I am sure the majority want a combined still/video camera and they are fortunate to have multiple options today. As I said, I am sure the new 5DIV will be an all singing and dancing machine, with 4k and the lot, giving them most of what they want. But I have not recorded a single minute of video (except with an iPhone) since my son was born, 26 years ago ... So for me, they could remove every last bit of video functionality from these cameras. Less buttons, cleaner menus etc. etc.I have asked for a still photography optimised camera, since I have absolutely no interest in video. Now it seems I will be getting one. I think I was hoping for an Exmor sensor, but I guess we´ll have to wait and see if this new CMOS process from Canon is the real deal ...
Hopefully the omission of video functionality can give us a respectable price for these cameras. The 5DIV will most likely be an expensive all singing and dancing machine, but these 5Ds bodies could well be both functional and price wise real 810 bashers
Canon aren't removing video (which is good!) rather the more advanced video features aren't being included.
Why is the inclusion of video good?
Because there are times (not many but enough) where it is useful to have video in the same camera.
As an example, if you're out doing landscape photography and come across some deer and then you get a couple of male deer competing and so on. Being out in nature, video can sometimes record a moment better than photo and advanced features (such as DPAF, etc) aren't necessary. Think of it as landscape video work
And yes, I'm with you on the sensor. We'll have to wait and see what the sensor can do.
Although, it does occur to me that a Canon sensor made using a Sony process would fit the mould as a "Canon sensor made using a new process."
Will have to wait and see and wait for some critical measurements before any judgments can be made.
My shooting can be split in two. One half of my images are almost exclusively shot below ISO400 (portraits and landscape/nature) and I am printing in larger and larger formats. So for the 5Ds I am really hoping for a very high quality sensor, with improved low-ISO performance and DR, at least as the Exmor (who isn´t) etc. And if I could get a very high quality focusing screen for manual focus on top of that ... It could well be the last landscape and portrait camera I´ll buy.
The other half of my shooting (action, birds and wildlife) is in the other end of the scale, where I´ll be waiting for the 1DX replacement. If that tics in around 24MP, with improved high-ISO performance (and a few others), I´ll promise to be a good boy for a looong time