As some will know, Sigma came up with a 15MP SD1 and priced it at US9,700 MSRP. Sigma's intention is to price this as a medium format and target it at customers who are only using it for stills such as studio/fashion, etc. So it is a pure money making camera for professionals. Now many will agree that the Foveon will be equals to 30MP in bayer sensor design. The next cameras that comes out from Canon, Nikon, Sony and the likes will most likely also be in the same megapixel. They may take a look at Sigma's pricing model and decide that they too may not want to cater to the masses for profits. Afterall, it is better for them to reduce production and yet keep to the same profit margin. This is especially helpful at a time like this when supply chains for components are limited. This in turn may be better for the professional photography community whom will see less amateurs who are able to keep up with the megapixel race. The rest of the amateurs will gawk at the prices of these new expensive gears and only a few cash rich will venture there. To the camera makers, this is a good opportunity to once again tighten on supply of pro-consumer bodies and sell one for the profit of three.
So do you think the other manufacturers will start pricing their next 30MP DSLR in prices only seen during the early days of DSLR. What if the next 30MP 5D MkIII is priced at S$7k and the 1DsMkIV at S$15k? Will you still want to buy it?
And secondly, if the pricing for new camera bodies are going to cost so much, how long do you think these kind of pricing will sustain before the prices will fall back to those of today that everyone can afford to own one.