In defense of the Canon 7d
Thinking I had short-changed my trusty 7d, I decided to try a shot using my tripod at the same ISO I had used for the ILC camera I was testings. The point of the test was to look at resolution and noise. As you can see, the exposure time was significantly greater than what I used with either the ILCs. In retrospect, this test is also flawed since I should have gone with f/4 or so to equalize things somewhat. But, as you can see from the 100% crop to the right, the 7d performed nicely. I used live view and manual focus.
My conclusion from all this is with careful attention to detail, the 7d ‘measures up’ to the newer cameras. And it does appear, at least in part, I was unintentionally testing the IS of the cameras. Well, I said it was unscientific. Still, it appears to be an argument for updating to an EVIL camera.