Without wanting to be condescending, had you of been watching websites such as dpreview for longer then you'd know that Canon's "peak" was not short, rather it lasted some number of years, maybe even as many as 5 and that it spanned the entire gamut of Canon cameras.
So, dpreview suggests that more people are looking at other brands more often now, but the sales data show that more people are still buying Canon. I guess that means they look at other brands, but don't like what they see… Judging by the ratings on Amazon.com, it seems that people who choose Canon are much happier with their purchases, as well.
The sales figures on Amazon.com do not reflect what is said about markets such as Asia where MILC has eaten up 35% of DSLR sales but it does reinforce Canon USA's decision not to bring EOS-M2 to the USA because its DSLRs sell well enough.
I think you're missing my point. I was referring to sales figures reported by Canon and Nikon themselves. My reference to Amazon wasn't about sales ranking, but their Top Rated dSLR list, based on customer reviews. I referred to that here:
If you want another interesting 'top 100' list, look at what Amazon buyers think of the products they've purchased. Check their Top 100 Rated dSLRs list. The top 14 are all Canon, only 3 Nikon in the top 20 (and all three are D3100/kits). Dilbert, care to count the number of coworkers and friends to whom you 'can't recommend Canon', and compare that to the number of positive recommendations that Canon buyers took the time to post, that result in Canon dominating that list?
The awesome low ISO IQ, high resolution, astounding DR, and higher-than-any-other-dSLR DxOMark Sensor Score of the Nikon D800E have earned it the impressive rank of #76 on that list (only 14 spots behind the poor DR, horrible banding in the shadows 5DII). The D800 and D600/D610? Nowhere to be found (although the D700 is on there...barely, at #98).