After the updated releases of Nikon lately it looks like Canon is on the retaliation front: Yahoonews has a item on the new entry level SLR.
Looks like the future for digital SLR's is bright and the prices will be lower too.
[ Edit: Edited at Aug 24, 2006 8:17 AM by Jase007 ]
I'm a little disapointed that they're sticking with the small body size (same as the 350D). It makes the camera really difficult to use for people with normal sized hands Ahhh well, it's ok for girls i guess :p
I guess the thinking is that for entry-level SLRs, smaller and lighter is better, keeping the big heavy weather-sealed bodies for the pros.
What I'm pretty interested in is if Canon will follow Nikon in using Secure Digital cards rather than Compact Flash cards for this new camera.
- goes check dpreview* Ah, here's the canon website for this 400D. Ooh, still Compact Flash... So, positioned less as a consumer upgrade, and more as a backup body? (But then, the 20D/30D already function like that... Maybe they're hoping for consumers who currently still have point 'n shoots from the time when CF was standard?)
I like the self-cleaning sensor; don't know enough about Canon's offerings to know what other features really jump out.
I wonder if they'll ever release a camera to really compete with the D50 on price. (Although this one of course was meant to undercut that new Sony, just like the Nikon D80 was meant to outperform it.)
[ Edit: Edited at Aug 24, 2006 9:48 AM by Sander ]
It looks to me it's there to recapture some of the home market it has lost to panasonic and sony, so the small size is for that market.
The compact flash, i don't think they will change. There was rumours that the SD card as we know it now was in for a major upgrade. Using the CP card also allows the use on the mini HD cards.
I like the idea of a self cleaning sensor, but who knows how good it is only time will tell.
How it stacks up against the Nikon brands I don't really think Canon are looking at them, they seem to be more concerned at Soney and Panasonic.