the 50D is NOT available for sale. Canon will release it to the market in October. The places advertising it on stock are just lying, they'll take your money now and will ship it in October. These are just pre-orders.
1200 GBP? I think I'll plan a trip to the UK in October and sell a bunch of these babies
Here in the U.S. they will cost half that price.
My friend works for Canon and he was sent to Hawaii to grab shots with this camera for advertising.
I'll get the link later today and will post it here so you can all see some of the photos.