Unless if you have been living in a cave, you would have known by now that Canon have announced the launch of the new EOS 50D yesterday. Rumours of this new camera have have spreading around the web in he last few weeks and a leak from the Canon China web-site last week have further proven the existence of the 50D. If you have not read much about this new camera, here is a list of sites for info.
6. Brutus Östling blog field testing (a Swedish site with Google translation)
From what I have read so far, the new 50D is likely to include major advance in imaging and sensor technology from Canon with better image quality at both low and high ISO settings. It is said to be at least 1 to 1.5 stops better than the 40D for high ISO noise, even though the sensor has a much higher resolution. The sensor is a new design with gapless microlenses. The first Canon DSLR to use this new generation sensor. It is also the first Canon DSLR to use the new Digic IV processor, which promises faster image processing and autofocus and also promises to improve high ISO noise reduction. Whether the new technologies will really transform into lower noise and better image quality will remain to be seen when the production camera bcomes available fo testing.
Other significant improvements that do not directly affect image quality include VGA resolution 3″ LCD display (whether the 50D display the low resolution thumbnail image during image review or high resolution image like Nikon D3 remains to be seen), improved antidust function, HDMI output, support for UDMA CF cards.
I have contacted my sources at Canon Hong Kong, but they don’t know the exact date of shipment yet and they also have no info on pricing in Hong Kong yet. The only preliminary estimate is that it may arrive in Hong Kong some time during mid to late Sept 2008. I look forward to get my hands on a new 50D when it arrives in Hong Kong and I will try to get an early review up like the 40D review I put up last year. No promise though!
It should also be well known by now that Canon will release at least 1 or 2 new full frame DSLR soon to replace the aging EOS 5D. The sources confirmed that at least one new model will be announced soon. I will seriously consider getting one of these new full frame DSLR depending on the final release specs and pricing.