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Canon EOS 600D & 1100D on the way? CP+ 2011 could see new DSLRs

16 Jan Posted by Matt in News |
Canon EOS 600D & 1100D on the way?  CP+ 2011 could see new DSLRs

UPDATE: The Canon EOS 1100D & Canon EOS 600D have now been announced.

CP+ is less than a month away now, kicking off on the 9-12th February at Pacifico Yokohama in Japan.  We have reason to believe that Canon (and possibly also Nikon) could use this show as a launchpad for a couple of new consumer digital SLRs (known as the Rebel range in the USA).

CP+ Imaging Show

Whilst we have heard lots in the past about a replacement for the ageing Canon EOS 1000D/Rebel XS, I’m going to put my neck on the line and say that this is the one.  Previous rumours have speculated that it would be replaced with a Canon EOS 2000D, and that may still be the case, but we now think that an incremental upgrade to a Canon EOS 1100D is probably just as likely, if not more so.

Canon EOS 1100D/Canon EOS 2000D

Whatever it’s called we think that a replacement for the 1000D/Rebel XS is going to surface in this quarter, and CP+ seems the most likely of places for that to happen.  Word is that some retailers are struggling to find stock of the 1000D, which adds fuel to the fire.

Canon EOS 1000D

The 1000D/Rebel XS was released in June 2008

The 1100D would probably be known as a Rebel T3 in the USA, and we’d expect a few significant improvements over the 1000D/Rebel XS designed to appeal to the entry-level end of the digital SLR market.

  • A new 12 Megapixel image sensor
  • Video capable (though probably not as full featured as the 550D/T2i)
  • Available in red as well as black
  • Improved autofocus over the 1000D/Rebel XS

We don’t have pricing or availability tips yet, but we’d imagine the camera will be available shortly after any announcement.  The shortage of stock that some retailers are struggling with would suggest it shouldn’t be long before new models hit the shelves.

Canon EOS 600D/Rebel T3i

At the other end of the consumer digital SLR line we’re expecting a 600D to be announced as the flagship of the range, which would likely be known as the Rebel T3i in the USA.

It would sit above the 550D in the line-up, occupying the seemingly already small gap between that and the semi-professional EOS 60D.  Once again, the updates aren’t revolutionary and focus slightly more towards the video side of things.

Canon EOS 60d DSLR

Canon 600D/T3i could feature articulating screen like the 60D

  • 18 Megapixel image sensor
  • 3.7fps continuous mode (same as the 550D/T2i)
  • Articulating 3″ LCD (like the 60D)
  • Increased shutter range in Auto ISO Mode
  • Improved video snapshots without interrupting recording
  • New firmware enhancements for stills and video

From what we’re hearing the 600D won’t be a huge leap over what the 550D already does, with the headline feature really being the articulating screen.  For the video enthusiast this could be a welcome feature, but existing 550D users are unlikely to see reason to upgrade.

Should I Wait?

Probably, but if you’ve just got yourself a 1000D or 550D (or any other consumer digital SLR for that matter) then don’t get too upset.

We would expect the launch to happen at CP+ in less than a month from now if it’s coming soon, so if you can wait that long then if any new products are launched you may either be able to get a slightly better model or pick up an older model for a bit less than they’re currently selling for.

Canon EOS 550D DSLR HD VideoFrom our work scouring the internet, we’re not expecting either of these digital SLRs to add anything major in terms of improving image quality; both will continue to use the DiGiC IV processor that’s been in the majority of Canon’s digital SLR range for the last few years.


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