Erik, being creative or open minded has nothing to do with 4k video. I have no problems with video being offered, but it's not a high priority for most "photographers" because erm well we shoot still images and not moving images
Are you suggesting those of us who are not that interested in video are not creative or open minded?
Just because I drive a car, doesn't mean I'm that interested in 4x4 vehicles on off road conditions.
4k is just another attempt to wrangle more cash out of TV and capture device sales it's really not in demand at the moment. If we've learnt anything from 3D TV's it's that consumers don't always want what makers have on offer, that crashed and burned fairly quickly if I say so.
Reality is in recent times the consumer market has fallen rapidly in many areas. Is it any wonder that the camera industry is also in decline?
No it's not, the market was overinflated for some time and the bubble had to burst at some point.http://www.eoshd.com/content/11409/consumer-dslrs-dead-5-years
The article above raises some valid points, but it's misinformed and no punches pulled missing the point entirely.
- The camera market is down across the board, DSLR's, CSC's, compacts..
- Smartphones might hit compact sales but they're chalk and cheese to DSLR buyers really not even remotely responsible for sales declines here
The points made about satisfaction with current gear/models is reasonable
It's far to early and ill advised to suggest the A7 is a nail in Canon's coffin
Sony have tried some new interesting things, but they also show a lack of understanding as well. The QX shows a lack of grasp about how people want to take photos with smart phones and entirely misses the point. The RX10 is interesting but priced at a point where it's guaranteed to fail.
Canon are not the fall guy here, for one obvious reason..they have a diverse broad business it's not just "cameras". Nikon are more vulnerable here as it makes up far more of the company overall. Both Panasonic and Sony have serious issues in the consumer electronics industry, both makers in severe decline for over a decade. Olympus has serious financial problems too. One model isn't going to boost Sony to defeat the mighty Canon. There are lots of poorly informed articles around at the moment proudly declaring mirror less as the winner.
As said ILC sales declined even more than DSLR sales so how that makes it the way forward is a complete mystery.
We will have less makers, less models, longer upgrade paths, and cheaper prices. That's great for all of us too much stuff out there and something has to give.