Paul B Jones: Looks like a great camera and bodes well for the 7D update, but hey, I'm sure the grumpy folks can still find something to be upset about.
I'm somewhat surprised that the new focusing system didn't come out first on a mirrorless camera, like the EOS-M, since many DSLR owners won't use it much, given the presence of the optical viewfinder.
From my perspective, however, the 70D is a very attractive camera, that includes some things, like micro AF adjust, that should have been included on the 60D.
With regard to the images posted on the Japanese website that are mentioned above, the photo of the sax player taken at ISO 3200 shows very nice noise control The image taken at 1600 of butterflies against a blue sky is also quite good at relatively small image sizes, though on close inspection at full magnification, the blue tone of the sky shows quite a bit of pattern noise.
Still having left Canon several years ago, after having been disappointed by the high ISO performance of my 50D, the 70D doesn't really give me a reason to get rid of my Pentax K-5, given the way I use my camera.
Ybor: Canon has won this battle for several models now. Both would seem to have a very specific audience now as larger sized sensor cameras can be purchased for the same, or less than either. For example, NX210 is priced at $439 or less with 18-55 sharp lens (even if slower than G15's). No contest.
Having said that, I would buy either at $299.
I'm concerned that the review only covers Nikon and Canon contenders for this niche. How about Olympus, Pentax, Sony, Panasonic - are they all inferior? And, I'm frustrated that these cameras are still no better for casual snapshots of children and other moving objects, because of their long shutter delays. Until this issue is addressed, my DSLR must remain my go to camera.