It IS a NEW sensor. Canon reports it consumes less power than the old 18MP sensor (not to mention the hybrid AF). It is NEW.
"The same number of pixels in the EOS Kiss X5, has developed a new image quality and also to enhance performance. Support high-speed readout of 5 fps / up to about, and has realized the imaging plane phase difference AF (hybrid CMOS AF), and further power saving."
Well, the above could be describing the camera itself as having new image quality and further power saving, both of which can be acheived with Digic 5. imho, without a pre-concieved conclusion here, the English gramatical structure produced by google translate cannot be trusted to provide direct evidence that we have a new technology cycle of the sensor itself, bringing new levels of ISO performance. Lets hope for the best, but lets not start doing the hokey pokey until we have real performance data
By NEW do you all mistakenly mean DIFFERENT?
Besides, Digic 5 is VASTLY more important than pixel count, vastly.
no one will argue that. Digic 5 on top of the old, tired 18mp sensor currently used in the 7D will provide better IQ. Again, what is conspicuously missing from these communications is a direct statement indicating a new technology life cycle with regards to the ISO performance of the sensor itself. Most of us want what you have concluded has already happened -- no increase in MP with a improvment in ISO and IQ of the sensor itself. I'm just withholding judgement until I see better evidence.