The Canon EOS R3 is officially the most powerful sports camera ever – The Canon EOS R3 has just been bullied in a surprise “development announcement” from the camera giant and will be Canon’s most powerful full-frame camera for sports photographers.
A cross between a Canon EOS 1D X Mark III DSLR and a Canon EOS R5, the EOS R3 is practically a mirrorless flagship for sports and news professionals, promising lightning-fast 30 fps continuous shooting using the electronic shutter and some other dual-pixel CMOS -New generation auto focus functions. Most fascinating, however, is the new eye control feature that lets you move the autofocus point with your eye through the electronic viewfinder. It’s a feature we first saw on film cameras like the Canon EOS 3. We are therefore looking forward to testing the new version of the EOS R3.
When exactly we can do this, however, remains a mystery – Canon has yet to set a release date for its new mirrorless camera, and many details are missing too. For example, it is still unclear what resolution the new Canon sensor on the EOS R3 will have or how much the camera will cost. For now, here is everything we know about the Canon EOS R3, as well as our first thoughts on what it means for the highly competitive battle against mirrorless cameras.
Get to the point
- What’s this? Canon’s new full-frame mirrorless camera for professional sports photographers.
- When can i buy it? We don’t know yet, as Canon has only made a “development announcement” for the EOS R3.
- What are its properties? Confirmed features of the EOS R3 include a BSI (backlit) sensor developed by Canon, 30 fps continuous shooting with electronic shutter, an improved version of the Dual Pixel CMOS AF, a weatherproof housing and the ability to move the autofocus points with you Your eye through the viewfinder. We still don’t know the resolution of the sensor or the price.
Canon EOS R3 release date and price
Canon has not yet announced when the Canon EOS R3 will be fully launched or available for purchase. This is just an announcement of development, but if the launch of the Canon EOS R5 is something to build on, we can expect it to hit shelves in the next six months. The announcement of the development of the Canon EOS R5 was made in February 2020, and this camera went on sale in July 2020, so there was a five-month wait. However, the Canon EOS R3 is an ideal camera for sports photographers to compete in the Tokyo Olympics, which is slated to begin on July 23rd. It is therefore possible that the R3 will turn a little faster.
How much will it cost? Here, too, Canon has not yet given any official information. What the camera giant said, however, is that the Canon EOS R3 sits somewhere between the Canon EOS 1D X Mark III and the Canon EOS R5, so we can make some educated guesses about the price of these two cameras. The introductory body-only 1D X Mark III was $ 6,499 / £ 6,499 / AU $ 9,999 in January 2020, while the EOS R5 last arrived in July 2020 for $ 3,899 / £ 4,199 / AU $ 6,899. Given that the EOS R3 combines the best of both cameras in many ways and has a brand new sensor, we’d expect it to get closer to the former of these two cameras than the latter, but we’ll have to wait for the full performance announcement sure to know.
Specifications and functions of the Canon EOS R3
- It will have a new layered BSI CMOS sensor developed by Canon
- 30 fps continuous shooting with AF / AE tracking
- New eye control function for moving AF points with the eye
Canon has revealed some of the key features of the EOS R3, but much is still unknown. When it comes to music festivals, we know a few headliners, but a lot of the cast is full of question marks However, five great deeds have been confirmed. First, the EOS R3 will have a new stacked BSI CMOS sensor (backlit) developed by Canon. This is interesting for several reasons. It was originally developed by Canon and should therefore integrate well with the camera’s Digic X processor.
The big news, however, is that this full-frame sensor will have a “stacked” design, like the chip on the Sony A1 and what Nikon has promised for its upcoming sports flagship, the Nikon Z9. The advantages of stacked sensors are the speed of data reading, which generally means burst shooting and autofocus speed. What we don’t know yet is the sensor resolution of the EOS R3. Given that Canon bills it as a “high-speed camera” that can shoot continuously at 30 frames per second, we believe the EOS R3 is likely to be on the lower end of the megapixel spectrum. For example, the Canon EOS 1D X Mark III and Canon EOS R6 both have 20.1 MP sensors, so the EOS R3 could be between these models and the 45 MP EOS R5. Again, we can expect Canon to reveal everything in the coming months.
Perhaps more interesting are the Canon EOS R3’s autofocus capabilities. Canon has promised that the camera will have the next generation Dual Pixel CMOS AF capable of tracking the eyes, head and body of your subjects at high speed. Oddly enough, Canon said that a new subject will be added to the camera’s AF tracking, but it has “not yet been announced”. So far, the high-end cameras have been able to track people, animals and birds. What’s next, maybe insects? That would be impressive.
Whatever the new subject tracking function, it can be masked by the EOS R3’s other autofocus trick: the eye tracking function. What’s this? In the days of film cameras like the Canon EOS A2E (known outside of the US as the EOS 5) and the Canon EOS 3, Canon had a feature called “eye-controlled autofocus” that lets you select an AF point by simply looking in the viewfinder. It was impressive technology for the time, and Canon promised a “new and improved” version for the EOS R3. The main advantage of the feature is that the focus point may be located faster than using the buttons. and while the original embodiment of the technology was known as the little hit and miss, we’re excited to try Canon’s new eye control feature on the R3.
Aside from Canon’s new sensor and auto focus capabilities, the fourth big news announced for the EOS R3 is that it can shoot at 30 frames per second with full auto focus tracking and auto exposure using the electronic shutter. This is an impressive feature of the title, which is theoretically the same as the Sony A1’s maximum shutter speed but has many limitations.
First, Canon has not specified whether it is cropping or what file type is supported at a maximum speed of 30 fps: on the Sony A1, for example, you can record compressed raw data and JPEGs, but uncompressed or lossless raw files. Continuous shooting speed also depends on the lens you’re shooting with. It is therefore unclear which lenses support recordings at 30 frames per second. However, the Canon EOS R3 promises to be a fast, mirrorless alternative to the EOS 1D X Mark III for sports professionals. We still don’t know what type of video will be captured, what the resolution will be, or how much it will cost, but one final thing that we can be pretty sure about is that it will be of bombproof build quality.
Design and construction of the Canon EOS R3
- Same durability and weather resistance as the EOS-1 series
- Integrated handle for professional handling and battery life
- No news yet in the R3’s electronic viewfinder
- So far, Canon has only released two front photos of the EOS R3, but there are a few things we do know about the design of the camera.
First, Canon promises that the R3 will have the same dust and water resistance as its classic EOS-1 series DSLRs. These cameras are known as nearly indestructible professional cameras. So that’s good news for the longevity of the R3. As you can see in the photos, the R3 also has a built-in handle which not only makes it comfortable to use but also contains a large battery that should last the camera a lot longer than most current mirrorless cameras. It may be difficult to manage the 1D X Mark III’s 2,850 frames per charge, but we expect a huge improvement over the EOS R5’s meager 320 frames when using the EVF (or 490 frames when using the LCD).
As important as battery life to professional sport shooters is the viewfinder, but Canon has not yet provided any details on the EOS R3 EVF. We expect big things, however, as Canon has touted the “optical viewfinder” experience of the 1D X Mark III as one of the strengths the R3 will inherit from its DSLRs. So expect a very high resolution and refresh rate viewfinder that will meet the needs of professional sport shooters who can’t afford to miss a millisecond of action.