As expected, Canon has reacted to the announced professional cameras from Sony (Alpha 1) and Nikon (probably Z1) by announcing the development of the new Canon EOS R3.
There is not much information available yet. According to initial informations, the camera will have a stacked CMOS sensor, just like the Sony Alpha 1 (this is a first for Canon). With a stacked sensor, initial image processing and storage is integrated directly on the sensor chip, which can drastically speed up readout speed and also image processing. As a result, the continuous shooting speed is claimed to be up to 30 frames per second with the electronic shutter, with only a slight rolling shutter effect. Very exciting is the fact that the EOS R3 - for the first time for a digital system camera - will feature an eye-controlled AF. This allows you to set the focus area just by looking at it in the viewfinder. This feature was already available on the analog Canon EOS 3 - which is probably where the name of the new camera comes from.
A first teaser video from Canon can be found on Youtube:
Hier ein Link zur aktuellen Presseveröffentlichung von Canon:
Canon announces development of the EOS R3 full-frame mirrorless camera that delivers high speed, high sensitivity and high reliability to expand users’ range of photographic possibilities
Further information, especially about the price and the resolution of the sensor, is not available yet. According to Canon, the camera should be located in the portfolio between the R5 and the 1DX III, which would then also narrow down the price range somewhat. In any case, I expect an amount beyond $6,000.
Canon has also announced the new RF 400mm f/2.8L IS USM and RF 600mm f/2.8L IS USM super telephoto lenses at the same time as the EOS R3. These will be optically identical to the corresponding EF versions III and apparently only have the mount converter permanently integrated to compensate for the shorter flange distance of the sensor. In addition, the focusing distance indicator window is missing. An RF macro lens with 100mm focal length has also been announced.
It is expected that the first EOS R3 cameras will already be available for the Tokyo Olympics, at least for some selected photographers. I am very excited!