But if Canon gave me all of that today, what would they sell me in a couple of years?
Well, the flip side is: if they do not give you what you want, what would they sell you today? In my case, nothing. I did not upgrade because I was not excited enough.
This may be a quite logical choice. It's always about costs and benefits and there are always those who will skip a generation or even two. That's a built-in part of the equation and Canon, like any corporation, understands that that maximizing profits is not about selling the most units. Sometimes they might get it right, sometimes they might not. Sometimes managers get promoted, sometimes they get reassigned
. They do not care whether you
upgrade. They care that they sell enough
units to meet their predictions in terms of cost and price. If everyone upgrades they haven't priced it high enough. If no one upgrades, they've priced it so high that there's no value in upgrading, even for the new feature set.
Do you upgrade your car every year? Probably not. I'm driving a 2006 E class Mercedes with 33,000 miles on it. I practically stole it from the dealer three plus years ago when it was four years old and had only 5500 miles on it! One owner who really never drove it. It's got a lot of life in it. When I bring it in for service they give me a loaner and it's usually a current or one year old E class. It has blue tooth, satellite radio, a more sophisticated sound system in general, a more sophisticated navigation system (as does my iPhone 5 with Google Maps for what that's worth), and a nicer sunroof. It also has a rear view camera, something I've lived without all of my driving life, but wouldn't mind having. The ride is pretty similar, especially since I put on four new tires that had dry rotted from age but still passed inspection. Am I going to "upgrade"? No, of course not. Why? It's not enough to convince me. Maybe if they add in jet packs so I can fly over traffic, that might convince me. In the meanwhile, I'll keep driving my "nearly new" almost eight year old car. And you'll keep shooting with your older camera(s) until there is something to which upgrading makes sense.