Originally Posted by Stoo
You might know this, but the talk in the housing world is that we aren't too far from being able to build a housing to suit different cameras, and all controls will be electronically controlled. I presume that mass production is the goal, which should bring the cost down...
Well, video rigs have been doing this for years. They use a industry standard (well, at least a multi-manufacturer standard) called LanC which allows electronic (serial, I think) control over things such as rec/stby, stop, exposure, white balance, focus, zoom; basically the whole gamut through a 4-conductor mini-D connector.
I could certainly see DSLR's going the same route.