Canon fu---ing lost around 18MP, saying this is a brand new technology. sick of u.
didn't they know about 3200???
For most entry level users I think they've taken the correct route, FF DSLR's like the D800/5D mk3 are one thing as most buyers there are going to be willing to invest in quality lenses but 90% of entry level users stick with either kit zooms or superzooms. Those lenses(and indeed many more expensive ones) simpley arent going to make the most of 24 MP while the extras on the 650D(better AF, higher FPS, better viewfinder) are going to be a bonus to pretty much any users even if they don't shoot video or care about the touch screen.
Personally the impression I'm getting from the 650D is that its partly a response to the mirrorless market looking to emphasize the advantages of DSLR's with the better AF and VF.
If Canon introduce there own mirrorless as rumoured I'd guess its going to be positioned below the 650D as the entry level to large sensor cameras.