I have purchased Sony consumer electronic items in the past.
If you look up "hit or miss" in the dictionary, you may very well see a Sony logo.
With the exception of CRT televisions, product longevity has been an issue in my limited experience.
I haven't purchased a Sony item in many years- the last one for me was a Dell branded Trinitron monitor. Still works, but no longer used. Other consumer electronic items always seemed to fail soon after the warranty elapsed.
A Sony camera far exceeds the cost of any single item I have purchased with the Sony name, and truthfully, I'm not about to try one today- unless one is given to me.
The few people I know with either a Canon DSLR or a point and shoot of any brand barely use the features available. The person I know with the basic Canon still has the kit lens and no external flash, despite having used a couple of Canon lenses I own and an external flash *and* seeing a marked improvement in images. I suspect that describes plenty of camera kit owners.
People crying for "Canon to respond" must be such a small segment of a small market slice. I really can't envision these cries even registering on the Canon radar screen.
Professionals that make money with images must also use the Canon CPS system. Does Sony have an equivalent?
Even a million people tossing their "outdated Canon's" into the trash and buying a Sony replacement are a small percentage of Canon users. Where are the Sony lenses? Oh, that's right...
I'm not saying that the Sony system is bad, but the market scales are not even close to being in the same league.
I bet Canon has something in the skunkworks. The question is what will it cost.
Sony just release what appears to be an awesome camera, especially for the price. I am committed to Canon myself, but I think some people are starting to think about switching because these others like Sony are upping the quality of their products.
Canon doesn't have anything close to the 24mp, 79 AF points and 12 FPS...especially under $1500.
Curious to see what everyone else's thoughts are on this new Sony and where you think Canon falls within the competition.