All in all, it's a minor upgrade in terms of technology, but that still keeps it toward the front of the pack in terms of entry level SLRs. Given that it's expected that it'll be the camera of choice for people stepping up from digital compacts, it makes sense that it'll record its images to an SD card instead of a CF. Like the XSi, it has two methods of autofocus in Live View mode. The contrast-based version works without blacking out the viewfinder, but is slower than the phase detection type, which has to flip up the mirror and block out the live view while focusing. Neither of these two options is as smooth as the one in Sony's A350, which employs a second sensor so that you get uninterrupted live view while focusing. Along with the camera announcement, Canon has let loose an update to its 430 EX flash, which will be called the 430 EX II. Again, the updates are minimal and include a more-rugged metal shoe, a new locking mechanism, similar to the one found on the flagship 580EXII flash, third-stop increments in manual mode. The flash head covers a range of 24-105mm, can be extended to 16mm with the flip-down diffuser, and can rotate 270-degrees and flip upward 90 degrees the same as its predecessor. In wireless mode, it can act as a slave, but not as a master, so you'll still have to use a 580 EXII or Canon's ST-E2 Speed light Transmitter if you want wireless control with the EOS system. It's really time for Canon to build wireless control into their cameras instead of making you buy a separate unit or pricey flash to get that capability. No US pricing or availability date have been set yet for the newest Rebel.