Slowly, more information about the new Canon EOS R3 have been leaked, also two new images of the camera are available, revealing some interesting details. For example, the R3 will be the first “professional” Canon body to feature a rotating and swiveling monitor. The AF-ON button with integrated smart controller, which was highly praised in the 1DX III, also seems to be present.
Other features have also been revealed:
- The AF system can track besides people and animals also in motorsports (cars / motorcycles).
- The AF should work down to a light value of -7 (only LW -6 on the R5)
- It also has a stabilized sensor
- It will also be possible to use electronic shutter with a speedlight
- The hot shoe has additional contacts (for microphones / other accessories??)
- The R3 uses the same LP-E19 battery as the 1DX III
- It can record 4K videos internally with oversampling, also in RAW format
- CFexpress and SD cards are likely to be supported as storage media (as with the EOS R5)
- It has an integrated Ethernet port and WLAN with 2.4 and 5GHz
- The price is supposed to be around 6000 US$
Canon emphasizes that the R3 will not be the “top-of-the-line” body of the EOS-R series, so there is probably still room upwards. Unfortunately, there is still no further information about the sensor resolution of the R3. However, it is interesting to read between the lines of the announcements so far:
Canon promises that the new EOS R3 can record 4K Video with oversampling, but 8K video is not mentioned. A sensor resolution of just under 10 megapixels is sufficient for native 4K video, every higher resolution allows oversampling, so this can already be achieved by the EOS 1DX Mark III or the EOS R6 with their sensor resolution of only 20.1 megapixels. For 8K Video, on the other side, a sensor resolution above 40 Megapixel is needed.
Therefore, it is to be feared that the R3 will have a lower sensor resolution than the R5. That would be very unfortunate and would be a significant disadvantage compared to the already available Sony A1 and the announced Nikon Z9, which both support 8K video. If this turns out to be true, I guess I would have to keep waiting for an EOS R1 😉
Addendum from July 9th, 2021
Rumors are increasing that the R3’s sensor resolution will “only” be around 30 megapixels. Furthermore, the camera is not expected to be released until September of this year, so there is still time for speculation. Who knows, maybe Canon is reading this and will increase the sensor resolution until then 😉
Addendum from July 7th, 2021
The R3 seems to be used at the Olympic Games, which started today in Tokyo, Japan. Unfortunately, I don’t have any further information (especially about the sensor resolution), but there is a new promotional video from Canon:
All in all, the video does not contain any new information, but at least more different perspectives of the new camera. The controls seem to be very similar to those of the 1 series bodies. However, the camera is explicitly advertised as “4k video” capable, 8k video is not mentioned, so it seems that the sensor used will indeed have a lower resolution than the one used on the R5. I suspect it will actually contain “only” 30 megapixels.