While previous rumors pointed a March announcement of the Canon 70D, the new Rebel T5i and Rebel SL1 will apparently stand alone as the March Canon announcements. New rumors, however, point to an April announcement for the Canon 70D.
Previous rumors suggested that the Canon 70D would feature a 24MP APS-C sensor and a build quality closer to that of the Canon 50D (i.e., not as small and plastic-feeling as the Canon 60D). However, new rumors point to the presence of the same 18MP sensor as found in the Rebel T5i.
Additional specs should include the new DIGIC 6 image processor, which is also found in the new SX280 HS (The T5i and SL1 both feature a DIGIC 5 processor). Taking a look at what the Rebel T5i offers and should be able to further deduce some of the key specs as follows:
- 6-7fps frame rate (T5i is 5fps; 60D is 5.3fps; 50d was 6.3fps)
- 1080p HD video capture (The question is will Canon do anything to “separate” this functionality at this level from the Rebel line other than a mic output. Will we ever see a headphone output on a low-end Canon HDSLR?)
- ISO 100-25600 (maybe even a stop or more further in either direction)
- Magnesium alloy frame (back to the 50D standards)
- Capacitive touch screen? (The EOS M was the first. Now, the SL1 and T5i have this. It is very responsive on the EOS M and should be a standard going forward, unless Canon still thinks touch screens are “entry-level”.)
- New Creative Filters with live preview (Some editing are already available with these in the 60D, and Canon seems to be pushing them hard in the new Rebels. Expect the trend to continue.)
What do you expect (or want) to see in the new Canon 70D?