Information from Japanese Canon fan girls, who are working @Canon:
Information about the successor of the 7D and the 5DIII are under total NDA. And total means total. There is just an small circle of engeneers and managers who know all of these Cameras. Others are just working on fragments of this Cameras to avoid leaks. If anyone says, he knows details on these products, he is not telling the truth.
In earlier times print jobs for tranportation and manuals were given to the printeries weeks before announcement. This time, there ist still just printing time reservated. No files have been sent to them (status from 08/12).
Canon is still thinking that they do not have to produce the best and most innovative products in the low and mid price segments. Sales figures show that the market analysts are right. Canon is still the best power seller on the market. And the analysts know that in future time, the market wil not grow and other brands are coming in. Sony will be very active, maybe an 5DIII and 1DX mirrorless competitor is coming in the near future.
The slow reaction on the D7100 and the still "no reaction" on the excellent D800/810 is well calculated. No need to hurry, Canon products are still sold well. There are not many persons switching to Nikon, because the majority of Canonians will not be able to spend a lot of money on new expensive lenses. The average Canon customer will be satisfied by new Canon products, even if other brands will produce superior products.
And the rumored prices of the 7D successor are just rumors. Some Canon fans in Japan think that there will be an hefty price increase on Canon products on coming products. Analysts say, that customers are willed to pay the increase. The increasing number of tests and scores, where Canon products are often just a few points /percents better than e.g. third party lenses, will prompt the average (and scores fixed) Canon fan to buy this "bettert product".
If you can see that in their pictures? I do not know.
This sounds like a Canon user's worst conspiracy theory nightmare---and I doubt it's true. Why have such an ironclad NDA if the product isn't pushing boundaries? In addition, if Canon was just planning to "keep pushing inferior product because the cattle will keep buying it," why develop new technologies like DPAF, that have no real equivalent in other companies? If it was true, the 70D would have had a conventional sensor--probably based on the existing 18MP sensors that have been the buttered bread of the Rebel line for the last 5 years! Like most myths, this takes a certain element of truth--Canon has milked the same sensor tech with moderate improvements for the Rebel line for 5 years--and extends it past the breaking point. I don't think the 7D2 will be a conservative design--it's true we don't know for sure what it will be yet, but I think it unlikely it will be a "warmed over" 70D. And if it is, it will not succeed, especially if it's priced north of $2,000.
Another salient point, the camera must be a LONG way out from delivery if they haven't already started printing brochures, manuals and boxes! That material doesn't just spring into being in the many thousands of copies needed overnight!
My (extinct Canadian) two cents worth anyway!
Note, I'm not trashing you Daniela--I just don't think the source of this rumour is reliable.
Well, as I wrote some postings before, Japanese Canon Fangirls do not know it either. But many of them think that this content could be true.
On the other hand, maybe, they just raise the pressure on Canon. The Japanese are not thinking like we do. Japan is another world, everybody who has worked there will has realized that there is still much fear to "looses your face" and in many companies it is an question of honor to meet the feud glove.
Canon is doing a lot of research, more than other companies. But there is an strict plan, which fundamental improvement or invention is put into which class of camera or lens. And most of them are for the upper segment. In my opinion further research and development on the 70Ds AF system will be built in > 5DIV Cameras, when it will work perfectly. My 70D produces - in my personal feeling - as many unsharp pictures as my old 7D. But when it will be improved, this AF will be a great feature.
@ printing job: It is a question of work preparation. If the cardboards are punched and prefabricated, the job could be done in a few weeks.
I think Canon will first deliver the Cams to professional Canon dealers, like done with the 70D. So, the mass of the Cams will be delivered a bit later