- Where's the list of typical 1D users? You are guessing. The guys you list are not "typical". They are a tiny, tiny, tiny group of buyers.
- Where do I find anything that says a fully articulated touch screen would make the camera less reliable? Nowhere.
- "They don't see the value of things that might have value to them because they've never used them." Now that's true. And those features would not suddenly move them down the totem pole either, would it? No. Then, you say they have never used them? Then why the heck should anyone care about their opinion? I could do a BMW M5 review on youtube. Yet what would be the point. I've never used one. So my opinion would be worthless. Even my perceptions would be worthless. I guess I have got past the age where somebody's name being dropped impresses me.
1. It's not about pure numbers, it is about visibility and who influences others the most. The Kardashians are a "tiny, tiny, tiny group" of the 150+ million women in the U.S. But what they wear, how they stand when they are photographed (that ridiculous "chicken wing" pose), and whatever new catchphrase they come up with shows up in every high school, on every college campus, and in many places where large numbers of women under the age of about 35 can be found almost instantly after every episode.
2. NO ONE HERE IS ARGUING THAT A FULLY ARTICULATED SCREEN WOULD MAKE A CAMERA LESS RELIABLE. I'm merely observing that there is a perception
by many in the industry who put their cameras through the torture test day in and day out, including but certainly not limited to those who influence Canon's design decisions, that it would.
In the world of marketing, perception is reality.
3. Sometimes one gets the feeling that when new technology makes it much easier for a newbie to do something that took a lot of practice and patience to learn using the older tools, the old guard wishes the same struggles on the newcomers as what they had to go through. Again, I'm not saying it is correct, I'm just saying that is a perception.
"In my day we had to walk 20 miles to school in three feet of snow, uphill both ways. And we LIKED IT
Closely related: "If it ain't broke, don't fix it."