The H-sensor is dead. It's an anachronism. It existed because there wasn't enough horsepower under the hood to drive a full-frame sports camera.
Well said, Smirkypants. Although I would add, it also existed because at the time the quality gap between APS-C and Full Frame was greater than it is today. That gap is narrowing with each new generation and will continue to narrow in the future.
It's logical and reasonable to expect that each new generation of APS-C sensor will be equivalent to the previous generation of full frame sensor.
What I want and expect from next generation of 7D is very simple:
- 18-21 mp sensor with image quality equivalent to the current generation 5D MkII sensor (noise, ISO, dynamic range, etc)
- Improved auto-focus (something a little better than current 7D but don't expect it to be 1D-X quality)
- Fixing the overheating issue with the on-camera flash when used as a IR trigger.
- A few other little tweaks to make it interesting.
I just don't get why people can't accept what Canon has said and done and just move on.
If Canon had any intention of keeping the APS-H sensor alive, they would not have announced the 1D-X as a replacement for both the full frame and APS-H sensor cameras. The 1D MkIV is barely two years old. There was no need for Canon to announce they were ending the series if they had any thoughts of keeping it alive.
Actually, I'm pretty excited about the prospect that Canon may be planning the next 7D announcement for Photokina. That says to me they want to make a big splash with the new 7D, so I suspect they may have some good stuff up their sleeve.
A gripped, bomb-proof 7D-X perhaps for professional sports and wildlife shooters? (Keeping the non-gripped version as a 7DII)
On the other hand, I fully expect the 5D MkIII, if announced sometime this Spring, will be an incremental upgrade. The MkII is a great camera and I expect Canon will figure they don't need to mess too much with success. They can up the megapixels a little and upgrade the sensor's noise and dynamic range slightly, fix some of the issues that videographers have with the camera and call it good.
...if you ever do decide to move up to a FF
I'm kind of tired and bored with the "move up" stuff. APS-C and Full Frame are two different formats. Each has advantages and disadvantages. It's like suggesting that Cartier-Bresson needed to "move up" to an 8x10 view camera.