Canon is hoping that an number of new additions to the 300D will give it the edge over its competitors. The 350D will feature a 8 megapixel CMOS sensor in a unit 14 per cent lighter and 22 per cent smaller than the current model.

The new model which will retail for around £800 in the UK (with lens) will also use the same processor that powers its EOS 1D-Mk II model. The DIGIC II image processor allows the ESOS 350D to snap 3 frames per second, 14 frame burst operation, slightly higher than its predecessors 2.5frames per second and 8 frame burst rate.

Canon has also said that it has increased the start up time to 0.2 seconds.
The camera will also feature an manual ISO range of 100 - 1600 and 3 AF modes. It will also be available as without lenses in a body only option costing £749.99.

To coincide with the launch of the new model Canon also announced the launch of a new dedicated 60mm lens for the camera and its D-SLR EOS range.