Melville, NY—Canon USA announced the next generation of its full-frame mirrorless cameras—the professional-grade Canon EOS R3. The interchangeable-lens camera (ILC) leverages technology advancements that Canon has developed since the original EOS R launch in 2018.
Moreover, the ILC bridges the gap between the EOS R5 and the Canon flagship EOS-1D X line. The EOS R3 is also the first Canon “3” series camera since the EOS-3 film camera launched in 1998.
Further, to meet the reliability and durability demands of professionals working in challenging conditions, it boasts an advanced AF system that captures fast-moving subjects.
“The launch of the EOS R3 sets a new benchmark for the Canon EOS R camera system. Canon listened carefully to the voices of professionals when developing a camera to meet their standards,” said Tatsuro “Tony” Kano, executive vice president and general manager of Canon USA’s Imaging Technologies & Communications Group.
“The EOS R3 is a monumental evolution in digital imaging technology. I look forward to seeing the camera in action on the sidelines of sporting events and in the hands of nature and wildlife photographers across the globe.”
Canon EOS R3 Specs
The core of the EOS R3 is a Canon designed and manufactured 24.1-megapixel back-illuminated stacked CMOS sensor. What’s more, the sensor is the first of its kind from Canon. Combined with the Digic X processor, it delivers a high-speed readout that allows for continuous blackout-free shooting at up to 30 frames per sec in electronic (silent) shutter mode. It also offers speeds up to 12 fps in mechanical shutter, with minimum rolling electronic shutter distortion.
Furthermore, like the EOS R5 and R6, the R3 employs improved Dual Pixel CMOS AF II technology with 1,053 AF points. It also uses evolved EOS iTR tracking down to -7.5 EV for subjects such as eyes, faces, heads, animals, as well as select cars and motorcycles. Plus, the camera achieves up to 8 stops of in-body image stabilized (IBIS) shake correction.
Canon leveraged technology and performance feedback from the EOS R5 and EOS R6 when engineering the R3. Consequently, it uses Deep Learning technology to enhance eye and body detection for better performance during portrait and action shooting.
Another enhancement is the ILC’s new 5.76-million-dot, 120-fps blackout-free electronic viewfinder. The EOS R3 also provides photographers with the ability to select the initial area for AF tracking by looking directly at the viewfinder location where they want to begin AF. With eye input AF and servo AF activated, the camera focuses on and track moving subjects at that location in the frame. In addition, when face detect + tracking is active, the camera continues to follow moving subjects around the entire active AF area.
Pro-Grade Video Features
What’s more, the EOS R3 camera has upgraded video specs. It can shoot 6K 60p RAW and 4K 120p 10-bit uncropped video with Canon Log 3 support. It also offers the possibility for oversampled 4K and RAW movie internal recording. Canon Log 3, frequently used in cinema production, helps to reduce highlight blowouts.
In addition, industry standard BT.709, BT.2020 color gamuts as well as cinema gamut help maintain color and tonal consistency. Further, coordinated 5-axis IBIS aids in correcting operator motion or shaking, providing dependent video capturing even when using a lens without built-in optical IS.
The camera also integrates Canon’s next-generation multifunction shoe that is compatible with a variety of accessories; for example, the Speedlite EL-1, as well as the new ST-E10 Speedlite transmitter, external mic and smartphone link adapter.
And for transferring files, the camera works with the R3 Mobile File Transmitter app for iOS and Android devices. As a result, photographers can transfer images without the need for wired LAN equipment. However, the camera also features built-in wired LAN; 5GHz Wi-Fi; USB; and Bluetooth technologies. And dual card slots support one CFexpress and one UHS-II SD memory card.
Finally, the camera boasts a one-piece magnesium alloy design; an integrated vertical grip; as well as weather and dust resistance equivalent to EOS-1D camera models.
The Canon EOS R3 full-frame mirrorless camera will launch in November 2021. It will have a suggested retail price of $5,999.