Canon today announces the highly anticipated EOS R3. The full-frame mirrorless camera offers the proven reliability and speed of the Canon EOS-1 series with the innovation and versatility of the ground-breaking EOS R system. The EOS R3 is expected to be available from November 2021 at an RRP of €5,999.00. The camera will also be presented to the public for the first time at PHOTOPIA in Hamburg on the Canon stand in Hall A4.
Developed based on feedback from the most demanding professional press and sports photographers, the EOS R3 features more than 100 improvements. The result is an absolute powerhouse for sports, action and reportage photography, with unbeatable speed and responsiveness, dramatically simplified workflows and the highest level of interactive experience. With its brand new, innovative 24.1-megapixel sensor, the EOS R3 offers the optimum balance of power, resolution and speed. These are ideal prerequisites for gaining a decisive advantage in the highly competitive professional photography industry.
The future is fast
Thanks to the new 24.1 Megapixel Back-illuminated Stacked CMOS sensor, the EOS R3 enables lightning-fast shooting with improved response time. The powerful sensor almost completely eliminates the rolling shutter effect and offers shutter speeds from 30 seconds to 1/64,000th of a second(1). This allows even the fastest subjects to be frozen in their motion. The electronic shutter allows shooting in RAW format with full AE and AF tracking and up to 30 frames per second. You can also choose to shoot at 15 or 3 fps. In addition, for the first time, the electronic shutter supports not only Canon flash units, but also those from third-party suppliers. Canon has eliminated the traditional weaknesses of electronic shutters and introduced flicker detection, which corrects flickering light sources to prevent banding or colour and exposure problems.
The EOS R3's high speed doesn't stop at continuous shooting: it extends to focusing as well. With a focus time of just 0.03 seconds, it's the fastest camera in the EOS R series(2) to date, making it perfect for unpredictable action in sports and reportage. The EOS R3 is equipped with Dual Pixel CMOS AF II, based on improved Deep Learning algorithms. It uses AF tracking to detect the heads, eyes, bodies and faces of people and animals when shooting stills and video. Specifically for motorsport photography, Canon has developed a Vehicle Detection and Tracking function to professionally track motorbikes, open cockpit race cars, GT and rally cars - with the ability to prioritise focus on the vehicle or the driver's helmet. Eye, Face, Head and Body Detection are now available in all AF modes and the new Flexible Zone AF allows you to choose the size and shape of the AF area. In addition, the EOS R3 allows reliable focusing in light conditions as low as -7.5 EV(3), making it one of the most capable low-light cameras on the market.
For optimal control over all autofocus options, the EOS R3 offers three different ways to set AF points: the fast Smart Controller, the precise Multi Controller and instinctive Eye Control AF. The latter provides a natural connection between the camera and the photographer. This intuitive method of defining the AF point moves the focus point exactly where the photographer is looking.
The in-camera 5-axis image stabiliser can be combined with the optical image stabiliser of selected RF lenses to provide industry-leading compensation of up to eight stops of exposure.
Quickly on the spot, quickly at the destination
In professional photography, it is not only the speed with which a moment is captured that matters. It's also how quickly that moment is relayed to editors. The EOS R3 has a range of professional connectivity options - including built-in Bluetooth version 5.0 and 5 GHz(4) Wi-Fi - to streamline workflows and make it easy to connect to a smartphone or Wi-Fi. The integrated high-speed Gigabit Ethernet connection is ideal for sports arenas and allows wired data transfer at top speed. If you're in a hurry, you can also transfer images via FTP. Network settings can be shared with the EOS R5(5) and EOS-1D X Mark III.
The camera can be controlled remotely via a mobile device using the Canon Camera Connect app or via an Ethernet connection using the Browser Remote function. The Browser Remote function was already particularly popular with the EOS-1D X Mark III. It allows users to control metadata, view and download images remotely. In addition, users will be able to use the Canon Mobile File Transfer (MFT) App(6) to transfer photos to FTP/FTPS/SFTP servers via a smartphone. Future enhancements to the app will include the conversion of voice recordings to text to further simplify the application for professional users. The new AD-P1 smartphone adapter allows an iOS or Android mobile device to be mounted on the multi-function accessory shoe, making it particularly easy to transfer photos via the new MFT App(7). With the Canon Camera Connect app, the EOS R3's firmware can now also be updated via smartphone - a first for an EOS camera.
Fascinating video shooting possibilities
Like the EOS R5, the EOS R3 takes Canon's hybrid offering to the next level - fulfilling professionals' desire to capture the action in both high-quality stills and stunning, high-definition video. The EOS R3 offers powerful video capabilities and shoots in 6K 60p RAW resolution, offering 50 per cent more detail than 4K. With 6K CRM RAW files, exposure and white balance can be corrected after shooting to ensure stunning image reproduction. The camera records 4K footage at up to 60p with 6K oversampling to enable the highest possible 4K film quality. Great for fast and dynamic sports, the EOS R3 records 4K 120p video for stunning slow motion in 4K resolution. It's now possible to record up to six hours of regular video, as well as 1.5 hours of high frame rates of 119.88/100p.(8)
The EOS R3 is designed to give rival professionals an edge - and that includes video. To reduce file size and speed up the video workflow, CRM light or MP4 footage can be recorded in All-I, IPB or the smaller IPB Light option. A choice of bit rates covers every conceivable need and storage requirement. Two card slots, including a UHS-II SD card slot and the ultra-fast CFexpress card slot, allow recording of 6K RAW video and support simultaneous recording on both cards in MP4 format(9). This provides fail-safe backup of important recordings. Canon's renowned Log 3 enables 10-bit internal recording to achieve greater dynamic range. To minimise the need for editing or grading the footage in post-production, it is also possible to record directly in 10-bit HDR PQ. The EOS R3 is ideal for reportage: it features Canon's new multi-function accessory shoe and is compatible with the newly launched DM-E1D stereo directional microphone. The microphone offers digital signal processing and is powered via the camera. Two-channel recording with professional XLR microphones is possible via the TEAC Tascam CA-XLR2d-C XLR adapter, which is also new.
Intuitive operation at a new level
Canon's latest mirrorless camera offers the speed and familiarity of the EOS-1 series. It features a new Canon-designed, high-quality electronic viewfinder with 5.76 million pixels and uninterrupted subject viewing. With a refresh rate of up to 120 frames per second, it provides a virtually instantaneous viewing experience at full resolution that rivals an optical viewfinder. Fans of a DSLR's optical viewfinder can activate the new OVF simulation mode. Shutter lag can be reduced to an astonishing 20ms - less than half that of a conventional camera. This allows the EOS R3 to shoot almost instantly when the shutter button is pressed. The new high-resolution 4.1 million pixel rotating and tilting touchscreen delivers more detail than ever before and offers tremendous flexibility in shooting perspective. The EOS R3 combines existing EOS ergonomics with new controls and a range of new customisation options for familiar yet advanced control. These include shutter sounds with volume control. To save time when switching between different camera bodies, personalised settings can be easily copied to the memory card and archived. The EOS R3 uses the same LP-E19 battery as the EOS-1D X Mark II and EOS-1D X Mark III, enabling extended shooting times and greater compatibility with existing DSLRs.
The EOS R3 also features a new lightweight magnesium alloy body with dust and splash protection for use in harsh conditions. Weather protection is fully maintained even when using existing Speedlites when connected to the newly announced AD-E1 multi-function accessory shoe adapter. The EOS R3 also powers the new compact Speedlite Transmitter ST-E10 via the Multi-Function Accessory Shoe, which enables remote triggering of multiple Speedlites via radio.
The EOS R3 is an ultra-fast, responsive camera that gives sports and news photography the competitive edge needed to deliver the best shots.