If you're coming from a video background and used to using an EX1, then maybe this could be considered an inconvenience. I wouldn't call it a show stopper though. If you're a DOP from a production background, this is par for the course. That's what matte boxes and ND filters are for. I'm more concerned about the codec than a missing ND filter. It will be interesting to see what can be extracted from the HDMI port into a NanoFlash or similar. Otherwise, this looks like a killer product. Anybody catch that shot of the NEX-FS100 with the Zeiss CP2 lens on it? Wowza.
The demise of the video DSLR is near, very near. I say within 2 years no-one will be shooting video on a dslr. With the NEX-FS100, the AF100 and even the F3, affordable, large sensor video cameras are here. And yes, I do realize that the F3 is $16k, but that's still $10k less than a stripped down Red, which needs another $10k of accessories to make it work properly.
Dennie's own video of the sony he mentions inbuilt ND
The (my) dream is ..
-use of the stills lense investment to shoot motion (at or close to its designed FOV)
-simple controls wheels for WB, F , Shutter Speed, ISO, FPS
-one device that can produce both stills and motion
-files that have the flexibility of a still raw file
-a small package
- fast AF ?
- tools for the 'image aquisition business'
none of the cams you mention kill that dream apart from Epic, which I guess is a pretty weak stills offering
cams like the F3 are pretty poor really in their image quality - not really on par with a file from a 10 year old APS DSLR cam like the nikon D100 and the EX1/F3 have a terrible UI
I think if a camera like a future pelicle mirror (no moving parts) nikon D3(4 or 5) could get 25or more FPS to an external recorder you are more likely to see the opposite effect
the end of video cameras, even the Alexa
Considering the increases in ability over the years of canon and nikon to capture a quantity of data in a small timespace such a device is not out of the question IMOin two years everyone who matters will be shooting dslr for video
or at least the split may be in the ratio we see now between Phaselblad and CaNikon - 95% of pro stills assisgnments on DSLR I guess with a small high end % on Phaselblad
Pro large sensor video aquisition 2013.. 95% DSLR, 5% ALexa or Epic - my guess