The decision will probably depend on whether the accountants are in charge or the engineers.
"Aye, therein lie the rub," Brian.
As you've sometimes alluded to your experiences with corporations, you know who is now in charge. I fought that war in all the years I spent in corporations -- and I'm no fan of what we used to call the "bean counters." They virtually destroyed, for example, General Motors. GM, prior to the 1970s was always a company of engineers. They produced great cars (for their time) that people enjoyed driving. Then the financial types took over, and the rest is sad, sad history. We don't even have to mention the current worldwide financial crisis, compliments of those same number crunching dimwits.
We can all hope against hope that the good technical folks at Canon may overcome damage done by those in-charge "accountants." But, I believe you've nailed the heart of most of our dissatisfactions, Brian. As long as Ebenezer Scrooge controls Canon engineers we are all diminished. While we say we want more DR and other improvements from sensors Canon uses, what we're really saying is that we want accountants to allow engineers to put the best possible sensors in the products.
Accountants have their place, but it is not in product design. Next up, lawyers!! Billy Shakespeare had something to say about them too!
So fitting from Shakespeare:
To sleep, perchance to dream. Aye, there's the rub
For in that sleep of death what dreams may come