Update – The latest information does NOT mention the 70D – it looks like we will see the T5i (700D) and a smaller rebel 100D. 700D Specs are mildly improved over the 650D with one item worth noting, an 18-55 STM lens will be available in April. The 100D will be available in May.


Canonwatch is talking about a smaller form factor DSLR from Canon that may be coming soon – specs sounds basically the same including using the same sensor used in the T4i(650D). FYI it is quite difficult to shrink a DSLR down as it needs a mirror and the space required is a significant percentage of the total camera size. My excitement level is a 4 out of 10. The next exciting announcement is later this month when we should hear about the 70D, a 60D replacement. The rumor is a return to the higher level occupied by the 50D.


50D 60D 70D
Not huge differences to be seen, some shrinkage and of course the articulated screen


Released in 2008, the 50D was placed solidly above the Rebel line, it offered a camera with magnesium body (think pretty tough) and professional features like Micro-AF adjust (not all lenses focus perfectly with all bodies, Micro AF allows you to tweak the alignment to get better results for each lens) and a fast burst rate with large buffer. Two years to the day later the 60D was announced and was seen by many as a departure from the prosumer line and a blurring with the Rebel line.  The 60D was slightly smaller, lost the magnesium body and the Micro AF adjustment.  It did gain video recording features and the articulated screen.   With the feature set of the T4i it is likely that the 70D will return the XXD line to a more professional level. This will increase the price with a kit costing somewhere in the neighborhood of $1500. This also puts it on par with Nikon’s recently released and excellent D7100.


If you follow all of the different Canon lines you may wonder where that leaves the 7Ds replacement, the rumor there is that the 7D Mark II will come in at much higher level too, close to $2000 and offering a high-end focus system and burst rate that is needed by sports and wildlife photographers.


Why Yes! I did use photoshop to just shrink the T4i 😉

Back to the idea of a smaller T4i- eh.  Traditionally Canon has offered a dumbed down rebel and budget friendly rebel that uses a similar form factor with cheaper sensor and missing a few features.  This sounds like the opposite – a smaller camera with the current T4i guts crammed inside.   I don’t know how this will fit in the pricing scheme but Canon is certainly feeling pressure from the mirrorless and Micro 4/3 systems otherwise they wouldn’t have rushed the EOS-M out the door with admittedly slower AF.     The smaller rebel rumor isn’t very exciting unless it comes with a new feature or two and knowing these companies desire to extract every penny from our wallets those features will only appear in the second version.


Someone left a comment on one of my videos “If only Canon and Nikon would combine we would have one Awesome camera”   Noooo this is exactly what we do not want.  Competition is good and I am pretty convinced now that the price of the T4i really dropped over the last months to get a solid install base before the D5200 was released though the Nikon still doesn’t seem to be selling well and probably won’t until it sees a price drop too.


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  1. I don’t see why Canon would release a mini T4i. As you say the size of the body is needed to fit in all the components. Or they should use inferior components like a smaller sensor. Or they must have developed some sort of new high performance compact sensor, but that would mean this camera would get a much higher price tag. Either way I don’t see who would spend money on such a camera.
    People looking for a compact sized camera don’t seem to be interested in a creative features packed DSLR, so they’ll be probably better off with a CSC like the EOS M. And those getting serious into photography probably don’t need a smaller camera and just want a camera that fits comfortably in their hands.
    Releasing a smaller T4i just seems illogical…

    • Klaas, just because it seems illogical to us doesn’t mean Canon and the Canon marketers don’t think they can make money off of it! I was saying the size of the camera or how small it can get is limited by the whole mirror mechanism, not the sensor. But in reading more I now see a mention of using an EVF instead of an optical viewfinder which means this wouldn’t be a DSLR and wouldn’t need a mirror, it would be something like the EOS-M which hasn’t had great success. So yes, I am confused 🙂 I think I will just wait and see.

  2. Great read.
    I am confused on the specs for the smaller dslr…i thought these were the specs for the t5i to be released in June; unless the t5i will be more compact meaning that we are all referring to the same camera?

    • My understand is we are looking at two different cameras – a small rebel with same specs as T4i(announced soon) and then in June a T5i that has new and improved specs. . . It is confusing, I am confused and in researching a bit more I see mention of a possible EVF instead of an optical viewfinder which then means we are not talking about something that can be called a DSLR…

  3. What are Canons usual turnaround times in terms of announce and release? might be worth holding off for a bit if they are going to release a new model instead of buying a 60/650D right away.. Know these sorts of questions are hard to gauge!


    • Jack, the rumored road map I saw had a 700D (650D replacement being announced in June and likely available within a month). The 70D is rumored to be announced at the end of this month (March 21 or 22). In general we get a new xxxD camera every 12-16 months. And a new xxD camera every 24 – 30 months. There is almost always a new camera on the horizon and one of the main factors you need to keep in mind is release price. When the T4i camera started shipping it was sitting at $1200 for several months and then $1000 and so on. I don’t say this to disuade you from waiting just make sure you factor in the likely cost at release and not compare price now versus a replacement at the same price.

      • Ah, thanks for the clarification! Nothing is ever simple especially on a budget.. Perhaps what I will benefit from is the further price drop of the 60D once the 70 is announced! appreciate the response. Jack

        • That is doubtful too, these older cameras hit a price bottom and then never go lower, it is possible that it will drop a bit more but past experience says it is nearly as low as it will go for new. Used is a different story and it will likely drop a bit more.

  4. Toby I’ll be doing publicity and production shots for my daughter’s school play ANNIE. my daughter is playing Miss Hannigan which is much more exciting for me!

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