Sorry Niko, the more lines of code in the software the greater the opportunity for bugs. More parts and connections increase the probability of failure and necessarily increase cost. I really don't want to argue cost and technology issues with you, but I also don't like mythology perpetuated. No incremental feature is free to develop, deploy or support. As has been said repeatedly, Nikon is a small company with limited resources...
I understand your point Ted, but only to an extent.
First off, it's not as if due to added video, d90's are breaking left and right, in fact I'd be willing to bet there haven't been any more problems than there were with any of the previous generation nikon dslrs.
I do agree that this is bringing an added cost into the development, but here is the thing you talk about Nikon being a small company with limited resources and your right. Why should they spend extra money developing for the d-movie mode?
Because if they don't we can say goodbye to Nikon as we know it. Wether its right or not doesn't matter, as evident, it is becoming increasingly more important for many people to have video in their dslrs.
No 44% is not a majority, but what do you think would happen if 44% of Nikon's user base bought Canons next time? I believe the cost of Nikon designing a well thought out movie mode is well worth it for them as it will raise sales, allowing Nikon to HAVE the money they need for r&d (for both still and video).
EDIT: sorry for this niko, saw your post after I posted this. so now I'll add something in about canon firmware :)