I don't understand why some people continue to argue the point that the 1Ds and 1D have merged. Is it because they are hanging onto hope?
I honestly see this as a good sign for those who need high MP yet not all of the bells and whistles of the 1DX. Why? Because I see this as a possible future for Canon DSLRs.
1DX: A sports and photojournalist camera that is the flagship for Canon DSLRs. $6800 (Correct my price if I'm wrong, I thought I read that in the release.)
5DMIII: This is where your big MP, FF camera comes in at. What were we thinking, 24-32? $3500-$3800
6D: Rumors have been out about a cheaper FF option. Why not put your 1DX sensor in this? $2800-$3000
7D/7DII: Continue on with the line as it is a beautiful seller and great camera: $1800-$2100
60D/70D: Last I heard, the 60D was easily outselling the T3i. I'm guessing the line continues: $1000
I have to agree. With the way that the 5D II ate into the sales of the 1Ds III, because the sensors were so similar, I figured Canon had to do something to differentiate them for the next release.
It will certainly be interesting to see how things shake out with the 5D II replacement. I'd certainly like to see some of the 1D X features, such as Multiple Exposure (I don't expect 9 exposures, of course) and chromatic aberration correction.