Canon announced two new DSLRs today, the Canon EOS Digital Rebel T3i (known outside the US as the EOS 600D) and the Canon EOS Digital Rebel T3 (also known as the EOS 1100D).
The Canon EOS Digital Rebel T3i (EOS 600D) is clearly based on the T2i, using the same 18MP sensor, but it also incorporates some features from the Canon EOS 60D such as the articulated LCD screen and the ability to wirelessly control off-camera speedlites. The T3i has a new "zoom" video mode which gives a 3x to 10x zoom by cropping the center of the sensor - and still yielding 1080p HD images. Since Canon describe it as "complementing" the T2i, I presume that means that it's an addition to, rather than a replacemnt for, the T2i. Expected street price will be $799.99 for the body and $899.99 for a kit with the new EF-S 18-55/3.5-5.6 IS II lens. It should be in the stores in March.
The Canon EOS Digital Rebel T3 (EOS 1100D) is a more basic camera which uses a 12MP sensor, a Digic IV processor and offers 720p HD video. It uses the same 9 point AF sensor system as the T2i and T3i and the iFCL color-sensitive metering system. Canon haven't commented on which (of any) current Digital Rebel models the T3 will replace, but with the XS and XSi also occupying the lower end of the Rebel range, something will probably be dropped. The T3 may well take the place of the XSi (also a 12MP camera). That would make the sequence XS (10MP, no video), T3 (12MP, 720p video), T1i (15MP, 1080p video), T2i (18MP, 1080p video) and T3i (18MP, 1080p Video, articulated screen). The price of the Digital Rebel T3 is expected to be $599.99 in a kit with the new EF-S 18-55/3.5-5.6 IS II lens
Two new Speedlites have also been announced. The Canon Speedlite 270EX II is an upgrade of the 280EX and adds a wireless slave mode though without ability to be configured to work in channels. It also has a feature (also found on the new 320EX as described below) to remotely trigger a camera with built-in wireless remote control function or Integrated Speedlite Transmitter such as the new Rebel T3i, EOS 60D, or EOS 7D. This means that you can trigger the camera from the flash (2 second delay) The flash head has two positions (manually selected) - wide (coverage for 24mm full frame) and tele (coverage for 50mm full frame. The retail price will be $169.99 and the 270EX II should be available by April.
The new Canon Speedlite 320EX has a tilting head for bounce flash, the remote camera firing function as described above for the 270EX II. It can act as a wireless slave and can be assigned to one of three groups and one of four channels for use in multiple flash setups. A unique feature of the 320EX is that it has a high power white LED on the front which can be used for additional illumination (over short distances) when shooting in video mode, for AF assist in dim lighting or as a modeling light to show how the flash illumination will look. A fully charged set of AA batteries (4) should power the LED for 4 hours. Canon have not yet specified the power of the continuous LED light nor its angle of coverage. The flash head has two positions (manually selected) - wide (coverage for 24mm full frame) and tele (coverage for 50mm full frame. Recycle time is around 2 seconds. Street price will be $249.99 and the 320EX should be in the stores by April.
Here's the Canon press release describing the Canon EOS DIgital Rebel T3i and T3, the Canon EX270 II and 320EX speedlites and a new EF-S 18-55/3.5-5.6 IS II lens (with an upgraded IS system).