Rob Galbraith, "Going forward, the EOS-1D X will be the only 1-series camera the company makes"
Looks like 18MP is all we are going to get out of Canon in a pro camera?
Indeed, that's what I read in the various statements. It might for sure be seen by some photographers as a reduced focus on high end, but there might be more to it than just numbers on a spec sheet. As mentioned in other threads, the performance of a camera has to be measured and the 1DX could be a very good performer. Considering the time it took to come up with this new sensor, we should expect at least 13+ stops of DR and very clean ISO 25600.
Globally though, some guys must be laughing out loud in the Nikon HQ, because it very much looks like Canon is following all the trends they defined with the D3/D3s/D700.
Right now, the Canon users needing higher resolution in a single frame from a tough/splashproof body might be a bit concerned. However, my bet is that Canon did also copy the spec sheet of the D700 when they designed the 5DIII.
If the Nikon rumors have to be believed, Nikon would also continue in the same direction with a 18MP D4 and a 36MP D800. Then everything will be at peace again between these 2 best enemies in the world.