September 21, 2021

Canon Redefines Speed and Performance With The Latest EOS R3

Canon has announced the launch of the EOS R3, the most advanced and capable full-frame mirrorless camera to date in the EOS R series of cameras. It features a newly developed (approximately 24.1-megapixel) back-illuminated stacked CMOS sensor, new Eye Control AF, and is capable of recording 6K 60p RAW or 4K 120p 10-bit movie.

“The new Canon EOS R3 is the pinnacle of Canon’s most advanced EOS R system, made accessible to both enthusiasts and professionals alike. With stunning new features such as high-speed shooting capabilities, ultra-low light performance, advanced tracking and recognition capabilities for various applications such as sports and wildlife photography, the Canon EOS R3 will appeal to advanced enthusiasts, professional and hybrid shooters — delivering an unparalleled experience,” said Hunter Zhang, Director of the Imaging Communications Business (ICB) Division of Canon Marketing Malaysia.

Back-illuminated Stacked CMOS Sensor with DIGIC X

The newly developed 24.1-megapixel back-illuminated stacked CMOS sensor, combined with the DIGIC X image processor, powers the Canon EOS R3 with a host of ground-breaking features that makes it the finest mirrorless camera in the EOS R system line-up. A camera built primarily for speed, the Canon EOS R3 strikes a perfect balance between precision, performance, and image quality.

At approximately 24.1-megapixels, the Canon EOS R3 has approximately 20% more pixels compared to the EOS-1DX Mark III and EOS R6. However, it's resolution performance exceeds even the much higher 30.4-megapixel EOS 5D Mark IV.

High-Speed Performance

The electronic shutter and mechanical shutter of the Canon EOS R3 can reach up to 30 fps and 12 fps respectively with AF/AE tracking. It is also possible to achieve a shutter speed of up to 1/64,000 sec with the electronic shutter, allowing capturing of ultra-fast subjects or using large-aperture lenses under bright environments.

The Canon EOS R3 is equipped with dual card slots for a CFexpress (Type-B) card that boasts ultra-fast read/write speeds and an SD (UHS-II) card, allowing for fast and reliable recording of image data. Thanks to DIGIC X’s incredibly high-speed processing capability, it is possible to navigate menus and change settings while data is being written on a memory card.

Superior Image and Video Quality

For still photos, the Canon EOS R3 has a native ISO range of 100 to 102,400 (expandable to 204,800). For videos, the range goes from 100 to 25,600 (expandable to 102,400). Due to the increased readout speed achieved by the stacked CMOS sensor, rolling shutter distortion has been reduced to a minimum, which is particularly useful when shooting fast- action sports or panning rapidly.

10-bit HEIF file format is also available in the Canon EOS R3. HDR-PQ-like JPEG images with improved highlight gradations can be converted from HEIF files in-camera. With the HDR mode, users can achieve a single high dynamic range HEIF file from 3 HEIF composites automatically in as quickly as 0.02 seconds, making handheld HDR shooting an absolute breeze.

Like the EOS R5 and R6, the Canon EOS R3 comes with In-Body Image Stabilisation (In-Body IS) of up to 5.5 stops. When paired with compatible RF lenses, the effectiveness can go up to 8 stops, making long exposure shooting without a tripod a cinch.

To meet movie production needs, the Canon EOS R3 is capable of recording 6K 60p RAW or 4K 120p 10-bit movie at the full-frame angle of field. High quality 4K 60p (oversampling from 6K) is also available for those who demand the very best quality. Canon Log 3 and HDR PQ are available, providing flexibility to match various post-production workflows.

Intelligent and Precise Focus

For the first time since the EOS 7s (released in 2004), the Canon EOS R3 features the game-changing Eye Control AF function, which allows users to select a focus point by purely using the movement of the eye. Multiple LEDs and sensors inside the newly developed EVF detect eye movement quickly, allowing photographers to instantly shift between different subjects without the need to fiddle around with buttons and controls. This helps them to quickly shift between AF targets, particularly when photographing motorsports and fast-moving subjects.

Eye Detection AF on the Canon EOS R3 has been enhanced further with deep-learning technology. The camera is now able to focus on the eye even if the face is partially covered or masked. Head Detection AF has also improved further; even when athletes are wearing helmets or goggles, stable focusing can still be achieved in high-speed sports photography.

A newly added Vehicle Priority AF will also excite motorsport photographers. The AF can now detect automobiles and motorcycles with great precision. It can even detect the helmets of drivers when Spot Detection is enabled.

Another benefit from the high readout speed of the new sensor, combined with the processing power of DIGIC X, is the enhanced tracking accuracy. The Canon EOS R3 can perform up to 60 fps of AF calculation and tracking. This is three times what the EOS-1DX Mark III and EOS R5 can achieve, making it a breeze to track subjects that turn and change directions rapidly, such as ski racers or motorsport athletes.

With its low-luminance AF limit of EV-7.5, the Canon EOS R3 can focus on subjects in an environment so dark that it is almost pitch black to the human eye.

Seamless Connectivity for Swift Transfer

The Canon EOS R3 has some of the best connectivity features in any Canon camera. Featuring Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and GPS as standard modes, a dual-band Wi-Fi that supports FTP and FTPS are also available, along with WPA3 for added security. For press photographers, wired LAN connectivity offers blazing-fast transfer of files to remote FTP, FTPS or SFTP servers. All these are achieved without the need for any additional accessories.

For high-speed transfer, Mobile File Transfer allows the camera to transfer files quickly to a smartphone via a USB cable. By utilizing the ultra-fast 5G mobile network, the files can be transferred to remote servers swiftly.

Durability and Operability

As a professional-grade mirrorless camera, the Canon EOS R3 shares the same dust and drip resistance performance and shutter durability as the EOS-1DX Mark III. It is equipped with a 3.2-inch (3:2) Vari-angle LCD touch screen, a first for a professional body. It also boasts a resolution of approximately 4.15-million-dots, the highest ever in any Canon camera.

Canon has also developed a new 5.76-million-dot OLED EVF for the Canon EOS R3. With a refresh rate of up to 120 fps, the highly responsive EVF not only makes panning comfortable on the eye, but also reduces time lag during continuous shooting. Featuring the same Smart Controller which first debuted on the EOS-1DX Mark III, it allows the user to quickly move the AF position around and double up as an AF-ON button.

Compatible with the proven LP-E19 high-capacity battery pack, photographers can be assured of a full day of shooting on a single charge. When the need arises, the battery can be charged using a mobile battery that supports Power Delivery (PD) via a compatible USB-C cable.

Despite its imposing look, the Canon EOS R3 is 15% shorter than the EOS-1DX Mark III and weighs 30% lighter (CIPA standard). At 822g (body only), the Canon EOS R3 is also lighter than the EOS 5DS.


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