Canon 70D to Reportedly Arrive by Month-End, Olympus E-5 Successor by Year-End


It looks like we’ll be seeing at least two new DSLRs appear on the market between now and the end of this year. The latest rumors are saying that Canon will be launching a successor to the 60D shortly — perhaps by the end of this month — and that Olympus will be following up its E-5 DSLR with another pro-level Four Thirds DSLR body.

The Canon rumor comes courtesy of Craig Blair over at Canon Rumors, who hears that there will be a Canon DSLR announcement near the end of March (possibly on Tuesday the 19th or Tuesday the 26th). The new camera is “most likely the replacement for the EOS 60D.”

Canon is reportedly planning a big jump in terms of specs from the 60D to the 70D, with the camera pushing toward its pro-level counterparts in terms of build quality. Blair writes that both the 70D and the 7D Mark II will be higher tier cameras than their predecessors.

Back in June 2012, CanonWatch reported that the 70D will be the combination of the 7D and 60D lines, taking the title of Canon’s flagship APS-C camera. This means it will have higher-end features, better performance, and a more durable build.


Rumors are also heating up about a potential followup to the Olympus E-5. 43Rumors is reporting that a new Four Thirds camera will likely be announced this year.

Earlier reports suggested that the E-5 successor would be some kind of hybrid camera that can work with both Micro Four Thirds and Four Thirds lenses, but this latest rumor suggest that it will simply be a Four Thirds camera named the Olympus E-7.

43Rumors writes that the camera is set to go into final product now (all the specs have been finalized) and that it will hit store shelves in the second half of this year — good news for photographers who have built up personal collections of Four Thirds lenses.

  • Zos Xavius

    Such a huge body….such a tiny sensor. The olympus looks laughable in comparison to the 70D sensor….

  • Mike

    …that’s what she said. :P

  • Don1

    Its not how big it is – it’s how you use it. A bit of sensitivity wouldn’t go amiss (and don’t forget the zoom factor).

  • Zos Xavius

    but of course. there are things to like about 4/3. i just always found it funny that the bodies were about the same size as aps-c. I would rather see professional development of om-d personally.

  • Nikola Ovcharski

    And the 70D will be more expensive

  • Dwight Bell Jr

    What is the price?

  • Gwyn GwyniiBoii Jones

    And I’m getting a 60D on the 30th of March for my birthday. For god’s sake…

  • Jason Langley

    Unless your doing video, get a used 50d and save $$. I would also consider a used 7d over a 60d. The build quality of the 60d is closer to Rebel bodies than prosumer body.

  • Danny Arias

    I have both 7d and the 60d. If you are doing video, go with the 60d. The flip screen makes a world of difference for running and gunning. 7d has better build quality but you won’t see a difference in video quality.

  • El DonQuijote

    The 4/3rd lenses are superb quality – e.g. 15cm long f2 300mm for Christ’s sake – I have one – but it has a large diameter to capture the light and is not light lens to carry.(lighter than a fullframe 35mm 300mm f2 -have you ever seen one?) You do not want to attach such a lens to a puny camera body – a case where size matters. Plus I am a male and do not have girl hands therefore the buttons and the grip have to be reasonably sized. The sensor is great if you are not into low light – Olympus colours, jpegs, technology and built quality are well known. I will be getting an Olympus E-7 when released and hoping for more. Plus the look of Olympus images are different from Nikon,Canon, Sony and people who keep buying Oly gear know why – max resolution does not make for best image – if that would be the case (and I might do so one day) I would be getting a Phase One MF camera. :-) and not DSLR. The price is another reason :-)