Given the potential customer base of those moving from other APS-C models I reckon
It will have
... the interesting question and imho more worth speculating about: What will it *not* have other than no ff sensor?
Knowing Canon, they will take great care not to deliver a "mini 1dx" at 1/3 of the price that even works better for wildlife in good light because of the gain in reach. Will they cripple the fw? Will the video have moire? Way less sealing? Will it have touch-amateur usability?
Your guess: (insert here)
They won't have to nerf it much as it is a different class of camera. Compared to the 1DX, the 7D2 won't have:
- As high a burst rate
- As good low-light performance
- As good build quailty and weather sealing
- An integral grip
- Spot metering at any AF point
Marsu, the first one is probably the only deliberate nerfing they will do, and the second is an APS-C reality that can't be too critical of. The rest is par for the course for a non-1-series body -- and I don't think 7D users should have expected to get something 1DX-like for those items anyway.
But that's like comparing a Corvette to a Ferrari. Both are pretty fun to drive, I'd wager. The 7D2 should be a state of the art APS-C rig and offer the great new sensor that will be blown down the XXD and Rebel lines for the next few years.
I think a crop 5D3 (or 'action-oriented' 5D3) is far more likely than a crop-sized 1DX. Other than on the video side of things (which I never use), I'd expect the 7D2 and 5D3 size/build/menus/ergonomics/etc. to be very very very very very similar. That's a great thing -- as a 5D3 owner, if I got more into shooting sports and wildlife, I'd pick up a 7D2 for more reach, framerate, etc. in a heartbeat if I had the confidence it was similarly well built and as intuitively designed as my 5D3.
One of the possible specs from last year indicated the 7D II (or whatever it's called) might have a 12fps burst rate. It would be cool if true, but 10 fps would also be cool.
As to form factor, it might be a hybrid. It might be like a EOS 3-- 1 series controls but with a removable grip..or it might be like a mini-1DX or it might be like a 5D3. Any of those options are fine with me.
Why would it be called anything but 7d2??