I mentioned in the 5DIII DxO freak out thread, but Canon has a big time marketing problem on their hands. Particularly on the low end, competing against the D3200. Unless Canon pulls a rabbit out of a hat, people looking at their first DSLR are going to see Nikon 24MP > Canon 18MP, Nikon DxO results > Canon DxO results (regardless of the stock you put in the scores, many people will be influenced by this)... and then finally, price. We don't know what a T3i successor will cost. But at $699 MSRP Nikon is offering a pretty remarkable value.Yes. Tough row to hoe in percieved value (24 doo-hickeys is more than 18) and bargain/price value. Unlike those of us who have already bought into Canon equipment (and who indeed frequent websites about Canon products and rumors of Canon products), new/uncommitted buyers will not make the mental effort to ignore megapixels as we might.
Nikon brought the house this round. Hopefully Canon responds similarly.
But hey, hearty competition is exactly what we want, right? Better products and pricing from Canon should be the result, yes?