Canon are just about to launch a new entry level DSLR camera the EOS 1300D (Rebel Tx / Kiss Xxx). At least that is the rumor going around. Price drops for its predecessor the 1200D (Rebel T5 / Kiss X70) seem to indicate that is quite likely.
Why would this come before the release of the new 100D (Rebel SL1 / Kiss X7) that had been rumored? Well currently in terms of pure DSLR the favored entry level cameras are the Canon EOS 100D and the Nikon D3300. Both are popular and offer slightly different options for the beginner.
Why does this camera matter? As the started camera, especially for students in sends people down a brand route they are unlikely to change from. Once a Nikon person always a Nikon person. With only 2 main DSLR brands plus Pentax on the market it is important to get new blood on your side.
If and when a new Canon EOS 100D comes out the price is bound to go up in line with the spec. This would take it out of the entry level leaving the 1200D vulnerable to the D3300. So the 1200D is getting an upgrade to allow it to compete.
The new camera is thought to retain an 18M pixel sensor that is more than enough for most photography and has an advantage in lower light. It will get an upgraded processor, perhaps a Digic 4+. Little else has changed if the leaks are to be believed.
There is the addition of Wi-Fi and NFC that will help to make the camera relevant in todays connected world.
I would like to see a better resolution LCD screen and a new menu layout. We will have to wait and see.