« on: November 05, 2013, 09:43:06 AM »
Oh, can we also put to bed the "take away video and make the camera cheaper!" arguments for good now. Here's a stills camera aimed at photographers at the expense of videographers, and its 50% more expensive than their more mass-market D600/D610. It's gonna double the street price of the 6D, which is the same size and has video.
No video makes it more niche, which makes it more expensive
A true test would be for CaNikon to sell say the 6D and D610 each in a video-enabled" "v"-version and a "p"- pure photography version with absolutely everything equal, including outer design, except video-capture/video out [not firmware hackable]. "p" version being sold at USD/€ 1500 and the "v" version at 2500. One grand more is still dirt cheap compared to purchase of both a video and a stills camera. THAT way, we would see, whether videogrpahers really are only cheapskates piggybacking on stills shooter's DSLRs or whether they are willing to pay for the fact, that they want to use a device for two purposes.
I KNOW what the market split would be. Less than 10% of those yelling for all sorts of video crap in DSLRs wpould be willing to pay anything for it.
More faulty logic: you are still assuming that video costs extra, whereas it's been well-argued (1) that video is largely a bonus derived from LiveView. Furthermore, the difference in manufacturing costs is negligible, it's all about R&D and sales volume. Mainstream cameras without video will not sell well, which will drive up the per-unit costs.
If you don't believe that video is nearly free, consider that there's half-decent video in $300 P&S cameras. Try to argue your way around that. A truer test would be to offer both models at the same price, and see which sells.
I KNOW what the market split would be
If you really believe that then you are deficient in your science education. No one "knows" until the test is actually done.
(1) I say "well-argued" because while we don't have direct access to Canon's cost info, the principles have been well developed.