I find unlikely that the new crops will have a different sensor since in the past 550D, 600D, 60D and 7D all shared the same sensor. We should wait for a review to see how this new sensor performs.
thats true, and new sensors first appear in xxxD frequently, sometimes in xxD, and of course the 18MP sensor appeared in the 7D first before propgating out to the other crops. But in all cases the "new" sensor propogated out to the other crops. So in that sense I agree with you here, that if this truly is a new technology cycle, and higher ISO performing sensor, it will certainly appear in the 70D and even the 7D2 if it stays a 1.6.
But -- I'm just not yet convinced that this 18MP "new" sensor is actually new. Absent are statements such as "new, low-noise", or other magical terms, which I would have expected -- not just a spec list of ISO ranges, which to me sounds more like they slapped Digic 5 on top of the 7D sensor. To be sure, we'll have to wait a few days for the field testers to really discover its ISO performance. I worry that Canon took the same, tired old 18MP Sensor, re-fabbed it for phase detection AF, but made no real step forward in the technology cycle, i.e. ISO performance. I certainly hope I'm wrong; just being pessimistic.
what am I missing here (besides DxO telling us it sucks)?
BTW, ISO 3200 on a crop is way too much for the actual technology. Give me a fully usable ISO 1600 and I'm happy.
+1 on fully usable 1600. From what I've seen, 7D is a measureable improvement over the 40D, for example, but it doesn't make you do the hokey pokey , imho:-D. Digic 5 may make additional incremental (if marginal) improvments -- but what we really need is a game changer at 1600 and for that I think we will need a new sensor technology cycle or APS-H, not a re-worked version of the old 18.