Maybe an odd question at first glance, but there is a lot of substance behind it. Canon in particular has pushed up prices of its higher end DSLR models to such a degree that the really need to produce something pretty special - the trouble is that they don't produce image quality that much better than the previous models.
Last month Canon held a management briefing here The interesting thing is what they said about comming compact cameras:
"we will further differentiate and enhance our lineup by launching new cameras offering the image qualities that approaches SLR cameras; furthering the improvement in design and qualities, and by incorporating features such as network, connectivity capabilities."
Now I'm sure that there will be those who view this as some kind of heresy and won't believe that this is even possible, but have a look at these images taken with the Olympus E-M5 and a Canon FD 50-300mm f/4.5L and then ask yourself seriously if a DSLR would have returned better image quality.
Falling sales of high end product will reduce profits, and put pressure on manufacturers to raise high prices even higher, but what is the real point of paying so much for something which isn't returning images significantly better than those which can be obtained for a tenth of the outlay? Of course we know that clients expect to see a big camera, better than something they might own, and for those users, there's little choice
When you take 50,000 Photos a year for live events, weddings, studio photos, concerts, and many other things, films workflow can be a strain to manage, tag, print, copy, email, scan for clients. Digital is king for speed while I feel film is for medium or large format jobs which require the extra detail and DR. IE: architecture & Landscapes.
The 35mm film format isnt worth the extra processing and cost for me. Its detail isnt worth it compared to just shooting digital.
Also, No one says you have to shoot with the latestest and greatest gear. A Good full-frame 5Dc and an EG-S screen can run you as low as 800$ and has AF if you'd like to use it. Thats a bargian compared to processing and drum scans to get every ounce of IQ from a slide.
Just my 2 Cents.
You do know that the Olympus OM-D E-M5 is a 16 MP digital mirrorless camera ?
My Bad. LOL I Just hear olympus OM and think of my Old OM-1.