« on: September 14, 2014, 08:36:36 AM »
This is what happens when a high tech company stops innovating: it becomes an also ran, a follower, trailing the market instead of leading it. After two years and three generations of RX100s out, is this the best you can come out with as a response? Where is the Canon Corp. that brought to market the AE-1, the EOS system and the eye tracking AF system? And even worse, where is Nikon hiding while all this is happening? They are even worse than Canon here, Nikon's doesn't want to trail, it's not acknowledging the existence of the path at all! Sony is making huge profits out of each silly RX100 they can churn out, while CaNikon have to resort to losing money selling $40 "refurbished" (why don't they call them for what they really are: NOS "New Old Stock") point and shots that costs them $100 a piece to manufacture and market. It's not like they can't innovate any more: witness the huge leaps in sharpness Canon is making with each new lens it's bringing to market and all the tech Nikon is pouring onto the 1 system and the tremendous advances they are making in how they manufacture each camera. All this is well, but why not do some more on the actual cameras' features, which is the actual product that draws people to the brand? CaNikon, please don't sleep this one out. Sony and Samsung have humungus budgets (well at least Samsung) and I'm sure that their ultimate quest, just like Apple's, is for a cell phone that can churn out as good pictures and videos as a FF DSLR. Just give them time and they will completely kill the DSLR. You guys should really start making the best picture taking cell phones and innovate on the cameras, or else Apple, Samsung and Sony will have you for lunch, literally!
I think this is placing far too much importance on being first to market, Canon has only rarely been first to market with fundamentally new tech. EOS was actually a very late entry into the AF market(almost a decade after the first AF compacts and 5+ years after other SLR's) but succeeded by offering a more refined and complete system. Early DSLR devolpment was spearheaded more by Kodak and Fuji than Canon and Nikon.
The idea of a 1 inch sensor compact is probably the most significant innovation over the last 2-3 years in the camera market and this release seems like it will offer specs very similar to Sony's releases. I'm guessing Nikon will have there own version out within a few months as well.