te4o: I want stills and motion cam, like RED, but without the budget of affording RED.
I don't want dedicated video nor still cameras, but I want one that makes both perfectly, just like RED does. Currently 5D mark II makes poor resolution video, APS-C cameras make even poorer and the 1D MKIV makes ridiculously poor resolution video, there is no detail and all detail is false detail from aliasing. I purchased the 5D for 70% video and 30% stills, and I still sort of like it and can use it, but the resolution really really sucks, yet better competitors are more expensive, such as RED is. I hope I don't need to start carrying two cameras around in the future like in the old ages when I was carrying a video camera (that sucked).
And I think your mention about HDV is just an error or lack of knowledge what it means?
I am 100% sure you are not serious that everyone wanted a HDV cam with EF. Nobody wants HDV these days! HDV is a tape format, and pretty much already dead format by now.
A perfect cam will be:
Do video with the quality of still images. Currently 5D video is significantly worse than the stills from the same camera, the difference is so huge that the video mode feels ridiculous in comparison, even when the stills are resized to 1080p frames. The only thing that would be needed would be for a DSLR shape body to produce video that looks like sequence of stills but with much higher fps. Sound recording does not matter so much, I record sound separately regardless. Some sound recording is essential to be able to record sync clap, but XLR inputs, phantom power, whatever, does not matter really. And I don't need those when I go to take still photographs.
If the video is high resolution enough, video frames can be used as stills, like with RED they can. From Canon, Nikon or Sony DSLR or SLR, this can not be done because the frames as still images are poor (I have taken some stills from video of 5D, but the aliasing on still is so much more evident than on moving image that it makes it quite unattractive source of still imagery).
And I am not a professional, sort of, I have sold and I am going to sell some of my pictures, but I don't get living from photography or cinematography at the moment and I don't see it likely thing to happen to me. For a person like me it is essential that both high quality video and stills come from the same machine. I do both and I simply couldn't carry both around, and it is hardly justified of owning both. And especially if the camcorder would be large and bulky like some old pro machines, it would be horrible downgrade to start carrying that to all the travels and adventures I document with my cam. Canon please do and deliver prosumer-RED that weights no more than 1DMKIV. First Canon revolution was to do shallow field of field cinematography with photography lenses, but now second revolution is very much needed, and that is getting the resolution up to the task. The rest is already okay.