Price is based from Amazon:
Canon 5D Mark III + 24-70 II --> $3500+$2300 = $5800
Nikon D600 + 24-70 + 14-24 --> $2100 + $1900 + $2000 = $6000
Maybe it's time to switch to Nikon or Sony, unless canon can react fast. They are lossing the price war to Nikon and Sony(A99), plus their sensor is not as good as Sony's which are used by some of the Nikon models...
I guess Canon is focusing more on the video camera than still camera...
BTW, I just cancel my pre-order for EOS-M and ordered Sony Nex 6, the CMOS sensor (image quality) used in EOS M is not as good as Sony's previous generation Nex 5N.
"Price war"? There is no price war. Canon are making great products and selling them at reasonable prices, as are Nikon and Sony. None of them are set on being the ultimate price-cutters in some imaginary price war. People buy what meets their needs and preferences, and price is not the only factor. If price were the only factor, we would all buy the cheapest camera and nothing more.
The 5D3 and D600 are not exact matches for each other anyway (it never works that way). The 5D3 is built to professional specifications and offers great autofocus, an extended ISO range and variable raw file sizes — advantages for pros who shoot thousands of raw files in day. The D600 is prosumer — the Nikon press release emphasized over and over that it's for "enthusiasts".
Despite what some people say, camera prices are related to the resources that go into them. The camera business is more like the automobile business than the software business. If a camera is priced at $3.5K or $8K or $30K or whatever, it is not "just because they can" but because a heck of a lot of resources go into delivering a camera of that specification. When a camera is priced significantly lower, you can bet that fewer resources went into. (Of course, the lower-priced camera is often a better match for more people's needs and budgets.)
Want a Canon camera that's cheaper than the 5D3? Canon offers about seven
DSLRs that are cheaper than the 5D3. Or wait for the next Canon full-frame. New cameras and lenses are released every year. I don't see how people make decisions about one brand or another based on what is available this month
. If so, they must be changing brands every few months.