With the mid range DSLR lineup from Canon believed to be on a 12 month release cycle (Canon EOS 40D was released in August 2007, and the Canon EOS 50D in August 2008), it wouldn't be unreasonable to expect the Canon EOS 60D to arrive in August 2009.
Given complaints about the 50D, more megapixels are unlikely unless they go with a larger sensor. However with the cheaper Nikon D90 having Video, putting HD Video onto the Canon EOS 60D would be a fairly safe bet.
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CR has heard from someone that claims to have seen a presentation of a pre-production 60D. If accurate, the specs of the camera include an 18mp sensor (Exact same as the 7D & T2i), tilt screen, and the camera is 'video optimized'.
According to the DxO roadmap, they should have support for the Canon 60D and nine of the more popular lenses available during December 2010.
The information has now been removed, but several other sites grabbed screen shots while it was still up. There is a possibility it was a typo, but as a fairly major player they may also have access to confidential information under N.D.A.
Since posting the 60D will have a special feature not found on other DSLR's, CR has received various tips stating it will be a built in GPS, or wifi and 120 fps video, or a different form factor etc...
According to a regular CR source: There will be no 60D. No further details given.
With so much hype around a the mythical 60D, someone at Canon must be sitting there laughing hard. With the 7D Taking on the Nikon D300 and the T2i taking on the Nikon D90, then perhaps Canon doesn't see the need for something in between? As always, time will tell.
According to a regular CR tipster, the 60D will have an articulating screen, metal body (similar To 50D), upgraded 15.1mp APS-C Sensor, 720p/1080p Video at 30fps, Electronic Level, New battery & battery grip.
Price will be about $1190 or thereabouts, available in May.
The following was posted on dpreview forums (see source link below, about 3/4 way down the page):
for what it is worth my local camera shop says sept.1st will be an announcement of a full frame priced at the nikon d300 range...he says canon rep indicated that was the only way of getting low noise from a 15mb sensor.
This could be (a) 60D that is expected on Sep 1st, (b) the much rumored 7D, or (c) fiction.
For the 60D to keep the same resolution and jump to Full Frame means a major change of direction in that line. A 15mp Full Frame sensor means a new sensor, so if real a 7D would make the most sense, and an 15mp full frame camera from $1800 would be extremely interesting... if true.
According to a poster on POTN, August 18th/19th is the date:
Canon will be announcing a New camera on the 18th day of August + or - 1 day. I am pretty sure that it will not be a 60d but a new pro sports body that will be available in October or November just in time for the Olympic Games.
How I am so sure about this...I can't tell but you'll see.
Must be true cuz it's posted on a forum, right? We have no way to confirm, but we are hearing the 19th from several sources now, although none of the sources are particularily credible unfortunately.
NI are pointing to the following comment made on a user forum:
"If you are looking at DSLR you should wait. I had a conversation with a Canon rep during the DGA meet last weekend. He advised me to sell my T1i before the second week of September. Apparently there will be a new one coming out with 24p and , possibly, RAW video out from Canon. Priced around $1500. S35 sensor and Eos mount for use with all Canon glass."
This time from Canon Rumors, supposedly from someone that has seen a brochure:
sensor seems to be a tweaked version of the current 15MP sensor (better
DR, better high ISO IQ, eliminated pattern banding at high ISO)
98%-coverage, 0.96x magnification VF
3, 1150K-pixel, active-matrix, organic LED display
19-pt., all-cross type area AF ellipse (basically, the current 1-series AF
point layout w/o the 26-pt. assist AF pts.)
1080p@30fps full HD video with full manual controls and contrast-
detect AF, stereo audio inputs
7.4FPS@14-bit mode (CIPA-standard testing method)
new DiGIC V is more than 2x faster than current DiGICIV, enables
onboard processing of all those DPP functions still not done in-camera
with the current cams (i.e., lateral CA correction, geometric
distortion correction, better highlight & shadow detail extraction,
plus new gDiffraction Eliminationh function: pixel-level contrast
enhancement and sharpening to counteract aperture-related diffraction
AE microadjustment; +/- 3 EV range with 1/6EV steps; separate saved
corrections for Evaluative, CWA, Partial and Spot metering
new higher capacity, slightly higher-voltage (to drive the faster
mechanicals & electrical readouts for the higher framerate), chipped
Li-Polymer battery (LP-E7), with new, magnesium-alloy framed BG-E7
battery grip with AF-ON and mini-joystick selector buttons duplicated
According to NI, the 60D Camera has been moved to an 18 month release cycle, which would put the 60D some time around Feb 2010. Economic conditions were cited as the reason, this information from a long time trusted source.
According to NI's trusted source, timing for the launch of the 60d is 'up for discussion' but internal pressures at Canon are to put it back on an 18 month cycle. This due to weaker overall demand and reduction in competitive pressure. The design is advanced and allows for a possible August/ September 2009 release but is 90+% likely to be delayed until January / February 2010.
This makes a lot of sense given the current economy (or lack thereof), however a lot will depend upon what Nikon, and to some extent Sony release in the mean time.
According to a CR source, the 60D is nearing its first production run and is in final testing right now, based around the 18mp CMOS sensor, and there will be a new feature in the 60D that isnt available anywhere else in the lineup.
Canon has announced rebates on the 50D through June 5th 2010 in the U.S. We are not aware of a camera ever being replaced mid-rebate (but using rebates to clear inventory prior to a release has been known).
From that, we'd have to put a 60D announcement at June 6th, 2010 at the very earliest.
NI is linking to a Spanish store showing a picture of a XXD series body, with a caption that claims "CMOS, self cleaning sensor, 8.5 FPS 'Full frame'.
There has been a lot of noise recently about a new, cheaper full frame body coming, many suspect it may be called the 7D and the 60D will be kept as a crop camera, but so far we've seen no really solid sources to confirm either of these.
NI captured an image that appeared briefly on a Tiawanese forum showing what is presumably the new top plate for the 60D. Very similar to the 50D, except with a M-Fn button, different dial, and thumb operated on-off switch under the dial.
According to CR, they've learnt that Canon has been disappointed with 50D sales, and are now planing to target the Nikon D300 with a new XXD sized camera featuring an APS-H Sensor and a version of the AF system from the EOS-1.
If their source is correct, it will be capable of 6 f.p.s., have the build quality of the 5D Mark II, a new 12.1 megapixel sensor and MSRP of $1,999.
If real, this could be the 60D that is expected later this year, or possibly even the long-rumored EOS 7D.
In response to the flip screen on the Nikon D5000, NI is reporting that the Canon 60D may come with a flip screen, when it finally arrives early 2010 (they are also hearing it is now on an 18 month release cycle).
CR is reporting that the Canon EOS 40D has started to be removed from Canon price lists. The 50D was released last year, and the 60D is expected to be released later this year, so this should not come as a surprise.
According to CanonRumors, Canon are rethinking the XXD line due to the poor reception of the Canon 50D. They are speculating that a new AF system is being developed, with more AF points, plus weather-sealing may be added. Movie Mode is almost certain, and WiFi/GPS are being discussed.