Little correction: the source contacted me again. Not prototypes are tested during 2014 World Cup in Brazil, but preproduction models undergoing last tests (in the field). I think it’s more about firmware fine-tuning or similar issues.
I have been told (thanks) that selected photographers will test
prototypes ofthe upcoming Canon EOS 7D replacement during the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brasil. The source (known to me) also told me that the EOS 7D replacement will be announced for Photokina 2014. Apparently Canon is going to announce a pro-grade APS-C camera, and wants to be sure to do everything right.
It is still not sure if the EOS 7D replacement will be called “EOS 7D Mark II”. According to my information it will not be named that way. The high-level video features rumored previously have been confirmed by the source. I still have no hints about the rumored hybrid viewfinder, though none of my source has ever told me that it will not be featured on Canon’s next APS-C flagship.
The EOS 7D (price & specs) has been announced in september 2009. If Canon announces the replacement for Photokina 2014, that would be 5 years after the 7D. A long time, and some people starts wondering if Canon will ever announce a new APS-C flagship. I think they will. Canon has the knowledge and the research facilities to produce a milestone APS-C camera. If only they want to do.
However, be aware that all the EOS 7D replacement rumors I and others reported so far are pretty vague, and sometimes contradicting. For me there is only one sure thing: Canon will announce a new APS-C flagship. Eventually.