One thing Dan didn't mentioned was that on the D800 and D4, the frame rate drops dramatically when magnifying the image. I shot a video project with the D4 last weekend, and this glitch drove me crazy, especially since I didn't have an external monitor. Weirdly, this wasn't the case when using the 2.7X crop mode.
Here's the first hands-on video about this camera, which I shot! Any questions or comments, let me know!
aruk5: I didnt notice the term "rolling shutter" anywhere in the overview and reason I mentioned that is almost all video capable dslrs out there have been plagued by the rolling shutter image problem and I hope the folks at Nikon have solved this by now before pitching this sure to be expensive camera to the buyers! I mean they are hyping things like uncompressed video and extremely low light capabilities but funnily not this and I find it strange. Lots of pros have silently dropped using dslrs for hd video as its embarassing explaining to clients why is it every time they pan their cameras for a shot that jello like thing appears!
I suspect it will still have considerable rolling shutter. Even a $13000 Sony F3 has rolling shutter issues.
Aaron MC: That uncompressed video stream is very cool. Actually, it's the only cool thing on the camera. Everything else is purely evolutionary.
The HDMI out will us inter-frame compression, which leads to higher resolution, especially when the frame is filled with motion. Colour space and latitiude will still be compressed. My Hyperdeck Shuttle is on order right now in anticipation!
No mention of the video specs? That 50 MBPS rate is awesome, as good as their top pro camera. Still though, no headphone jack which seems ridiculous to me if they want to push into the video market further. I guess we'll have to suck it up and grab the EF mount camcorder when it comes around...
cameramen: *1 means ISO less than 3200?
Has anyone determined what exactly the crop factor is for the A77 in video mode?
jj74e: Hm...I always see stuff on their website about their Fujinon lenses being world class, and I always wonder if that's just marketing or if their lenses really were high quality at some point.
They make Hasselblad's H lenses, and the best ENG video lenses out there... These high end markets are why they are considered world-class. In the enthusiast photo market though, they haven't produced much of note lately. But I would be shocked with all the large sensor video cameras being produced if they didn't get back into the 35mm arena like Zeiss did.