It seems like there are a few things that get introduced as a sort of gimick on an otherwise run of the mill dSLR, and eventually becomes an industry standard. When I was considering my first dSLR, I remember seeing a few features like anti-dust and optical stabilization that peaked my interest in the off-brand dSLR's. Features that are bound to become industry standards (atleast start showing up on the consumer model Nikons and Canons): -Anti-dust sensors -In camera optical stabilization -Full frame sensors Some things I think get omitted by manufacturers (like weather sealing, magnesium bodies, etc.) to maintain sales of their higher end models. I also think the Megapixel race is slowing down, and companies will start focusing on different areas. For example, Nikon's new high ISO's. I'm sure the next five to ten years will yield some interesting technology.