- 18 megapixels sensor
- Completely redesigned and customizable auto focus with 19 cross point sensors
- 8 frames per second image capture
- Built in flash commander
- In camera electronic level
- A new video system with many more options
My thoughts? I think there are a lot of serious amateurs and pros out there who were hoping Canon would release something nicer and with more features than the current 50D, but who did not want to move into a 1 series body. Even though I don’t see this as a camera that I will buy, I’m very excited about the improved auto-focus, the internal level, and the internal flash control. Canon will likely include these features in future camera releases.
I’ll be looking forward to see what the experts have to say about the image quality, especially at high ISO. Despite Canon marketing talking up the high ISO capabilities of the 50D when it was released, it turned out to be not so exciting in use. Now the 7D is released with the same size sensor, but with 3 million more pixels crammed into it, so I think it remains to be seen how real world performance will measure up.