Just found this. If this is true, then a BIG DISAPPOINTMENT.
Just received some information about the replacement of the 50D.
The camera is to be launched in the fall of 2009 and on sale for Christmas.
You can expect it to be branded “7D” the source says. The “xxD” moniker is going away. There is a perceived confusion with customers between Canon and Nikon model numbers. I actually hear people saying model numbers wrong all the time.
* 15.1mp (apparently it will be the same sensor with some internal upgrades)
* DIGIC V (DIGIC IV a stopover to a big advancement in processing)
* New 13 Point AF
* 1080p Movie Mode
* 3″ VGA LCD
* 98% VF
* New Battery
* Ergonomic Upgrades
* 1x Compact Flash and 1x Secure Digital Slots
Some might say “why would Canon put DIGIC V in the 7D and not 5D2?”. Remember Canon has outspecced xxD cameras with Rebels in the past. People also scoffed at the 21mp notion of the 5D2 with the 1Ds3 around. You’re only as good as your latest camera I guess.
I've considered that to be the most realistic spec sheet for a while..please note its from January too
As for the newest info on canonrumors:
7D design goals sound too lofty, "fastest DSLR ever" sounds like a 1D Mark IV goal, Not a 7D goal...Maybe "fastest in its price range" would be more accurate...9fps vs the D300s 8...and if it does 9fps at 14-bit it EASILY kicks the D300s across the court...
As for articulating screens, Note that Nikon didnt include one on the D300s, and I'm betting I know the reason for it, it would mean more joints, thus harder weathersealing as well as a reduction in rear screen size and possibly also meaning the body gets thicker or the screen protrudes out the back of the camera...
T1..no complaints at all..sounds exactly what the T1 is going to be to me..
60D/1D4, I'm starting to feel the 1D4 wont be in the pipeline this year, and I think thats a good thing, I think if we wait a bit Canon wont have another 1D3 fiasco on their hands...
As for the 60D I heard from a Canon rep that they were going to launch the next xxD about a year after the 50D..I still feel that the 50D's successor is on the way, I dont know why...As for the resoltion, I honestly think that with a bit of tweaking they can get better dynamic range and noise performance from the 50D sensor...So I dont think it needs a megapixel decrease to fix its largest criticism...
70-200 f/2.8L IS II..I said that already didnt I?
New 500 and 600L lenses? What could they really improve on them is my question...But that said, the 300mm f/2.8L IS is quite perfect..hm...I might put my money on the 400 f/2.8L and the 600 f/4 more than the 500 though, Especially if we're considering sports...the 400 and 600 are more common at sports I believe than the 500...
I still am not sure on a new 135L to be honest, That lens is legendary as being one of Canon's best and to my knowledge has pretty much NO complaints about it...its fast, contrasty, sharp, flare resistant, built VERY well, lightweight, small, discrete...
How can you improve it?!
Anyways, if the 7D is indeed what I want, a quick fast crop camera, I might start saving my pennies up towards it and suffer with my 30D a bit longer..Even if i am about ready to chuck it...