So, your saying everything becomes a FF camera with the ability to read the FF area, APS-H area, or APS-C area of the sensor? Sure, this could be an option...but you would always be paying for the FF sensor. There are some benefits to that, but I think there is still explicit value in smaller physical sensor formats like APS-H and APS-C. I don't ever foresee the 7D line becoming a FF with selectable readout areas. It will always be an APS-C part.
What I said was a possible trend for DSLR's to go, not a "this is what's going to happen". (geesh )
DSLR's have a limited lifespan anyway because of the mirrorless segment and if you don't think that mirrorless will someday outperform DSLR's, well then you are not really paying attention to the technology and what it's capable of. The technology is rapidly advancing and because people don't really like radical change, it will come, in small doses and before you know it. BAM! DSLR's are gone and mirrorless becomes the standard.
Just because Nikon and Canon have not given mirrorless a serious thought does not mean that it is useless. Companies like Sony and Panasonic, IF they continue down the road that they have started to build, will soon offer up some very serious camera bodies that Nikon and Canon will have to pay attention to, if they have not already.
Don't think DSLR's are going to be replaced? CRT monitors? Floppy disk? Tape players? How about DVD? oh wait they were ALL replaced by something better and by something that was a radical difference from what people ever thought was possible. Heck, CRT monitors disappeared almost overnight and you would be hard pressed to even fine one new now-a-days.
Don't think Canon and Nikon could ever fail as a company? Well Rome was a world power and fell...
And I never seriously suggested the 7D2 would be FF, I have always believed that the 7D2 was going to stay APS-C. Go back and look at my older posts and you will see.
Don't get all buggered on here because someone suggests a product or performance that YOU may not agree with. This IS Canon RUMORS right, not Canon FACTS???
Lighten up and have some fun...
I think your comparison of either Canon or Nikon DSLRs to "CRT Monitors" is a bit naive. CRT's were old and decrepit DECADES before they became obsolete. DSLRs, on the other hand, are currently the pinnacle of digital photography equipment. They have competition, yes, and eventually mirrorless will become dominant, sure. But that does not mean that Canon and Nikon will disappear right along with the DSLR. Both have already forayed into the mirrorless market. Both are fairly careful companies, so they are testing the waters rather than diving in head first with all the funding they've got (with the exception that Nikon seems rather desperate to develop and release as many diverse products as it possibly can just to keep itself viable.)
Where you say Canon will fail because they are currently primarily dependent upon the DSLR for their revenues, I say they will adapt and produce a phenomenal mirrorless part, much like they produced cine parts, in more than enough time to survive the changing market. Just because a company "is currently" dependent upon one particular product for it's revenues in a given market segment does not mean that company is incapable of changing which products they depend upon for revenue.
As facts would have it, 2013 is the FIRST year that DSLR sales actually missed their targets in many years. Up through last year, DSLR sales, particularly the entry-level models but also higher end models, were actually growing. Last year, DSLR growth actually topped mirrorless growth in a number of key markets. One year's market miss does not make a trend. We may see similar things over the next few years, and if we do, then a trend it definitely is...but it isn't a trend yet. In several articles I read last year and the first part of this year, the analysis of the DSLR growth gave an increase in photography amongst consumers in general, thanks to smartphone sales, as a driver for those same consumers becoming more interested and wanting better quality. To date, the DSLR has historically offered the best image quality to price ratio in the digital photography arena. That is certainly primed to change if cameras like the A7r become commonplace, and cheaper models become available.
But again...Canon and Nikon are certainly not incapable of adapting to market change. They have adapted to, and in some cases even lead, market change in the past decades...it isn't like this is the first radical shift the photography market has experienced. Last time, Canon came out on top, and Nikon lost some ground (and seems to have experienced a permanent supply chain/manufacturing capability problem as a result, which I think is more to blame for their struggles than producing intriguing products that people want to buy.) So, I don't disagree that mirrorless technology will eventually become dominant, never have...although I personally despise EVFs and do not think they will ever be able to physically achieve the kind of raw pixel resolution, dynamic range, or frame rate necessary to avoid their shortcomings relative to optical viewfinders, so I'm not a big fan of mirrorless technology. I do not, however, believe either Canon or Nikon, the two biggest players in photography for decades, are going to fail just because the market is enduring another shift. I think both companies are innovative, competitive, and often quite shrewed in their business dealings, and they will survive...probably with some particularly compelling products as well.