Therefore CaNikon are both receiving their well-deserved punishment.
So, who is punishing who?
Actually, the answer is the global economy is punishing everyone. Your assertion that FuSonOly is punishing Canon would be like saying Canon's camera sales are the cause of Fuji's announced cut in the forecast for Subaru car sales.
Feel free to peddle your doom-speak and unfounded, biased opinions somewhere else...might I suggest DPR?
Considering that many outfits are posting record profits, your "global economy" argument is actually the one that is unfounded. Just because Canon writes "negative impact of economic deterioration" in a quarterly report, does not make it fact. Many businesses are booming right now, selling luxury items at high costs (see Google, Apple
Playstation, Xbox, etc.).
The reality is simple: consumer trends are changing, and Canon has not tacked to follow those market shifts. Many people have complained here in recent months/years (me being one of them), often times to the chagrin of the "long term" forum members. See your own post, for example: "might I suggest DPR?" You and the Canon-faithful are welcome to employ a dismissive attitude towards consumer complaints, but this is where it gets you; a deteriorating company stuck in a rut and unable to quickly respond to market factors. Here we are, almost two years out from the D800 launch with no competing body in sight! That is shameful. And just ask Microsoft how well an entrenched/consumer-unfriendly mentality is working out for them with Windows8.
In the post above, AvTvM really nailed it - these companies simply decided to ignore consumers, and now they are suffering as a result. The companies that evolved and innovated are thriving - even in a less than ideal global economy. Those that don't implement dramatic shifts in corporate direction will either stagnate or wither and fade away. Only time will tell.
For me, I remain a Canon enthusiast. I'm well invested in glass and have three bodies that serve me well on a professional level (5D3, 6D and 60D). However, for my recent overseas travel adventure, I just picked up a Fuji x100 on eBay. I must say it has forced me to re-evaluate my position regarding brand-loyalty. As long as other camera users (both professionals and enthusiasts) continue to evaluate competing equipment, and as long as Canon refuses to accept the incredibly competitive marketplace, they will only further erode their position as leader in the dSLR sector.
I hope they can right the ship.