Originally Posted by markr041
I think it is really good that video capability is now important for all types of cameras. This means we may no longer need two cameras - one for stills and one for video. This also means that it is the camcorder that may be most threatened.
As to the comparison, one could validly conclude that it really makes no difference with any good camera what you use to shoot video (in contrast to the point of most of the threads in this forum), or you can download the videos, pixel-peep them and compare sharpness, color, contrast etc., as all are straight from the cameras.
".....video capability is now important for all types of cameras." And some types of cameras that have good photo and video capability let you talk, navigate and text too! Sony, Panasonic, Nikon, Canon, etc are being pushed hard by Apple and Samsung. It's great!
".....one could ... conclude that it really makes no difference with any good camera what you use to shoot video..." For awhile I made a point of trying to answer first poster questions about what cheap camcorder they should buy. My typical answer would be to look at point-n-shoot cameras with AVCHD 1080p. Many times I've suggested the shooter's skills are far more important than the camera/camcorder. More often than not I would be blasted off the screen by more technically savvy camcorder fans.
It may be that the cake we have got here with the technical development of AVCHD, Blu-Ray and HD TV. The marketing is the icing that put a standard in place that seems to be required in any good camera.
From Wikipedia: "On February 19, 2008, Toshiba officially announced that it would stop the development of the HD DVD players, conceding the format war to the Blu-ray Disc format." Also from Wikipedia: AVCHD, developed jointly by Sony and Panasonic, was introduced in 2006 primarily for use in high definition consumer camcorders" and "AVCHD is derived from the Blu-ray Disc specification."
AVCHD and Blu-Ray is only part of the process that included everything from broadcast standards, to computer screens, on line distrubution and editing software. Even the Nexus 7 that is thumping the iPad in fresh reviews is 1080 HD.
If universal inclusion of HD "in all types of (consumer) cameras" marks the last phase of HD consumer adoption, one can say it took about 8 or 9 years from the first HD TVs to now, where the process is complete.
"4K" or "Ultra-TV" is being market tested, but few have walls big enough for the massive TVs. Higher video bit rates and RAW capture are interesting, but required consumer computer power may get in the way.
Are we at the video "sweet spot"? Will there be any significant consumer video quality development in the next couple years? In other words, what's next?