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Argh! That's it, in September 2008, it finally exists: a digital SLR that also makes video! Like the compacts !!! The kind of camera I dream of to accompany me in my travels...
A dream of technomade, as my sister would say... Marie-Julie Gagnon. The toy is called D90 and it is Nikon who made it.
This camera will be available in September 2008, in the 950 €. Well, at that price, I won't be able to afford it anytime soon. Especially since I would feel forced to invest in the underwater housing that goes well with it (and these little things are not cheap either).
But if Nikon starts, others will follow. In a year or two, technologies will improve again, competitors will position themselves, prices will drop, and we will be able to find used ones.
I spent the evening surfing the web, drooling over all the tests and press releases from blogs and sites. I put here the page of the Nikon website for the D90, where all the features are listed. And the link to an article from New York Times.
The thing that amazes me is that the video can be in HD quality and benefit from the same optical adjustments as in photo mode (depth of field, etc.). This is really a new era in digital cameras.
A few months ago, I would have let myself be tempted by the Canon PowerShot G9a compact camera, which is not an SLR, so, especially after reading the remarkable test made by Plongeur.com. But there, having already done a good tour of the possibilities offered by my current camera, a compact one too (the Canon Powershot A95), I have a new temptation, as it were...
The desire to progress in underwater photography tickles me. Even if I have to spend money on this kind of equipment, why not go to the next level? The technology evolves so fast, in the field of photography, that it is always a difficult choice, especially when you have a limited budget. So I'll be patient and wait a bit, to see the new products that will be released... And that will be compatible with underwater photography.
Updated January 2010 : A little addition to this post, one year and a half later... I got my video camera! Yes... It's the Canon Eos 7D ! I love it already!!!
Updated January 2021 : My equipment for underwater photography has evolved a lot, since the publication of this post in September 2008... I invite you to read this article to know how I am equipped today: → Photo and diving equipment: my equipment