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This is definitely a everything including the kitchen sink. Major new features:
- ISO 102,400 equivalent. I remember falling out of my seat for ISO 800 without push processing!
- 9 FPS for up to 82 JPEG (fine) or 36 14-bit NEF (RAW) images.
- 24 FPS HD video, leveraging low-noise D3S image quality along with high fidelity stereo sound.
- 4200 images per battery charge!
Why is everybody putting HD video into a still camera. Ever since Canon came out with the 5D Mark II and Vincent Laforet’s Reverie video, the industry has just gone nuts! Nikon now has four (4) DSLR cameras (D3s, D300s, D90, and the D5000) with video. Put one in a box of Frosted Flakes and maybe I’ll get excited!
Call me a dinosaur but I think there is always going to be a place, no a need, for high-quality still photography made with cameras that aren’t video-cams with a shutter release on the side. If nothing else, a still photograph gives the viewer time to interact with the image – to think about it and decided what it means to him. It’s damn tough to do that with video.
If this is the direction of the future, I may just save my pennies for a D3 and call it done.