Your arguments are almost childlike.
Almost? Just almost? I was aiming for completely.
But seriously, would you take a 1DX to Antarctica for that once-in-a-lifetime, all-important assignment, knowing the camera is not rated for that environment?
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Your arguments are almost childlike.
When shooting in eagles sub-freezing temps with my 1D X, the LCD stopped working...but the OVF didn't, and I kept on shooting.
However, a modern SLR with live view is almost exactly the same as a MILC plus a mirror plus an OVF.
But the problem that many people don't realize is the the Bokeh you lose with APS-C at smaller apertures. ... Basically, the bokeh at f2 on FF is equal to f3.2 on APS-C. ... Then your bokeh is up to f6.4 FF equiv.
LEICA is always the ol' rusty nail that deflates the whole argument against the profitability of niche markets, aren't they?
Who's arguing that niche markets are unprofitable? They can be quite profitable, if managed (aka exploited) properly. The 1-series bodies are a niche market, the 1D C even more so – and they're priced for Canon to profit from them. Ferrari has been in business for a long time.
The thing that needs to be deflated is some people's idea that niche market high-end gear should be sold to them as mass-market prices.
Your view of the situation is rather incomplete.
In fact, only ~13% of Fuji's revenue comes from their Imaging Solutions division (which includes their consumer camera products), and income from their Imaging division has dropped steadily over the last 5 years.
Imaging Solutions also includes photo paper and instant cameras, both of which have increased revenues recently, but the drop in digital camera sales has dragged the division down overall.
So, Fujifilm is doing well because they they sell a lot of office products and medical imaging devices, not becuase they sell 'a few quality products (a la LEICA)'.
Speaking of Leica, Leica Camera is a niche company that exists primarily becuase the conglomerate that bought the rest of Leica (Danaher purchased the Microsystems and Geosystems divisions a few years back) didn't want the camera division, because it doesn't fit with their B2B business model. Leica Camera had to license their own name back from Danaher.
So Canon will fail because they're not diversified…
... but Fujifilm and Olympus are diversified?
Which, as stated, Canon already did…and the EOS M was the second best-selling MILC in Japan last year, outselling Fuji, Olympus, Panasonic, and most models of Sony MILCs.
You can ignore that fact all day long, but that doesn't make it untrue or irrelevant.
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No, Olympus, Panasonic, Sony and FUJIFILM are selling 2014-model mopeds. Ok, Sony has a car in its lineup, but it's a niche product, sort of like a muscle car - a big, powerful engine in a plain, rather boring chassis.
In this analogy, Canon is Toyota, selling all sorts of models at many price levels, including the Corolla which is the best-selling car in the world.
Toyota looks like they're venturing into the scooter market, too, just like Canon is venturing into the MILC market.
First off, I think you may be overstating the impact of that influence on camera buying decisions. Are you suggesting that every person to whom you recommend the Fuji XT-1 will buy one, or that no one else may be telling that same person to buy a Canon 650D? That seems unliklely. Influence works both ways. Importantly, it works by observation - Canon's position as the market leader means if you go out and look, you're more likely to see a Canon camera in someone's hands than one made by Fuji, Olympus or Panasonic.
Second, and more importantly, it's obvious that Canon is diversified into many markets, from imaging systems to industrial equipment. Their imaging systems business encompasses P&S, ILCs, camcorders, cinema and broadcast, printers, etc.
(Well, maybe I extrapolated from your statements just a bit for dramatic effect…)
Make the SL1 design mirrorless with a more solid body and your problems are solved. EF/EF-S lens compatibility and a form-factor that people are familiar with and like.
marketing 101 - segment your market. Extra maximum profit from each.
Would you be happy if there was only 1 car, a high priced car for the enthusiasts?
Populations drive corporate bottom lines. Canon cares…about the camera market. But not about you and the people you influence, nor about me and the people I influence, the number of which doesn't even rise to the level of meaningless insignificance on the scale of the global camera market.
Yep, the rich old relative that will be drinking fine wine and feasting on pâté and aged cheeses ...
Again, you are thinking from the perspective of an individual buying one camera, and Canon is considering the perspective of millions of people buying all sorts of cameras.