7D image quality inferior to 550D?? What the...

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7D image quality inferior to 550D?? What the...

First it was Kai from digitelrev's comparison review of the two cameras that stated that the 550D IQ was a little sharper than that of the 7D, now I'm seeing it almost everywhere, including imaging resource's comparometer.

Does anyone know why exactly this is? Maybe something to do with the 18-135mm kit lens that comes with the 7D? Or possibly 7D internal noise reduction? I'm really confused why 7D image quality seems to be inferior to that of the entry level 550D. What are your thoughts on this?

I'm trying to decide whether I should save a grand and just go for the smaller, lighter 550D and spend the extra money saved on some good glass, or to get the faster and overall better build of the 7D. But pics like these are swaying me more towards the smaller brother.

Images straight from imaging-resource comparometer, showing high and low ISOs:

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