When I mention "tapping out" its in reference to choosing to bow out of that particular model competition. If the A1 is likely to be matched up with the R3, what will they do to compete against Canon's flagship?As long as Sony is selling their line at an acceptable clip, they won't tap out. What the heck is that supposed to mean anyway?
1. Companies never match each other feature for feature. They don't have to because the desires of consumers are not monolithic.
2. The company in the lead today isn't there perpetually, ever. There's always leapfrogging.
3. Personally, I am committed to Canon. I like the products. It is a fool's game for people to constantly worry that brand X or Y will surpass their chosen brand one way or another. Just shoot. Only complete fool's OR people with gobs of money switch systems everytime the "New Shiny" comes out.
"Companies never match each other feature for feature"... I'm just gonna disagree with this one outright, because I can pull review after review matching feature after feature. Just no need to entertain it. I will give you a little credit for the fact every manufacturer wants a differentiation and will general try to achieve that through a patented feature set, but those always seem to get copied still. That said, I didn't mention this and I'm not sure the point being made.
I agree with the leapfrog comment, no one last on top forever, but that fact doesn't stop any company from trying. But again... I never said either was on top. If anything the A1 is the best camera on the market so that would be Sony anyway.
I think you are missing my point. I simply mentioned Sony is gonna have to make a lot of changes to the line up. While I do think Canon will win the short term war, that wasn't the point. The point was simply to say how much Canon's recent line choices will affect its competitors for years to come.