Weâ€™ll have it soon, a digital SLR camera that can also shoot movies the way consumer compact cameras can. That is, if the technology being patented by inventor Hiroshi Terada goes into production.
But it looks like the still image quality is going to take a hit, according to an opinion by PhotographyBay.com, because the DSLRâ€™s narrow focus tolerance and fast AF speed are not conducive to video capture.
As a side note, the Nikon D60 already offers movie shooting, albeit limited to just 100 frames, with its stop-motion animation feature. The D60 can stitch together full-resolution JPEG photos and play them up to 15 frames per second. Early days, yes, but you know where this is headed.
Teradaâ€™s patent application is here, in case you might have a similar design â€“ give a howl now or file a suit later. The read link below will take you to Photography Bayâ€™s analysis of the technology.