Video means, R&D funds are misappropriated for something only a tiny minority ever uses in a DSLR, rather than being directed at the issues, Canon should be solving and which would be beneficial to the overwhelming majority of stills photographers: fully competitive sensors! Vastly improved DR at low ISO! Far less banding/noise, better S/N at high ISO!
And hey, guess what, these would also benefit video!
Personally, I really don't understand why you and other avid videographers are not buying a true videocam. If I was into video, I would definitely NEVER EVER put up with ANY DSLR to capture video. Not even a 1Dc. I'd rather buy a C500 or something along those lines then.
I'm not an avid videographer, I am a cameraman and editor with Europes largest publishing company. My work is on TV as part of programmes or as commercials on a regular basis. If you see an advert for the Mirror, People, or Daily Record etc then I've probably had some kind of hand in it.
As such I have access to or own a number of cameras, from GoPros to XDCAMHD's. DSLRs and HDV in between.
I'm currently deciding what to replace our ENG with, another ENG or a large sensor camera, such as a C100 or BMD (thus my interest in m43 lenses and attendance at the OM seminar) ENGs are great for some jobs. DSLRs are great for some jobs. GoPros are great for some jobs. iphones are great for some jobs. You use the tool for the job. I'm not suggesting to anybody that a DSLR is the be all and end all, and I doubt any fellow professional would accept such advice.
And I would beat on Canon to sell those video gagdets at more reasonable prices. Since obviously lower price is the sole reason why people would ever consider buying large sensored DSLRs and (ab)use them to capture video.
I'll send them an email just now. 'Dear Canon, please sell your gadgets at more reasonable prices. Fanks. Love Paul'.
I'll let you know how I get on.
Here's some other reasons:
Choice of lenses, particularly lenses like Tilt Shift, where the effects are difficult to otherwise replicate.
Compact form. Saves my back from breaking. Discreet.
They work. Better than any other cameras for some situations.
Large sensor look is difficult to achieve on other cameras at similar prices. Yeah we could use the old red rock mounts with interted mirrors etc, but em. Naw. Naw thanks.
If Nikon brings their new DF DSLR without video, that will be the only feature about it, that I will commend them for. Otherwise I don't care for that camera not at all. I hate retro looks on modern gear, whether it be cameras or cars.
You see you call it retro. Some might call it functional. Aperture rings and shutter dials work fine with gloves in the cold winter. Electronic dials can be hard to manipulate in the cold.
We lost these external controls because of electronic operation, i used an SR-T up until 5 years ago and still miss it. I spent most of my time looking though it rather than at it. It wasn't a design or fashion statement.
Retro for retros sake alone is a bit naff (new minis, new beetles) but some things are just classic and I prefer to think of them as a relaunch. The thing with making a blanket statement is that there are exceptions to every rule.