Not sure what you meant by gain a proper rear wheel and joystick? The 7D is already equipped with these fine options!
Or we're you talking about relative to the 70D?
Loose the pop up flash hell I hope not I use mine almost exclusively to drive my 550EX remotely, in fact I feel for you guys with much more expensive FF cameras that require you to purchase an extra quite expensive unit to do this!
I don't want to sound cynical, but I hope the 7DII isn't just a 70D with the 'top end' ergonomics, just as the xxD line had up until the 60 and 70D combined a rebel interface with the larger body.
A little faster, gain a proper rear wheel + joystick, maybe lose the pop up flash.....
Hi Valvebounce: you're right, my wording was ambiguous ! I meant from the xxD line. Once the 7D was introduced Canon 'dumbed down' the control interface of the 60D from the 50D. When they did the same control layout on the 70D is was a sure sign that there would be a 7DII of some sort, otherwise there would be no new crop camera design with the 'full' EOS interface. So the slot is there for a top end crop camera to sit above the 70D and (just) below the 6D price wise.
Regarding the pop up flash, I just wonder if Canon may produce their flagship crop body without one as a marketing differentiation between the 'professional' and 'enthusiast' bodies. Personally I hope it doesn't have one. The pop up flash on my Nikon D200 in 2005 lasted all of a week before it managed to get snapped off !
I think we can guess virtually everything else about the 7DII - with the exception of the sensor. The fact that they have taken so long to produce a replacement, despite the fact that the marketing 'slot' is there, makes me think the delay has been caused by the sensor.
Whether it will use 'new' processing technology aka the Sony Exmor I don't know, nor do I really care; the sensors in the latest FF camera are simply remarkable for practical photography. If the crop sensor in the 7DII can come close to those then I would be interested in one.