This 60D announcement from Canon -- along with the recent D3100 announcement -- makes things really, really interesting. What will happen to the D5000? I can't see Nikon slotting a new D5100 between the D3100 and the soon-to-be-announced D7000.
And then there's the name change from D90 -> D7000. Does anyone sense how this is sussing out? Nikon releases an absolutely rock solid entry level D3100, lets the D5000 quietly die, D7000 replaces the D90 with a moderate bump to image specs but adds decidedly semi-pro body features... where does Nikon's DXX line stand now?
I completely agree with PB PM, Nikon seems to be moving in the opposite direction of Canon. I sense Nikon consolidating, and Canon covering a spread between consumer/prosumer with an additional model.
Cruising various forums, reaction from Canon users to the 60D appears to be overwhelmingly negative.
I was in a tough position 4 months ago. Last year I had to sell my D80. This May, I had saved enough money to buy another DSLR, and since I was not invested in glass I had given Canon a serious look. I loved my D80 and the ergonomics, I generally dislike Canon's menus/UI but the higher specs of the 50D/7D were very tempting. I chose the D90 knowing that in a few months a D90 replacement would be announced.
I've been thrilled with my D90, and I'm sure if i had gone with the 50D I would've been happy as well. But if I had gone Canon 50D, the 60D offers nothing that would've made me want to buy it... in fact, there seem to be too many features stripped out.
Is it just me, or does Canon seem more 'market focus group' oriented than Nikon? I can see Canon becoming bifurcated with an eye on high end 1D Mk line, and the other eye cramming as much video features into an entry level DSLR as possible.
How the !@$# do you remove the af point selector joystick but keep the quick print button on an $1100 body-only DSLR? Are consumers so fixated on getting HD 60fps that they don't care if it's only 5fps with no af selector joystick? I just don't get some of the decisions with the 60D.