I reading over at dpreview.com. it seems that pentax has released 2 new slrs in to the market.
A couple of things that I noticed that they are doing that it will be interesting to see what canon does. The camera that I am talking about is the K10D. Some of the features includes:
Dust and weather resistant seals : interesting, as this is the top of the rang model, but I am sure it wont be at the price of the 1 series cameras. This camera is at the level of the 30D then that's a good feature to have.
Sensitivity and Shutter/Aperture priority : they say that photographers have been wanting this for years. "allows you to set the shutter speed and aperture manually and the camera will automatically select the correct sensitivity."
Dedicated RAW button : This is interesting and one press of a button you can change from shooting RAW to JPG and back again. However I am sure that others would like this button to be the mirror lock up, but for some it could be useful. While your out with the family you can use JPG to capture those family moments and then when you find a subject where you need more control, one button press later.
11-point Auto Focus, 9 cross sensitive : well the 400D has the same auto focus as the 30D, which means that the replacement for the 40D will have more focus points.
What does this mean for Canon, well who knows. But I am sure that they wont let one of the smaller companys out do there cameras. it's interesting to see that dpreview has put this camera along side the 30D. That gives us an idea at the market. Some could find this camera useful if they already got some pentax glass.
For me the biggest supprise is the weather resistant seals. Coming from a smaller company it makes me wonder why canon can't do it.