canon 5d mark II
just heard that canon has taken the shroud off this highly anticipated (and hyped) model in their eos line of dslrs, replacing the 5d (which price will hopefully drop substantially).
of note are the 21-megapixel sensor, digic IV processor and ability to shoot high-definition video. dpreview, as usual, has the most comprehensive write-up online.
the latter feature has caused quite a stir in the photographic community worldwide. while no one was surprised (since nikon released the d90 with video capture a few weeks ago), many are questioning the use of such a feature in cameras that are obviously meant to capture stills.
the main argument for such an inclusion is that the lines between photography and videography are becoming increasingly blurred. for instance, mediastorm, largely photojournalistic in nature, has been producing and featuring seminal works of journalism combining stills, videos and audio. if this indeed catches on as the trend, then video capture on dslrs will become ubiquitous in no time.
last heard is that this model will blow about US$2700 (body only) out of one’s pocket. i think i will steer clear for now, though my current camera is screaming to be buried.
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