So, Canon has finally let the cat out of the bag. Today, Lucy Hedges presented the new Canon EOS R3 in a big press event:
In the end, the previous leaks turned out to be correct. Canon positions the new camera between the R5 and the 1Dx III and fixes the price at €5,999 between these models. The camera is especially intended for sports and press photographers and is therefore primarily optimized for speed at the expense of resolution.
World first Eye-controlled AF
A world first for digital system cameras is the eye-controlled AF, which was introduced more than 20 years ago by Canon in the analog EOS 3 and 5 and then disappeared again into oblivion. According to the first reports, it now seems to work very well, at least in the sports sector, DPReview at least reports very enthusiastically about it.
In the end, however, the camera actually remains at the leaked resolution of 24 megapixels, which I no longer consider up-to-date for my applications - a pity. The Sony Alpha 1 proves that speed and resolution do not have to be mutually exclusive. It also manages a continuous shooting rate of 30 frames/second, but with a resolution of 50 megapixels, which is more than twice as high. However, it also costs $1,300 more than the R3.
I had pre-ordered the announced R3, but will now cancel the order. I will no longer get my hands on a camera with less than 40 megapixels of resolution. Since Canon has emphasized that the R3 should not be the top model in the mirrorless EOS R series, I hope for an R1 with a high resolution sensor and until then remain loyal to my proven EOS R 5. My trusted 5DSR can now also stay for now.
But if you want to order the new EOS R3, it is now available for pre-order at Calumet*. Delivery is scheduled for November.
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