Your free to do what you want. I also don't doubt the sensor will get a new part number. Concurrently, I don't expect there to be any significant differences, just like the 18mp sensors. I think the downstream parts, the DIGIC 6 processors, have the potential to improve high ISO noise performance. By how much I don't know. It seems to do fairly well on the PowerShots that used it, but they never had really high ISO. Sure, we'll have to wait and see on that front. Quote for truth.
As far as any key sensor technology changes, if there are any, I suspect it's primarily DPAF. Canon did file for another patent after the 70D, which described a DPAF sensitivity improvement. Maybe the 7D II sensor gets DPAF pixels right out to the edges of the frame, and are able to still focus despite vignetting. That would improve the video features...but fundamentally, it's still the same sensor.
I'm looking for something specific. I'm looking for a major shift away from 500nm and to 180nm or smaller transistors. I'm looking for the ADC units to be moved out of the DIGIC processor and onto the sensor itself. I'm looking for the ADC's to become column-parallel (I know Canon has a patent for that, a Dual Scale CP-ADC patent). I'm looking for the employment of a couple other Canon patents that aim to reduce noise directly within the sensor hardware.
The fact that the 7D II is going to use DIGIC 6, which has been designed and still includes the ADC, tells me these things haven't happened. If they haven't happened...well, it's not the kind of sensor technology I'm looking for from Canon. I KNOW they have the technology. They have to have had the technology since the 9.5fps 120mp APS-H...they couldn't read such a large sensor out fast enough without hyperparallelism of the ADC, and their press releases even said that they moved "image processing" on-die and made it extremely parallel. Canon has the technology...they just aren't using it. They are staying the course...which is what Canon does.
So, sorry, but for me, the evidence is clear enough. Nothing has really changed.
I've been following Camera/Imaging news on sites like PetaPixel, DPreview, Photozone and various other site for years. We all know Canon has the technology and a whole library of patents but they are holding all of it back because they want to milk as much profit as they can while their own technology still sells. It's a brilliant business decision, but from the consumer point of view this is downright disgusting.
I hold the same sentiment as you Jrista
I want Canon to improve on it's sensors. I want real innovation. I want them to go beyond faster FPS. I want better DR, I want lesser banding and noise at low ISO. They can improve all that but YET they chose to milk the old cow
as much as they can.
I am a Canon fanboy. But I'm in college and unlike you I've not invested 30~40 grands on Canon lenses.
I like Canon, I prefer Canon over many other camera brands. (if they continue to do this for the next decade, I will definitely jump to other brands, albeit reluctantly. I mean just look at how much detailed can be recovered from D800's shadows vs that of the 5D3)
But like you, I'm highly disappointed.
And to the rest of you:
Yes, Still Image Quality has improved leaps and bounds since the first digital 35mm camera.
Yes. Still Image Quality is Good Enough
for daily uses be it for Web or for Prints
Yes. Don't blame the camera for lousy shots.
Yes. Become a better photographer by practicing more.
But why stop there? An improved sensor will magnified and amplify your efforts. A better sensor = Real progress
, both on the technological and Imaging front.
Milking the old cow for as much as you can for as long as possible is one of the downside of this capitalism driven world. I guess there's nothing we can really do other than rant about it here.