concerns over our liking and disliking about our NIKON gear. I personally feel a bit let down on Nikon for taking so long to releasing those Firmwares that people are rumoring around that they are coming out soon.
Rumors said it that it will be out before Christmas but it didn't happen so now we have to wait and wait. Nikon should at least post a note on their web site saying that we are working on the matter and give a time frame as supposed to not say anything at all.
They are so many reasons that some of us can predict as to why Nikon is not able to fix this problem, one of them being that is still using a Sony sensor which a lot of people say that they are restricted on the frame rate.
I tell you any DSLR camera manufacture can produce the ultimate camera which they can even surpass any professional HD cameras but they have to thing for other products that they sell.
Example let's discuss Sony alfa DSLR series which a lot of people are saying that it doesn't have video because of the chip restriction. Don't you thing that SONY is not able to write a simple software and make the DSLR record video as well but whats going to happen to its SONY F35 digital HD camera which as far as we know might use the same chip as any SONY DSLR. But of course Sony is not going to say it because F35 costs over $100k and It's DSLR is only few grand.
Same goes with Canon as well, they have a contract with Sony, Panasonic etc to produce HD lenses for them and Canon to turn around and produce a cheap DSLR which is able to compete with any HD camera they will loose the contract and that's is a major draw back financially.
To summer up my thoughts is that what ever comes up in DSLR or HD video cameras we are always going to as for that extra bit to make us happy.
So asking for that video mode in DSLR is not going to hurt NIKON, on contrary it is going to make it stronger in the market and a lot of filmmakers will buy it and shoot movies with it. Same with what they are doing with 7D which they are using ARRI cine lenses on 7D. I to can benefit if Nikon had the different frame rate and manual exposure. I would be bale to rent my camera to the local market to shoot music videos and TV commercials but because of that I have to sit and wait whiles the production market is using the 7d.
I will you all Happy New Year. May this year be the year of happiness in you're lives together with you're families.