While the HDSLRs can produce some pretty video you have to spend a small fortune on the erector kit it takes to make it somewhat ergonamic. Easily $10-20K by the time you add necessarry audio support and a couple lenses. Someone's already pointed out the problems editing the format & the the audio shortcomings. The new CS5 Premiere Pro will edit the raw files & the Zoom H4n is a great little field recorder.
On the otherhand, the photo of a camcorder implies that it's your reference of info about camcorders. I'm sure it's not, BUT.....that camcorder is an entry level toy & has very few if any of the features required by pro camera operators. Kinda hard to compare apples & oranges but I digress.
I agree, a shallow depth of field is sweet but the trade off just aren't worth it to me. I can get satisfactory results from Premiere Pro.
The truth is that Canon dumb luck stumbled into the 5D when Reuters asked for the video feature in an SLR. The new hybrids (Panasonic AG-AF100) will make the HDSLR obsolute in a very short time. Less $ and all the features requires by pros. And, as Marshall Thompson says, "thank you capitalism!".
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