updated 06:45 pm EDT, Thu April 29, 2010
Leak shows Canon finally near 50D replacement
Canon's long-expected EOS 50D replacement may finally be close to a launch if a rumor from a historically reliable source is true. The tip said on Wednesday that the camera, informally known as the 60D, would have an 18-megapixel CMOS sensor. It should also have unique feature that doesn't exist on any other Canon DSLR, but whether this would be GPS geotagging or another camera isn't known.
Also, whether the sensor would have light sensitivity closer to the Rebel T2i or the EOS 7D wasn't mentioned by the Canon Rumors insider. The autofocusing system may also be a critical feature, as it could determine whether the camera is close to the 8 frames per second of the 7D or the slower 3.7 frames per second of the cheaper Rebel T2i.
Regardless of its exact feature set, the 60D is already supposed to be in final testing and on the verge of its production run, which could put its launch in the summer or early fall. The Photokina expo, a common venue for major camera releases, isn't slated to start until late September and may be too far away depending on Canon's goals.