the organ pipes are resonating with your reasoning quasimodo -- funny: I had typed "junior 1DX" in my previous epistle but then changed it to "5D3 features in a crop body with higher fps". If we accept the premise we have both noticed, then quite a logical conclusion is that 7D2 could very well be a page turner instead of a yawn. All the necessary R&D efforts can be leveraged from other bodies -- only the sensor is apparently changing. Moreover how "7D ish" is that -- to introduce a brand new sensor with such a body? it would make logical and poetic sense, at least to me lol lol. and don't forget that "mid level" price is, well, half way between Rebel and 1DX..... hmmm..... fingers on the calculator now.... yup thats higher than the 6D.
It should be a walk in the R&D park to borrow the 5D's AF and metering systems, drop into a dual DIGIC<something> architecture of the 7D, and call it something maybe even 7D2. The unanswered question is essentially how much crippling Canon will do in order to protect other FF bodies.
it will be most interesting to see which camp, the "wow camp" or the "cripple camp" does the snoopy dance when the 7D2 is introduced.
+ 1 also to ahsanford re: positioning and justification of a flagship APS-C body and continuation of the 7D isms that made the original a success.
LOL. and to Ahsanford. I never intended to say that it will be in a APS-H size.. I do not believe that. I believe that we just might see a killer 7D which will de facto make the demand for the APS-H non-existant..?