Mine took late June -> late September, also from B&H.
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This is really starting to get ridiculous, who needs a 1200 mm equivalent in a body that's impossible to hold still??
Superzoom compacts have moved away from usefulness to marketing gimmick IMHO.
Got one here to complement 5D3 and 60D. As Mt Spokane says, not very ergonomic but light, inconspicuous, pure fun. I use it 95% of the time at 1200mm handheld.
My girlfriend has a Panasonic Lumix FZ-50 which has a 12x zoom and 35 - 420 mm equivalent and is f/2.8 - f/3.7. It takes fabulous pictures given enough light, but so far the 420mm equivalent has been enough reach. What's lacking in this case is more wide angle, something that she's missing a lot. So we're actually looking at something new.
The FZ-200 looks great, 'only' 24x optical zoom (25-600mm equivalent) but it is full range F2.8!!! What's missing is the manual controls of the lens that the FZ-50 has. That really was/is a special superzoom camera.
According the Canon the EOS 70D's Dual Pixel CMOS AF system has the following key characteristics:
Usable phase detection AF area covers 80% of the frame horizontally and vertically
AF works at apertures down to F11
AF works in light levels as low as 0 EV
Can work with face detection to keep moving subjects in focus
It doesn't have to be less than the D7100 to compete with it- I'm guessing $1400 so it's "within reach" of the D7100 and can be kitted with a couple of lenses for under $1800.