Tons of information coming in about possibly the most anticipated camera of 2012 (sorry Nikon).
Announcement date of February 28, 2012?
I have received lots of emails saying that'll be the announcement date. I cannot confirm it to 100% certainty, so for now it's just a guess.
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.
Late March or early April is the mentioned ship times for the camera. If this is true, there should be real solid leaks coming soon.
Where's my megapixels?
A lot of people are wondering why 22mp is it, especially after Nikon announced their 36mp D800 last week. Canon's Masaya Maeda had some interesting things to say about a large megapixel body.
…Regarding how Canon responds to the competition from Nikon's D800 and the concern of the successor of 5D Mark II, Maeda indicates that although he cannot leak information about un-announced product, the way Canon develops new product is to satisfy the needs of professional photographers. For instance, the introduction of EOS-1D X is to satisfy professional photographers to photoshoot sports events like the Olympics, in terms of their requirement of high FPS and high image quality under high ISO settings. If Canon thinks the market wants the high resolution models such as the 30+ MP of Nikon's D800, they can easily develop such products…
The bolded part of the above quote basically translates to, “we have one, give us a bit to tear a D800 apart and make sure ours is better”.
I still want a 5D2!
There has also been a few suggestions that the 5D Mark II could remain current, even after a perceived replacement is announced.