One of the things I really like about my iPhone is the ability to not only shoot but also to edit short videos on-the-move, using only what comes with the phone and a £2.99 app. This saves me from lugging a laptop with me, and coupled with 3G, gives me a way of creating social media videos and uploading them to Youtube from any location I can get a signal.
I’m not aware of any DSLR or DSLR-like camera (such as Sony’s SLTs) that can do this. Both the Nikon D7000 and Canon 60D can shorten clips, which is a useful start. It doesn’t look from the manual as if the Sony A55 could even do that.
I’m sure lots of photographers wouldn’t be bothered about this, and most videographers will want to edit on computer, but I don’t think I’m the only person who would find this useful. And I’m guessing – though I’m not certain about this – that if my phone has enough processing power to do this, so would an advanced DSLR.
Of course the DSLR or SLT wouldn’t have a 3G connection to upload, but I’d still find it really useful to edit the video I’ve just shot whilst sitting on a train or plane, particularly if it means it’s finished before I get home.
I don’t hold out much hope of this particular wish being granted – not beyond maybe shortening clips – but I’ll give Sony two gold stars if it is.