18MP, APS-C sensor, 8fps, HD video, ISO 12800, 19 zone AF, 100% viewfinder - $1699
As widely rumored, Canon today announced a new DSLR, the EOS 7D. The major new features are:
Though the pixel count of the Canon EOS 7D (18MP) is the highest we've yet seen in a crop sensor camera from any manufacturer, Canon claim that the new sensor and microlens layout offers higher sensitivity and so we can hope that the noise level will be equal to (or possibly lower than) the 15MP EOS 50D.
Overall the Canon EOS 7D looks like a very interesting camera and certainly a step up from the very good EOS 50D. At $1000 less than the EOS 5D MkII it may attract a lot of users who want HD video capability but don't need a full frame sensor. With a frame rate of 8fps the EOS 7D may also find a home with sports and news photographers. Only the EOS 1D MkIII is faster (10 fps but only 10MP) and it costs $2000 more than the EOS 7D. If the performance of the new AF system is good, it may make an ideal camera for capturing fast action.
You can get notification of availability from Amazon.com or you can place a pre-order with ADORAMA for $1699 (free shipping) As usual I suspect that initial supply will be limited, so if you want one as soon as possible, get on the waiting list now!
The 7D is also available in a Kit with the EF 28-135/3.5-5.6 for $200 more ($1899.99). The kit is also available for pre-order from ADORAMA for $1899 (free shipping). Note that ADORAMA do not charge your credit card until the camera actually ships. Shipping is expected to start in late September or early October.
Here's the Canon Press Release: