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Canon EOS R3 full-frame flagship mirrorless in the works

Canon to debut mirrorless full-frame flagship camera later in 2021

Canon EOS R3 full frame
Image by Canon USA

Canon has just announced the company is in development on a new flagship Canon EOS R3 full-frame mirrorless camera to sit above the R5. 

At first glance, the new R3 sports a more robust and beefier design with a built-in vertical grip a-la EOS-1D X Mark III, and appears to be a high-end model geared towards sports photographers.

And while features and specs are quite scarce at the moment, one could assume this would be a one powerful mirrorless camera. 

New RF Lenses 

In addition, according to Canon their upcoming EOS R3 will be an outstanding complement to the three new RF lenses the company also introduced today. 

These include the new Canon RF 100mm F2.8 L Macro IS USM, RF400mm F2.8 L IS USM and RF600mm F4 L IS USM.


Canon EOS R3 – a bridge between R5 and 1D X Mark III

Furthermore, Canon aims to usher in a new category to the EOS R system, by positioning the new EOS R3 between the Canon EOS R5 and EOS-1D X Mark III cameras.

Needless to say, the R3 will prioritize “superb AF performance and speed, with fast-moving subjects.” 

Back-illuminated, Full-Frame Stacked CMOS sensor

In a first for an EOS camera first, the new EOS R3 is said to feature a Canon-developed, full-frame stacked CMOS sensor with a back-illuminated design, providing substantially faster read-out speeds during still-imaging recording.

This completely new sensor is designed to produce less “rolling shutter” distortion during Electronic Shutter operation and offer continuous Electronic Shutter still-image shooting at speeds up to 30 fps — with full Dual Pixel CMOS AF and auto exposure.

Advanced Autofocus System with Deep Learning AI

Canon has also said their upcoming R3 camera will feature an advanced AF system, which will leverage technology and performance from the Canon EOS R6 and R5 cameras. In addition, the AF system will leverage Deep Learning AI technology to further enhance eye and body detection for even better performance during portrait and action-type shooting.

In addition, the EOS R3’s subject detection AF will offer new recognizable subjects for its AF system, bolstering its focusing capabilities during challenging shooting conditions.

The Electronic Viewfinder of the EOS R3 will offer photographers the ability to select the initial area for AF tracking by simply looking directly at the viewfinder location where they want to begin AF.

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With Eye Control AF2 and Servo AF activated, the camera will focus on and track moving subjects at that location in the frame. When Face Detect + Tracking is active, the camera will continue to follow moving subjects around the entire active AF area.

Canon EOS R3 front – image by Canon USA

High-Performance, Durable Body Design

More like a mirrorless camera in a pro DSLR body, the EOS R3 will feature a totally new camera design focusing on extended professional day-to-day use. According to the released photograph, we can see the new camera will feature a one-piece design, integrating the body with a vertical grip section.

And of course, with a pro body, users can expect weather and dust-resistance to be equivalent to that of EOS-1D class cameras. This is a must for nature, wildlife, sports and photojournalism content creators working in extreme conditions.

Tilta Cage for EOS R6 and R5 Available

In addition, news photojournalists will be excited to add the Mobile File Transmitter application for iOS and Android devices that will be available.

There is no info yet on official release date, however you can expect to see it sometime later this year. 

via Canon USA


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