Does the 5 minute limit have nothing to do with the capacity of the memory card? Do they mean, 5 minutes, then that's a clip, then you shoot another 5 minutes, and that's a separate clip, and on, and on, instead of continuous shooting for more than 5 minutes?
If that's true, hell, most hollywood movies could be shot with a 50 second per "clip" limit. 5 minutes ain't so bad.
The five minutes is just an individual clip limit - apparently the sensor gets warm. But you can string as many of those as you can fit on a 32 GB card, which is approx. 80 minutes of high def. video.
The Nikon USA site has a few short clips, but this link to the Nikon main site is much better. Check out D Movie. This was stunning to watch. It's like DSLR photos - but movies. I know that should be obvious, but seeing this really knocked me over. Here's the link: [a href=\"http://imaging.nikon.com/products/im...90/en/d-movie/]http://imaging.nikon.com/products/im...90/en/d-movie/[/url]
Also - David Pogue has a brief write-up on the camera which includes some notes on his use of it:http://www.iht.com/articles/2008/08/27/tec...y/PTPOGUE28.php
A short clipping, that includes an interesting note re: game changing pricing:
"High-definition video, at that. Stunning, vivid, wide screen, 1024 x 720 pixel, 24-frames-per-second video, with the color and clarity that only an SLR can provide.
Now, most people's first reaction is: "Well, duh. My $200 Canon has been capturing video for years." Or maybe: "What a gimmick. Who would ever use video on a $1,000 piece of photographic equipment?" Or, at best: "Well, I guess it might sometimes be useful to snag a video clip when I'm out shooting stills."
But there is something much bigger going on here. Remember: Any control, effect or lens that is available for the D90's still photos is now available for videos. Think of all the freedom you gain that you wouldn't generally have on a camcorder: control over focus, depth of field and exposure, special effects like fisheye, monochrome and vivid and excellent image stabilization when using a Nikon VR lens.
But here's the real mind-blower: You now have a video camera that takes interchangeable lenses. Before the D90, if you wanted a high-definition video camera with removable lenses, you would pay $7,000 for the camera, and $7,000 to $20,000 more for each lens.
On this camera, though, I tried Nikon's $500 fisheye lens, and filmed a complete 180-degree vista without having to turn or pan. With a macro lens, I filmed a bumblebee, huge and clear as though it were in a National Geographic documentary. With a 300-mm telephoto lens, sitting in my bleachers seat at a tennis tournament, I was suddenly filming what other people could only capture as still images."