The Canon Rebel series has been updated around every 15 months since the release of the original Digital Rebel back in 2003. With the current Canon Rebel T3i now more than a year old, people are starting to wonder when the next Rebel will come, and what features it will bring to the table.
The latest rumors regarding the T3i replacement are that it will have built-in Wi-Fi and also incorporate a touch screen, a feature not present in any DSLR at the moment. Though this is still an unconfirmed rumor, it is not unlikely that the touch screen will be present as the Rebel line has always been known to incorporate new features before hitting the more expensive cameras in Canon’s lineup. The camera is supposed to utilize an 18.1 megapixel sensor similar to the one that is in the T3i, but should benefit in terms of nice performance if it is upgraded with the newer Digic 5 processor.
Ever since the Rebel line included the video function, it has been a very popular camera among film makers. It has had minor upgrades to suit the film maker, adding the tilt and swivel display on the T3i. I expect the T4i to bring the movie functionality even further with newer features. Full time autofocus is a feature that we might see in the T4i. Nikon’s offerings like the D3100 and D5100 have it, and it might be time that Canon does the same. I still feel like Full time autofocus is a gimmicky feature in its current state, but it is something that would appeal to the average consumer. Another feature that we might see, and one that I’m really hoping for, is Full 1080p at 60fps. It might be a little bit hopeful to ask this of Canon, but it would definitely make it a camera that will sell.