This is a little embarrassing, but also interesting (and with me, interesting trumps embarrassing). I didn't even notice that there is a new pair of entry-level Canon DSLRs, the T3 (12 MP) and T3i (18 MP), that were announced on February 7th. Obviously I've been paying too much attention to photography lately and not enough attention to cameras.
It's true that successive updates of well-known cameras don't tend to get a lot of attention, even though there are a lot of very talented people working very hard on those incremental improvements we take for granted. And it's true that digital photography years are like dog-years. It's further true that our typical reader is more likely to be interested in the next tier upward, the 60D / 7D level (the 7D is effectively on sale right now too, by dint of a $200 rebate). Finally, the most noticeable change here seems to be the replacement of the now-traditional "green rectangle" auto-everything mode with an enhanced "A+ mode" that does even more for those who don't want to do anything for themselves...which is not much in the way of news. But still, it's always tempting to contrast the easily-overlooked introduction of such cameras with the sensational announcement of the original Digital Rebel in the summer of 2003, and perhaps also with the arrival of the first "affordable" high-resolution camera, the 12.8 MP EOS 5D, two summer later. (Both deservedly considered landmarks in the history of cameras.) Now the "budget" version of the entry-level Rebel has as many pixels as the original 5D (more or less), and the non-stripped version has half again more, and the latest Rebel heirs flit past in the newsstream exciting only cursory notice. Or none at all.
...From me, anyway. But maybe that's my flaw, rather than any with the camera. One thing that's indisputable is that the new T3i, when it comes out in March, will be a better, more technologically advanced camera than money could buy in 2003; feels almost ironic.
I'm off to the dentist yet again this morning (the tooth is doing well, thanks), but I wonder, have there been any more recent introductions that I've flat missed? Better look into that when I get back.
UPDATE: At least my timing is good. In the day since I posted this, B&H Photo has gotten the camera in stock!
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