As I implied above, I think there is much more to the DSLR v P&S market segmentation than any one thing. Film-based P&S had very little shutter lag, had FF or APS sensors (35mm or APS film), etc., and SLRs have had fully auto modes for years. Higher quality images have always been the SLRs advantage over P&S and it comes from many factors. In the film days, it was higher quality and faster lenses. And, for those that wanted, full control. In the digital world, those remain with the addition of larger sensors and faster camera performance (e.g. shutter lag). Sure, some of the DSLR market is driven by status, just as there are people moving back from DSLRs to P&S due to convenience. I don't see the DSLR market going away any time soon.