I feel like the industry is leaning towards full frame video (not 1080p but 4000+px) and that will rise to more amateurs who shoot video and select the best frame.
I am not against video (I actually love it in my camera) but as a still photographer. I don't want a million cool buttons that don't do still photography and nothing that improves the quality of still photography.
IT is true kyoshi and I totally agree with you, but since the features that we are debating here are features that don't require extra buttons to be added onto the camera but features that can be fixed through firmware teak.
All other features on the picture side stay the same. To my understanding Nikon doesn't have to compromise any thing for the video. Since we have some sort of video already why not fix it as it should be? 1080p is not that important when you compare that to not being able to set the ISO and shutter speed on d90 and d300s.
This was the main reason why people started the debate on this two cameras and now we feel that the time passed buy 1080p should be there, off course not compromising the photography side.
You mention the video is more related to armatures, which it may be true if you compare it between a pro photographer and a person who uses the camera as a hobby ( me ). But the video has introduced a great interest amongst filmmakers which they want the DSLRs that shoot video for filming, and to them D-movie it is a priority.
SO all the requests that you read here regarding the 1080p are from those people that use the video feature professionally and they want that feature perfected.
A Lot of people that bought cameras for the purpose of shooting video before the D3s came around can't afford to spend extra cash just to buy the D3s which it can shoot video manually.
For a lot of people including me the D90 and D300s are the best camera for a lot of purposes but the video mode on both of them is lacking the most important think which makes the reason as to why is there and that is to be able to choose the ISO and shutter manually.