Exactly, Mr. Jannard. I have no doubt that RED will be atop the industry for a long time. The entire design of the RED is built for the future, not just for the present. Most people in this industry believed that creating something as incredible as the RED for the price discussed would be literally impossible. In fact, most forums I checked a year to a year and a half ago said the creation of this camera would simply not be possible. Now, it has been proven it is possible, and you made it happen. There will still be many people even in this industry who cannot figure out how it was possible, and it will take them quite a while to catch up. It is not just a matter of shattering their technological dominance but their worldview itself. Their profit models are in disarray, and the world they knew is no longer the same. They can't release something for $100,000 now unless it's three times better than the RED, and they know it.
At first I thought maybe people wouldn't know of the RED, so I'd always kind of say, "Hey have you heard of the RED?" and everyone I've talked to in the industry says, "Yes," and when I say, "I have one on order and so does my friend," they are always excited. In fact the head of production at our film school said, "You do?! The school has not yet made a decision on the RED." That impacted my decision to quit the film school -- a lack of forward-looking philosophies, a dependence on past technologies (16 and 35mm film and Avid) rather than adoptation of new technologies that are destined to rule the industry.
I doubt very much that any other company will be able to compete with RED Digital Cinema for some time.
I suppose you could always say that some company should have come around by now and made Oakley-quality sunglasses for even cheaper than Oakley has. But I've been an avid Oakley supporter for 8 years now, and there are no better sunglasses. Period. It must not be that easy, after all, because anything cheaper is by far crappier.