The question is can pros and serious enthusiasts provide sufficient market for the level of development we have come to expect? It used to be the pro bodies were updated on a ten year cycle and lenses even longer. We are likely headed in that direction again.I guess that explains why the 7D Mark II took 5 years before it got updated. Most folks thought it'll follow a 3 year cycle.
And yet, we get new iPhones every year or so. And, despite the fact that my iphone is now several generations outdated, Apple has continuously updated its operating system to add features that its hardware will support. Perhaps cameramakers will do the same thing.
In Laforet's article, he talked about using digital cameras as stands to hold up smartphones taking timelapses. Why aren't cameramakers putting something as simple as a software intervalometer into high end digital cameras? Once they realize that they need to start making "smartcameras," there will be a revolution in the digital photography field. I'm not talking about just dropping Android into the firmware. I'm talking about making a serious effort at integrating cameras directly with existing devices, and taking full advantage of firmware and hardware. On a $1,000+ camera, I think such things should be included.
I bought my first smartphone because I wanted to sync it with my laptop. I bought the 6D so I could use the wifi to get pics on my iphone and get them to social media ASAP. When people see me do that, they say, I wish my camera did that. The point-and-shoot I bought my wife has the same capability but she can't figure it out without me. If Canon made that kind of thing easy and quick on a smart camera, I think they'd keep people buying cameras. It may not stop the shrinking market, but it would certainly slow the losses.