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Old May 14th, 2010, 05:53 AM   #1
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When will a DSLR and camcorder merge.

This was a hard topic to search for, so forgive me if it has been asked.

Somewhere in my head I am waiting for a new monster to emerge from the electronics industry. Kind of like a half human after a nuclear war or a squirrel fish, half fish half squirrel. The last leap in techmology took the DSLR deep into video territory but with a few shortcomings and a world full of humans that have to adjust to ideas and perceptions. The DSLR sensor has to be effecting the engineers designing the new breed of camcorders. It would be easy to stand in low light with an 800 dollar DSLR and outgun a 9000 dollar 3 chip camcorder. I can only imagine the corporate headquarters scrambling to exchange DSLR and camcorder engineers between the two departments and then figure out what the future will hold, will it be only one camera ? I think the 5d MK II may have broken the camcorder industries plans for the future. How can I pay 6,7,8 (or a 100k) grand for a video camera when the DSLR's capabilities have dug so deep into it's roots with an 800 dollar camera? It got my attention, and now as a consumer I will expect more from a box that is 10 times as big and ten times as expensive as a T2i. The next round of DSLR's will certainly have more than a 4 gig limit and a few other problems figured out, so where will this leave the camcorder industry ?
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Old May 14th, 2010, 06:33 AM   #2
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It looks as though the DSLR revolution hasn't gone un-noticed by the camcorder manufacturers. Sony have also announced plans for a cinema style camera as well as a consumer interchangable lens camera with APS-C sensor.
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Old May 14th, 2010, 02:16 PM   #3
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There are so many features that have still not been put into cameras that they can continue to evolve for many more years. I think the cat is finally out of the bag regarding sensor size since there is no real reason they have been kept small for so long except for the industry collusion. Sony released some cams with small chips this past year, so they haven't yet gotten the picture, but it will happen soon enough.
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Old May 14th, 2010, 07:26 PM   #4
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Take a look at the links in the Sony NEX thread... they have mockups with an APS-C sensor and interchangeable lenses, with a "handycam" type body...
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