If you’re a fan of Canon’s EOS R series of mirrorless cameras, chances are, you’ve been waiting for the new flagship model they’ve been teasing the last few months. Well, it’s finally here in the form of the Canon EOS R3.
Billed as the outfit’s “most technologically advanced full-frame mirrorless camera,” the device brings in features from both the popular EOS R5 and the outfit’s flagship EOS-1D X line, essentially bridging the gap to give users a professional-grade camera in a more compact and affordable package. They’re touting it as an excellent camera not just for nature and wildlife photography, but for the high-octane sporting events we’re going to be seeing as the world reopens and large crowds return to stadiums and arenas.
The Canon EOS R3 is equipped with a 24.1-megapixel backside-illuminated stacked sensor that’s paired with the outfit’s Digic X image processor, allowing it to shoot at 30fps in electronic shutter mode and 12fps with the mechanical shutter, with full autofocus tracking and auto-exposure. More impressively, the electronic shutter can be used to photograph those fast-paced sporting action, with its blackout-free flash shooting up to 15 fps and high readout speeds creating minimal rolling shutter distortion. There’s also a silent shutter mode that turns off all those artificial shutter and autofocus sounds, so your camera can be dead quiet for those stealthy nature shoots.
A number of autofocus features are onboard. The Dual Pixel CMOS AF II, for instance, provides 1,053 AF points for stills and 819 for video, while the EOS iTR tracking AF can be set to detect people, animals, or vehicles, depending on what you’re filming. There’s also Eye Control AF that locks onto whatever you’re looking at when you half-press the shutter button (as in, it will guess whatever in the scene your eye is fixed onto), which can be used with flexible zone and subject AF tracking. They even have a “Vehicle Priority” tracking system for shooting during races.
The Canon EOS R3 has a five-axis in-body stabilization system that delivers eight stops of shake compensation when used with the outfit’s own lenses (and similar compatible lenses) and six stops with non-compatible lenses. Low-light shooting should be a breeze with an ISO range of 100 to 102,400 for stills (expandable to ISO 50 to 204,800), while dual card slots ensures you can keep backups on the fly. Out back, there’s a 5.76-million dot electronic viewfinder that boasts 100 percent frame coverage, 0.76x magnification, and 120 fps speeds, putting it on par with the performance of its optical counterparts, while a fully articulated 3.2-inch touchscreen lets you see a live view of the proceedings.
For video, it can shoot RAW 12-bit 6K widescreen video at up to 60 fps and 4K recording up to 120 fps, so filmmaking buffs will have plenty of uses for this thing, as well. Other features include dual-band Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 5.0 for network streaming and connectivity functions, a bevy of ports, a one-piece magnesium alloy design, and a weather-resistant build.
The Canon EOS R3 comes out in November, priced starting at $5,999.