Canon EOS R3: Mirrorless bolide offers 30 frames / sec. and much more

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Announced in spring and tested by selected Canon partner photographers for a few months, Canon is introducing its first “large” DSLM, the EOS R3. The large body with the portrait format handle in the style of the Canon EOS 1 series is primarily aimed at professional photographers. The price for the tool is around 6,000 euros.

Sensor developed in-house

With the EOS R3, Canon is getting a bang and has been using an in-house development for the sensor for a long time. As if that weren’t enough, the new sensor is also the first stacked, back-exposed (stacked BSI) CMOS sensor in a camera from the EOS series. With regard to the resolution, there was previously much speculation with values ​​of 50 to 60 megapixels. With “only” 24.1 megapixels, however, the Canon EOS R3 is thinking about other factors.

Together with a modified Digic-X processor, continuous shooting of up to 30 RAW images is possible, with active focus tracking. The electric shutter also allows an exposure time of up to 1 / 64,000 second. The ISO light sensitivity is 100 to 102,400 and can be increased to 50 to 204,800 if necessary.

Intuitive autofocus

According to the CIPA guidelines, the autofocus should represent the fastest focusing of a full-frame camera on the market. In addition to eyes, objects and animals, the EOS R3 also offers a new type of focus tracking and selection. The so-called “Eye Controlled AF” enables the user to focus on the object by looking at it in the viewfinder. For this purpose, infrared sensors are built into the viewfinder that measure the eye. The EOS R3 offers a total of 4,779 focus areas.

Real flagship for video too

The EOS R3 should also show off in the video sector. Recordings are possible in up to 6K DCI at 60p. In the conventional UHD format, up to 120p can be recorded. Video recordings up to 60p can also be recorded indefinitely. At higher frame rates, the temperature may lead to shorter recording times.

A flagship in all respects

Like the Canon EOS R5, the EOS R3 also has an integrated stabilizer. The option for the internal stabilizer and lens stabilizer to work together has also been adopted. So up to 8 f-stops should be able to be compensated.

  • Canon EOS R3

    Canon EOS R3 (Image: Canon)

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    The rear monitor supports touch gestures and has a diagonal of 3.2 inches with a total of 4.15 million pixels. It can be fully rotated and swiveled. The electric viewfinder measures 0.5 inches and offers 0.76x magnification and an update rate of 120 frames per second. The resolution is 5.76 million pixels.

    Canon EOS R3 and EOS 1D X Mark III

    Canon EOS R3 and EOS 1D X Mark III (Image: Canon)

    As known from the EOS-1 series, the housing offers numerous quick selection buttons as well as an integrated portrait battery grip. The lithium-ion battery of the type LP-E19, which is already used in the EOS 1D X Mark III, should allow up to 620 pictures via the viewfinder or up to 860 pictures via the monitor. With the battery and memory card inserted, the EOS R3 weighs a total of 1,015 grams – for comparison: the EOS R5 weighs 738 grams and the EOS 1D X Mark III 1,440

    The housing is made of a magnesium alloy and sealed against dust and splash water in accordance with IPX2. In terms of connectivity, the Canon EOS R3 offers everything that photographers currently need. The USB connection (USB 3.2 Gen 2 USB C) is not used for data transfer, but can also be used to charge the battery and operate the camera. This means that it can also be charged and operated with a correspondingly powerful power bank. An HDMI output is used to connect an external monitor. In addition to headphones and a microphone connection, the EOS R3 offers WLAN according to IEEE802.11a / b / g / n / ac, Bluetooth 5 and a gigabit network connection. There is no integrated GPS – but the EOS 1D X Mark III offers it.

    A CFexpress and an SD card slot are available for storing the recordings. The first type of memory card is also a prerequisite for using the 6K video function. There are also innovations in the accessory shoe. Although this still has the conventional TTL contacts for external flash units, it now also offers additional contacts for power supply and data transmission, as is known from some Canon camcorders. For example, the new Canon ST-E10 flash transmitter on the new shoe can wirelessly control up to 15 Speedlite flashes. As a drawback, it should be noted that if older TTL flash units (5-pin connection) are used, the new contacts are exposed and the weather protection is thus impaired. To get around this, Canon offers an adapter (Canon AD-E1) at a price of around 60 euros.

    Speaking of the price – Canon puts this comparatively low at around 6,000 euros. Canon offered around 4,500 euros for the presentation of the EOS R5. The price for the DSLR brother EOS 1D X Mark III was 7,300 euros. The new mirrorless bolide should be available from November.

    Canon is ahead of Nikon

    A month before Canon, competitor Nikon already revealed the work and initial information on the first mirrorless flagship in the style of the “single digit”. Both the Nikon Z9 and Canon EOS R3 have been spotted at the Tokyo Olympics in recent months. With today’s concept, Canon is ahead of the adversary. Canon will present the EOS R3 to a broad live audience at PHOTOPIA in Hamburg from September 23 to 26, 2021.

    It is still uncertain when Nikon will follow suit. The Photokina, which is otherwise used for such performances, announced its final end in autumn 2020. It seems unlikely that Nikon will wait until CES 2022, so an idea before Christmas is realistic.

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