I've been looking to upgrade for a while but haven't pulled the trigger yet. Now my battery on my Digital Rebel (originall 6MP version) died and I have a few choices.
I can buy a new Canon T1i to replace my old camera
I can buy a new battery and wait to see what replaced the Canon 50D
Or I can just purchase a 50D now and not wait.
The reason for waiting would be to see if the 60D or whatever replaces the 50D can record video like the T1i. This feature while not incredibly important is nice to have as I don't carry around a video camera and sometimes I wish I could catch a video of my son.
While I would not use all the features of the 50D I find it to be more larger then the current Rebel lineup which feels small in my hands.
I do know that any of these cameras would be a huge step up for me as the Rebel has started to feel very limiting especially with how slow it is when viewing pictures or trying to capture something that moves fast (my son).
I was waiting to purchase the 50D but now that the T1i came out I just can't decide if I should pull the trigger buy the T1i or wait for the replacement.
Also I had looked at the 40D but the one feature I do like in the 50D is the facial recognition of focusing for when my wife is taking pictures as I'm tired of everything being out of focus when she grabs the camera.
Also those saying to look at Nikon I have and I don't like the feel or layout as much. This is a personal preference and nothing against Nikon and probably just do to the fact I'm used to Canon products.