Canon is about to release a new DSLR: the Canon EOS 7D if images leaked on a Chinese forum are to be believed.

The latest in a recent spat of rumours surrounding the launch of a new high-end digital SLR from Canon sees images and a spec sheet making an appearance.

Although the company failed to mention the 7D at its recent product showcase in London in August, the new camera is expected to pack an 18-megapixel sensor, a dual DIGIC 4 image processor and a stack of other goodies aimed at persuading photographer to either go Canon or stick with it.

Like other models recently announced by the Japanese company, it looks like, if true, Canon has ditched the megapixel race, instead optioning for better low-light performance.

The full feature list is supposedly:

- 18 megapixels
- Dual DIGIC 4 imaging processors, 14-bit A/D signal conversion
- 8 FPS (94 Large/Fine JPEGS or 15 RAW)
- 19 points cross type AF sensors. Eight-directional double cross central AF point
- ISO 100-6400, extends to 12800
- 100% coverage, 1.0x optical viewfinder with intelligent display, with electronic horizon line.
- 3.0" LCD, 920,000 dot resolution, 160 degree viewing angle
- New iFCL meter system using high contrast and color detection (63-zone)
- Newly-designed streamlined body, metallic shutter sound, shutter lifespan approx. 150,000 times
- HD movie, HDMI out, external mic input
- EOS Integrated Dust Removal system
- Live view with Face-priority AF
- Auto Lighting Optimizer
- Auto correction of lens peripheral illumination (vignetting)
- New switch for Live View/Video mode
- New 24mm wide-angle built-in flash supporting EOS E-TTL II

We will keep you posted.