Why should Nikon be getting upset because another maker's camera looks a bit similar to one of theirs ? All cameras perform much the same function so it follows that they will share similarities to a greater or lesser degree .
By Nikon's reasoning , Pentax should be upset at every other maker who produced an SLR after they made the first one .
Not all manufacturers are precious and petty though .
Rick Knepper: I read nothing in this article regarding the tools of the trade that wouldn't also be a concern for a typical advanced non-professional. What does being a professional have to do with needing the smallest possible shutter lag?
One concern expressed in the article was the cameras' "durability" in the field. These unquailfied opinions encourages the makers to continue to produce too large, too heavy (emphasis on the "too heavy") bricks. Sure, I want 5 star crash test ratings in my automobiles, but I don't want to drive a Humvee to get it. C&N need to do more R&D in this area.
Quite - I had the misfortune of being handed a D2 with huge lens to do a job a few weeks ago . After a couple of hours my arms and shoulders were aching ; no wonder its owner is regularly complaining of backache !
I certainly couldn't live with 'bricks' like these every day . Nikon at least , and possibly Canon too , need to take a leaf out of Pentax' book : class leading cameras don't need to be bulky and heavy .
SeeRoy , some of these upmarket domestic or 'semi-pro' camcorders do have remote control mini jack sockets and zoom demand remote accessories ,
Some tripod makers , such as Manfrotto , also make accessory panning handles with zoom remote and other functions built in .
I agree with your comments about stability , which is generally best with a heavier ENG type camcorder , although these days I am happier to lug around something smaller and lighter and use either a monopod , tripod or a steadicam type rig where required .