Im not bothered what Nikon does. I invested in Canon, love their products, think the new lens's are mind blowing so im staying put. As for the 7D, its still an excellent camera. I sold mine recently as i do sports and wildlife to stay with the 1D4 whilst prices stay up. Perhaps the new 7D and from a marketing perspective and there will be a new 7D, is pretty easy to see where it will be and what its specs will be. An autofocus as good as a 5D3 if not a touch faster, no pop up screen, a build same as the last one, functions pretty much the same, frame rate 8 to a possible 10 in essance a faster crop sensored 5D3. As for sensor performance, Canons latest are excellent and that tech will trickle down to the 7D. Low to mid 20 million ish pixels , better noise performance maybe a stop or two. That would bring it closer to a 1D4 performance not 5D3 as its to slow and doesnt have the reach I need. Im getting one when it breaks cover so i have aps-c-h and FF. All bases covered. As for performance, i shot a recent demo with a full frame, aps-h and aps-c. same time same place same lens. All are excellent but as the sensor size grows, you do see the quality increase but thats what id expect.