Canon announced a new Rebel yesterday. Capable of shooting in HD (720p), it is a serious alternative to the 5D. It is not 1080p but lets be honest, 720p is excellent, I resample everything to this size or smaller anyways so this isn’t a problem for msot people.
In fact, the first thing that came to my mind after seeing this announcement was WTF? The general consensus over why the 5D firmware is crippled as always been the fear of Canon to cannibalize sales of the “real” video camera. Yet, they put on the market a camera that cannibalizes sales of the 5DMrkII. There is something seriously broken in the Canon marketing department!
Don’t get me wrong, this new Rebel is going to be an incredible success, even more so than the 5DMrkII. The problem is that I (and the community) was expecting a new firmware, not another crippled camera. It seems now obvious to me that we won’t see any manual control for DSLRs, except maybe with the next release of the 1D line later this year.
Canon, I will be very happy if you prove me wrong!