« on: August 31, 2012, 07:11:43 PM »
The "bigger impact" that you are speaking of, only exists in our heads ... generally the people who actually buy these cameras are those who can only buy that specific camera at that price point (there might be some exceptions but very few) ... people don't go for a cheaper camera when they can afford a better one.
Let me give you a recent example, for a very long time in India Suzuki has been making small cars which cost around $5000, a couple of years ago another very popular Indian car maker launched a very "similar" sized car for only $2000 ... but the $2000 did not beat the "similar" sized $5000 car, in fact most people looked down on it $2000 car and it made the $5000 car even more popular ... because it was no longer the "cheapest" car around instead it had become something of an upgrade from a "very cheap" $2000 car.
If anything the perception of "bigger impact" could actually work in favour of D800 & 5D MK III.
Many people thought the same thing about Canon 1100D/Nikon D3100 vs Canon 550D/Nikon D5100 ... but the fact of the matter most people did not chose the entry level DLSRs if they could afford one level higher DSLRs like the 500D or the D5000 etc, despite both having the same sensor.
I do get your point, and it is true in most cases. There are one other example, though a bit different. Nokia, once king of the mobile phone world, now in big big trouble, beacause of arrogance and not taking the competition seriously.
Canon needs the competition, and should take them seriously. The worst that can happen from that is that we get better and cheaper Canon products, and the best is that we get better and cheaper Canon products.