Regarding the argument of 22MP not being enough to replace the 7D - because a 1.6x crop would not give enough pixels - Canon will probably argue that users should use a 1.4x TC to get the extra reach. - I am not saying this will get the results people are looking for - just that that is what I would expect Canon to argue.
Canon (at least their workshop guys) HAVE argued this, but as Birdfollower says, it doesn't make sense. Luckily the latest rumors seem to indicate Canon is having a hard rethink about this one.
All the same specs are coming in. 22mp, 61pt af, 6.9fps. It could definitely take the spot of the 7D, if the previous rumor is true.
For some users, but you know the price will be higher and so there is really no correspondence here. The 7D still has a place. I just hope (looking at an earlier rumor) that Canon understands the need for a professional crop body. I feel vaguely betrayed that CR Guy isn't on board with this one, pushing for things that crop sensor users would like at a reasonable price. A full frame camera won't do it, on price concerns alone.
God help Canon if they announce a crop 7D MkII in Feb. No amount of focus points or FPS will save them from the wrath of the 5Dx hordes... (myself included)
What do you care about our crop bodies? And what if Canon releases a 5D X camera at the same time? That shouldn't mean anything to you, if you're set on a full frame body.
With the release of the D800, Nikon still haven't produced anything to match the 5D2.
Strictly speaking, isn't this true? If the D800 launches at a medium to high four figures, the 5D II still is fine in its segment.
Also, somebody earlier said that the "initial reports" said the D800's detail was stunning. I'm seeing it varying from picture to picture - maybe the guy who did the French library interiors for Nikon was having trouble, though; the other samples look great.