In case you guys are interested, the Canon USA website now lists "Powershots" and now "EOS cameras" instead of "DSLR cameras"
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Eighteen megapickles is really a great size.I think one megapickle is more than enough.
Why 18? Well, apparently the folks at Canon take the Boss seriously. "18 till I die"...
Makes sense to me. I have been 18 for over 3 decades
Thanks for the analysis, Neuro. I'm glad that Canon doesn't seem to be following Sony in continuing the MP race...
There are two 'flavors' of the 18 MP APS-C sensor. The first was launched in the 7D, and re-used in the T2i/550D, 60D, and T3i/600D. That sensor was modified (or redesigned, if you prefer) for the T4i/650D - multiple clusters of photosites dedicated to phase detect AF directly on the CMOS image sensor were added. In the 650D, they provide phase AF during video shooting. It's that latter, 'new' (sort of) 18 MP sensor that I presume is being used in the EOS M, allowing it to feature phase detect AF without a reflex mirror, instead of only contrast detect AF.
I'd almost go so far to say that this reworked 18 MP sensor was mainly intended for the new mirrorless body (since fast AF is desirable), and also used in the T4i (although the dSLR launched first).
I have no idea what the price will be - Canon's been fairly high lately though. I would like it if the price is competitive but would not be surprised if its released at over a grand u.s.d. (including glass).
Keep the 70-200: better IQ and versatility. You could always add the 1.4x later to get close at 280 f/5.6.
The only reason I use filters is to protect my lens from other things that can break it.
In the summer I shoot with high quality UV filters on and I don't notice a negative impact at all. There's more glass in an IS stabilized lens afterall with no degradation of IQ.