Kaso: "It finds itself in the same class as the Canon EOS 7D Mark II, Pentax K-3, and Sony SLT-A77 II DSLRs as well as the Fujifilm X-T1, Olympus OM-D E-M5 II, Samsung NX1, and Sony Alpha 7 II mirrorless cameras."
The Sony Alpha 7 II is a full-frame mirrorless camera. How can it be in the same class as the Nikon D7200? Maybe you should have added the Nikon D610, the Nikon D750 and the Sony Alpha 6000 to the "class" to make it more interesting and... crowded?
Oops. Mea culpa.
Only thing I can think of is that when you're at the top of the APS-C class, if you're looking at DSLR alternatives and something mirrorless you're either going m43 or full frame, and the A7 II is more of an upgrade and a bridge closer to the D7200 price wise. But if mirrorless is a contender, then why not the Sony A6000 as well? I think if nothing else, it's clear DPR thinks many are going to buy or migrate to the smaller mirrorless bodies.
Well, you quoted it properly, but you (and apparently others) read it wrong. "Sony SLT-A77 II DSLR"... not A7 II, completely different cameras. A77 II is Sony's current top of the line APS-C DSLR.
Serious Sam: Now can we have our 7D2 VS A77ii performance test??
People who easily dismiss the new EVF technology I honestly think have their perceptions set in from back in 2003 when they first saw EVFs in a "semi-serious" camera and (rightfully) sneered. These are great now, and getting better every time, bearing no resemblance at all to ones you're accustomed to seeing. When you shoot one, it's jarring and uncomfortable at first because there's so much feedback and data you're just not used to, pre shot. You really have to stick with it for a week or so to see what you've been missing. It changes your flow but not in a bad way, gives you more tools in your hand for perfecting that next shot, that's a whole separate thread in itself. It's a beautiful, liberating, growing experience coming from OVF. This is coming from someone who loved my OVF and thought I'd never like an EVF, either.
Whenever people ask me "doesn't the EVF suck?", I tell them not only does it not suck, it's actually great. This isn't your Dad's EVF; but your OVF might be!
I'm guessing Canon's aim is to sell lots of cameras. The small body targets those who want a 'real' SLR but wish it wasn't so big, as well as gives the option to the curious to try something smaller and more NEX/m43-like without losing the whole lens investment in the process. This is a demographic they haven't gone after yet so there's potentially money to be made. Absent any sensor or feature evolution it's probably the best they can do for now.