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Possible unannounced Canon digital SLR spotted and photographed in Africa (updated)  
Monday, January 23, 2012 | by Rob Galbraith
While on a shoot in Kenya, photographer and Aperture Academy instructor Stephen Oachs came across someone taking pictures with the upcoming Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS II USM Extender 1.4x, EF 600mm f/4L IS USM and EOS-1D X.

But that's not the only gear that caught Oachs' attention. He also spotted - and took a photo of - the same man snapping away with what looks like an as-yet-unannounced Canon digital SLR, one whose button placement and other features distinguish it from existing models and could well be a replacement for either the EOS 5D Mark II or EOS 7D, or something else altogether.

While rumours of new Canon digital SLRs are a dime a dozen, and too often the product of an overactive imagination, Oachs' convincing photo of the camera would seem to be a bona fide scoop.

Revealed: A screenshot from Stephen Oachs' post on the Aperture Academy blog

Update, January 24, 2012: Oachs has written a second post which goes into more detail about how he crossed paths with the apparent new Canon camera. He says:

"While photographing a Cheetah on a Thompson Gazelle kill, we first spotted the Japanese Canon employee. He stood out because of the array of naked lenses (no skins/coats/protection) and the bright colored sticker labels on the tops. We immediately recognized the anticipated 200-400mm with built-in tele but at this time did not take any photos. Scott did his best to speak with the man who, via his driver helping to translate English to Japanese, confirmed he worked for Canon and that it was the upcoming 200-400mm Canon lens. At this time we had not yet seen the 600mm or the new Canon camera body.

Three days later, in another location of the Masaii Mara, where we were shooting wildlife, we again ran across the Japanese man. This time we noticed the 600mm Canon lens prototype and the new camera body, so we decided to take a few pictures, first just to zoom in to see what it might be. We quickly realized that this camera was something not yet released, thus we decided to share the images on this blog."

Oachs' update includes a downloadable RAW file of the photo that accompanied yesterday's post, for those who want to examine every detail of the camera's top and back.
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  • Larger sensor at the heart of 14.20 million image pixel Canon Powershot G1 X (January 9, 2012)
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