I think camera manufacturer's need to get a grip on themselves. $700.00 for any camera with a tiny sensor is ridiculous. They're good outdoors with plenty of light and that's about all. Image quality isn't any better than cameras, with a long zoom from several years ago, that cost about half the price.
" Meanwhile, the economic downturn has made the less-expensive mirrorless cameras a more appealing purchase for those who think that a cell phone is insufficient."
Not sure I agree with this statement. Naturally, some entry level mirrorless cameras are less expensive than some entry level DSLRs but, generally speaking, mirrorless doesn't seem less expensive.
Mirrorless lenses, for brands like Sony, are more expensive than equivalent DSLR lenses so when you talk about a camera system, mirrorless can easily exceed the price of a good DSLR.
Wow! What is Nikon thinking?
I know I'm just repeating what others have said but $1100.00 for a fixed 28 mm 2.8 lens just isn't going to be a big seller.