I for one have no desire to see this on the D3. If I need to shoot video I use my video camera. It's got nice stereo microphones on the front, a 40x optical zoom, stores hours and hours of high quality video on it's hard drive and being designed for video means the battery will go for about 6 hours if needed. It's also A LOT smaller & lighter than a D3 with any lens on it. For that matter it's smaller and lighter than any of my lenses.
>I for one have no desire to see this on the D3. If I need to >shoot video I use my video camera. It's got nice stereo >microphones on the front, a 40x optical zoom, stores hours and >hours of high quality video on it's hard drive and being >designed for video means the battery will go for about 6 hours >if needed. It's also A LOT smaller & lighter than a D3 >with any lens on it. For that matter it's smaller and lighter >than any of my lenses.
What the D90 (and the rumored new 5D) has people excited about is the ability to use SLR lenses on their video cameras. Your video camera is probably a wonderful little device, but I promise you that it will never create the look you can get with a NIkkor 85mm stopped down to 1.4. I agree that if I had video on my camera, I would probably not use it very often, but it has exciting implications.
Using photographic lenses for video will help amateurs get a true cinematic film look from video. Some companies already offer kits to attach your Nikon lenses to canon consumer video cameras (like the venerable HV20).
As video sensors get higher and higher resolution, and SLR circuitry becomes faster and faster at processing, we're going to start to see an intersection in technology between the sensors used in SLRs and those in video cameras. Why not see what we can do with that? I think any innovation from manufacturers, no matter how seemingly useless, is going to mean cool things in the future that consumers of all types actually will care about.
That's all fine and dandy. I still don't need to see it on a D3. The D3 is not suitable for video photography in my opinion. The microphone is in the wrong place, it's not going to be comfortable to hold for long periods of time. Battery life and storage are issues.
Later, when they work these things out I may be more interested. For now I am not. Besides, I am not looking for a "true cinematic effect" from my videos. I just want to get video of my grand-daughters Christmas concert.
As a wedding photographer I do see a market for a high end DSLR with video capability. More and more wedding photography packages including some of my own provide top quality slideshows on DVD ( A selection of stills together with creative transitions and music.Add an occasional small video clip of the day mixed within the slideshow gives the show an extra dimension and this is something i already do on my own personal holiday slidesows, where i have to take cuts from a sepearate mini dv camera. I really do believe that the pro DSLR's will at some point follow the D90, and in the not to distant future video/still cameras will become the norm.