Canon Rebel XS / 1000D Specs Surface

UPDATED: The Canon Rebel XS / 1000D has been announced (June 10, 2008)!  Please go to Photography Bay’s Canon Rebel XS/1000D page for more info.

Specifications for the rumored Canon Rebel XS have began to surface online. The rumored specs seem to confirm the replacement of the Rebel XTi/400D. Still no news on release date, but we’ll continue to bank on Photokina. Kamera & Bild is the first place to tout the specs for the new camera, which are supposedly as follows:

  • 10.1 MP CMOS
  • Digic III
  • 7-point AF
  • 3 FPS
  • 2.5″ LCD
  • Live View
  • Similar Menus to the 450D (but more simplified)
  • Weight 540grams
  • Cheap Price

For the latest news and rumors, check out Photography Bay’s Canon Rebel XS / 1000D page.


Nikon D10

Nikon D10

The rumor mill is starting to firm up a bit for the fall line up. On the Canon end of things, we’re seeing the 5D Mark II as a solid front runner for release, as well as a possible update to the 1D Mark III with a Canon 1D Mark IIIn or Mark IV. On the Nikon side of the coin, we’ve seen a load of rumors point toward a Nikon D90 and D3X, with the D90 being a follow up to the D80 and the D3X a an all-but-confirmed 24 megapixel full frame flagship camera.

Recent days, however, have seen rumors surface of a Nikon D10. Thom Hogan, who (as I’ve quoted before) has a good ear to the ground for Nikon gear, has eluded to the possibility of a mid-grade full frame Nikon D10 coming as well. Of course, this is still in rumor mode; however, the D10 would be positioned in Nikon’s lineup at a spot above the D300 and below the D3. The D10 would compete more directly with Canon’s 5D (and, perhaps, 5D Mark II).

The best that I can tell, the clues go back to Nikon’s release of the MB-10 vertical grip for the Nikon D300.  If you recall, a similar thing happened with Sony when they announced the vertical grip (the VG-B30AM) with the A200 DSLR at CES, which led everyone to suspect a A300 in the works (and we saw it and the A350 appear at PMA).

Prior to the D300, all add-on vertical grips were named for the body on which they would mount (e.g. MB-D200 was for the D200). When Nikon announced the D300, one of my first questions was why is the vertical grip called the MB-D10? I’ve NEVER known Nikon to deviate from their naming policies, so I asked them where the D10 was. (via)

Discussing the upcoming Olympic Games:

There certainly will be D3, 200mm f/2, 300mm f/2.8, 400mm f/2.8, 500mm f/4, and 600mm f/4 all available for the sports, but it would be a missed opportunity not to have a D3x, D10, and any new lenses there, as well. (via)

Discussing Fuji’s position relative to Nikon’s DSLR lineup:

Case in point: imagine if a D10 had the D300-type body with the D3 sensor, but at a “moderate” price. Of, the D10 had the D300-type body with a sensor mid-range between the D3 and D3x, say 18mp, but at a “moderate” price. (via)

Responding to claims that he has no inside knowledge of Nikon’s R&D:

. . . . Actually, quite a bit of what I’ve posted in the past has come from within Nikon. The problem is that Nikon, like most companies, has multiple things going on simultaneously and the actual products that make it to market are a subset of what is tested. There were so many prototypes in the D3 process, for instance, that it became increasingly unclear what was going on and what the final product might look like. . . .

. . . the MB-D10 is an interesting clue. Nikon hasn’t really deviated in naming for some time, so this was a real puzzler. As for how long it might have taken for a D10 to appear, I think Canon’s long delay in introducing a 5DII and Sony’s delay in the A900 are probably part of the reason. Perhaps they were prepared to go one way (D3 sensor) if they had to move faster, another (the rumored 18mp sensor) if they had more time.

. . . if Nikon MISSES the Olympics with the D3x intro (and possibly the D10), they miss a HUGE opportunity . . .  (via)

On the timing of releasing a new D10 or D3X:

*”Olympics”–the biggest gathering of pro photographers in one place this year, and a clear pro opportunity. Announce just before (July), provide loaners at the event would be the usual scenario.

*”Photokina”–not much after the Olympics, but the biggest gathering of photo retailers and decision influencers this year. If you haven’t announced by Photokina, you lose a great deal of press and retail leverage. (via)

So, is the Nikon D10 a sure thing?  No, we’re still in rumor and speculation world at this point.  Does Thom raise some interesting points about a potential Nikon D10 in the near future?  I think so.  We’ll see if these rumors bear fruit in the months ahead and keep the D10 on the Photokina watch list.


6/10/08:  Purported images of the Nikon D10 surface. (Read more)

5/22/08:  More rumors on the Nikon D10 from Thom Hogan.  (Read more)

New Canon 5D Mark II and 1D Mark IIIn Rumor – June 2008

Just when we thought rumors had died off for the Canon 5D Mark II and 1D Mark IIIn, up crops another over at the forums.  This one seems pretty weak on its face; however, Yakim (the poster) has been around for quite some time and generally has a pretty good ear to the ground for upcoming gear.  Still yet, take it with a grain of salt.

5D Mk II.
1D Mk III N.
2 new lenses.

The source is an old Israeli photographer which shoots Nikon, has a vast collection of Nikon equipment and has some internal knowledge in Nikon and Canon (a little). FWIW, he is well respected in Israel and is considered a reliable source.


For more on each of these cameras, see Photography Bay’s Canon 5D Mark II page and Canon 1D Mark IIIn page.

Olympus E-520 Leak

Olympus UK apparently slipped up and posted the model number of the forthcoming successor to the Olympus E-510 on an info page regarding image quality.  The offending text has been removed; however, this is the passage that was purportedly published by Olympus:

So that you don’t need to carry a heavy tripod or invest extra money into every single stabilised lens, Olympus integrated a built-in image stabiliser into the camera body of the E-3, E-510 and E-520. It stabilises up to 5 EV steps (up to 4 EV steps with the E-510 and E-520), making it the most effective solution on the market.

You can see the can see the redacted version of the page here.  Note that the “and E-520″ is gone, which makes the listing of “E-3, E-510″ read awkward since there is a comma in a list of only two items.  The cached version of the page shows this current version as well.  (via

Since the E-420 was just recently released, the follow-on of the E-520 certainly comes as no surprise.  We’ll keep our ears to the ground and pass along the latest news and rumors on the Olympus E-520 when it arrives.

Canon 5D Mark II and 3D Rumors Gone Wild

The rumor mill is in full swing across a variety of camera brands right now.  While I’m happy to pass them along, remember folks, these are still rumors.  I do my best to point you to the sources when I can find them. Additionally, there are a ton of rumors that I simply pass over because they are so obviously false.

Looking back at some of the comments made by Photography Bay readers on the Canon 5D Mark II rumor regarding a purported screenshot of a webpage (see here), I was almost certain that it’s a fake.  Additionally, I’m inclined to disregard the information that appeared with it.

However, I want to point out one additional observation.  A commenter going by the name “Phil” found what appears to be the source of the screen shot over at PBase (here’s the link).  Phil actually didn’t link to the 5D Mark II screenshot.  He linked to a screenshot of a Canon EOS 3D from (Canon Italy).  When I saw it, I figured I would post something a little later tonight; however, it’s gone now and the following message appears in it’s place:

The images have been removed.  We simply had to remove them.  Why?

Well, a very well-known lawyer sent us a long letter on behalf of an extremely irritated marketing department of a dreadfully famous company.

Guess what happened?

Well it seems we slightly messed up the plans they had for the launch of a product . . . sorry but it was not our fault.

Peace & be happy.

You can take it for what it’s worth.  Frankly, I don’t know if PBase’s message isn’t a worse marketing headache for Canon than the screenshot.  I was ready to write off the screenshot as a dummied up page by someone trying to stir the pot.  Now, I’m scratching my head a bit.  Also, the presence of this message on the Canon 3D screenshot page makes me wonder even more.  I’m still trying to dig up a cached image of the screenshot, but haven’t had any luck yet.

For now, you can keep up with the rumors on the Canon 5D Mark II Rumors page or the Canon 3D Rumors page.

Cheaper Nikon Full Frame DSLR on the Horizon

Amidst the recent discussions of the rumored Nikon D3X, insights on a cheaper full frame DSLR from Nikon surfaced again.  The exchange between a couple of forum posters occurred on DPReview’s forums; however, one of the forum posters was Thom Hogan.  The original poster noted that a cheaper full frame Nikon DSLR was in the rumor mill.  Thom replied with:

Yep. But I still hear this as being further out than the D3x.


As you may know, Thom seems to have his ear keenly to the ground regarding Nikon news, rumors and equipment developments.  I’m sure Nikon users would love to see a mid-range FF DSLR that’s in the same price range as the current Canon 5D.  We’ll keep you posted with the latest on this rumor and the Nikon D3X.