The camera market we're on about isn't aimed at phone cameras it's enthusiast based be it as a hobby or semi/full paid work all get lumped into the category where they will buy products of this type and the associated extras that come with them aka lenses flashes etc. Average Joe is probably happy with snapping away on his iPhone or other phone camera device. There are limitations to that namely the short focal lenghts..for most doing facebook and things like that it's probably what they want.
I would hardly describe Canikon as going out of business by any stretch of the imagination, even the most ardent Sony fan would be a bit optimistic to think that. Perhaps Sony have found something no doubt their profits are boosted by the outrageous RX range prices and E mount lens costs fair play to them if that's the case you can buy what you like
Going back to classiccameras I was using the film 7's and 5d's today and just pondered why I like those cameras as much as I do dated tech that they are. 7 is a platinum jewel for handling and is stuffed with (useful) features I find very handy thinking outside the box and not gimmicks useful stuff people might actually use. 5d was a cut down 7d yet retained the most important bits which reminded me why I bought it and not a Nikon D50 at the time (back then I had very little A mount stuff just a few lenses would have made no difference if I bought into another system). The 5d spanked the 50d red raw it had Anti Shake, MLU, a better larger viewfinder, wireless flash, DOF preview. The Nikon had none of those hence it got put back on the shelf. Those are things I use and often..5d wasn't perfect bracketing range limited but it's a solid beast and has held up to years of use. I bought it for those reasons.
With Sony they seem have had very mixed ideas on their cameras the A200 wasn't bad..my MLU tests sent DPR forum users into a rage my solution was simply to not use the camera for macro shots or longer range slow shutter speeds. It would have made more sense to have just included the mirror lock up. Despite those grumbles the A200 was pretty good at the time I eventually sold it as I used the 5d's more and didn't have to menu dive for flash exp compensation. Bar the A700 things were very wobbly for the entry range they cut them down even more then bizarrely aimed them at female users complete with girl grips and I think a matching bag at one point (sigh). Mid range went AWOL too A5XX series didn't really have 5 series stuff you know stupid things like MLU ie bits you might want to actually have. Some liked the A900 for it's day again hit and miss on the model range
SLT isn't my cup of tea I only use them as changing system is too expensive I can get by it's taken years or teeth grinding to get there. A57 was pretty good it seemed to keep most of the important stuff and came into a price range that was pretty acceptable so I bought one. A77 was on clear out I think I got the lowest price by a big margin £599 worth it for that I'd not have paid £1100 for one when they first came along..
There are hints Sony might actually be getting it, they've managed to make the A77 grip fit not only the A77II but the A99II as well shocking. The line up is a bit limited only 3 models there is room for another 1/2 which we probably won't see. It seems I'm not alone saying I use GPS and the AF assist..these are features a lower priced camera well if they are not there I can overlook that it's one reason I've not rushed out to buy an A77II even though there are other areas I might find appealing.
I wouldn't call this a rant but a longer term Alpha user saying similar things...https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H9p40JPLziw
There is still room for Sony to listen it's not really acceptable to say well they're doing well so let's just ignore what people are asking for. That helps nobody