The thing is Canon very much seems to have become a company that simply won't give about anything unless forced to,
Stop with the imaginary drama. You know...or should know for all you talk about DR...that the shadow noise issue traces back to a Sony patent. Canon can't do the same thing Sony can in designing their sensors. Do you expect Canon to close their fabs and become dependent on Sony over this issue?
so until everyone makes a big stink they will just toss us old, old tech sensors when it comes to low ISO performance for who knows how many more years or half decades.
Patents last 20 years. I don't know if Canon will be able to work around the patent, or if some other technology will make it moot, in less time. Probably the latter, but who knows when.
Maybe if CR had posted the DR patent part of Ankorwatt's find and had put it on the front page along with the security sensor whatever that they did put on the front page (as they do with basically every other patent under the sun that someone comes across) you'd know that Canon has high DR patents, including ones using column ADC, a that a new one was just filed relatively recently, Ankorwatt brought it to light, and then others brought to light that they had actually had others for column ADC varients in 2007 and 2006 too and it has even been said that they didn't care enough to file one for a completely different potential method to increase DR back earlier on too (although maybe something was lost in translation in the telling of that story).
The problem is that with most of those patents, and certainly not with the latest one, they can't make use of any of it on their ancient 500nm process (where they make all their DSLR sensors). Other makers invested in new advanced fabs or moved DSLR production to advanced fabs that can handle more advanced sensor designs (not the that the sensor sensors themselves are bad from Canon, they are among or even the best, but the associated electronics parts of their sensors are very out of date so they are tossing out many stops of performance at low ISO that the sensor sensor actually has). Canon has invested as much in it and what they do have that is more advanced they keep reserved for P&S sensors.
Also even with old style tech, Nikon managed to do half way to Exmor in improvements, nothing patented there at all, and Canon stayed the same.
It was also said that they DSLR division in Japan was sent something to patent for improving DR that was supposed to be able to work on their current fabs but marketers/MBAs at DSLR division were said to have just tossed it off and were supposedly like who cares, shocking the other Canon division. It never got filed much less used, who knows what ever happened to it. Although maybe something got lost in translation between the two Canon divisions in the story that was told was not as absurd sounding for real.
If the next round of cameras don't deliver then it's not like you'll just have been stuck with old tech for DR for a few months or a few years but for more than a decade.
Nice hyperbole, but in 2003-2005 Canon sensors were measurably better in all respects. (And yet I still told my Nikon lens owning friend to buy a Nikon DSLR. Imagine that!)
What hyperbole? If the next round in 2014 doesn't deliver will will have had old tech for DR for over a decade, remember that the round after the next round doesn't happen the day after the next round is released but another good three years later on top.
Poorly processed concert photos and brick walls =/= "expanded photographic possibilities."
RIiiight sure because all we want is expanded possibilities to shoot brick walls. Stop making nonsense up.