Canon will hold a product launch event on April 23, with the EOS 70D camera as the most likely candidate for an official announcement.
Canon has been rumored to introduce a new DSLR camera to replace the aging EOS 60D for quite some time. The Canon 70D did not make an appearance in late March as previously thought, but inside sources claim that the company scheduled a product launch event for April 23.
Canon 70D launch invitations have not been sent out, yet
An invitation to the event has not been leaked for the moment, but it seems like the information is coming from a “known source”, who has been right in the past. Once Canon starts sending out invites to its special activity, the leakster will reveal them for the whole world to see.
Unfortunately, no new specs have been mentioned. Previously, we have heard through the grapevine that the Canon 70D will employ a DIGIC 6 image processor, which will allow photographers to make use of a continuous shooting mode of 14 frames per second, for seven consecutive times.
The aforementioned DIGIC 6 processing engine has been first announced with the Canon PowerShot SX280 and SX270 compact cameras.
Canon 70D specs are similar to those of the Rebel SL1 / 100D
Even so, it appears that the Canon 70D will feature similar specs with the ones found in the recently-announced Canon Rebel SL1 / 100D, which is the world’s smallest and lightest DSLR camera. The shooter comes packed with an 18-megapixel APS-C CMOS image sensor, which should be present in the EOS 70D as well.
The rumored event falls on a Tuesday, which is a day appreciated by the Japanese company, though the official Canon 70D release date remains unknown.
Canon 70D will fall between the Rebel SL1 and the upcoming 7D Mark II
The source mentions the Canon 7D Mark II DSLR as well, but this camera will be introduced later in 2013, most likely sometime in September. However, the 7DMk2 will come packed with superior specs, such as a 21-megapixel sensor, GPS, WiFi, and an extended ISO range between 50 and 102,400.
The model, which will be replaced by the Canon 70D, is the EOS 60D. The DSLR has been announced in August 2010 along with an 18.1-megapixel image sensor, full HD 1080p video recording at 30 frames per second, 3-inch articulated LCD screen, ISO range between 100 and 6,400 (expandable to 12,800), 9-point autofocus system, and a burst rate of 5.3fps.