Canon Europe today announces the long-awaited EOS R3 – a powerhouse for sports photography and reporting. Combining tradition with state-of-the-art technology, the EOS R3 offers all the familiarity and speed of Canon’s highly regarded EOS-1 Series, with the innovation and versatility of the pioneering EOS R System.
Designed with input from the most discerning photojournalists and professional sports photographers, the EOS R3 features more than 100 improvements over Canon’s mirrorless and DSLR models. The result is a camera that dramatically simplifies workflows and takes the connection between camera and photographer to new levels for unmatched speed and responsiveness. Ç
w ith an all-new and innovative 24.1 megapixel sensor, the EOS R3 offers the perfect balance of performance, resolution and speed, so that sports photographers and photojournalists have a camera that beats the competition.
the future is fast
Taking advantage of the pioneering new overlay-backlit CMOS sensor, the EOS R3 offers ultra-fast image capture and enhanced responsiveness. The powerful sensor almost completely eliminates shutter exposure distortion and, with the fast shutter speed, which offers values ranging from 30 seconds to 1/64000th of a second, it helps sports photographers capture the fastest of subjects. Using the electronic shutter, photographers can shoot up to 30fps with AE and AF tracking, even in RAW files, as well as options to shoot at 15fps and 3fps.
The electronic shutter can also be used, for the first time, with Canon or third-party flashes. Eliminating the traditional flaws of electronic shutters, Canon introduced Flicker detection and a High Frequency anti-flicker shooting mode to identify and correct flickering light sources and prevent streaks or color and exposure issues.
The EOS R3’s high-speed performance is not limited to frames per second, it extends to focusing as well. Capable of focusing in 0.03 seconds, the EOS R3 is the fastest camera in the EOS R System to date – perfect for capturing the unpredictable action in sports and reporting. Supported by Dual Pixel CMOS AF II technology, the EOS R3 features an enhanced Deep Learning algorithm, offering AF tracking with detection of human and animal eyes, faces and bodies, as well as detection of human heads, in both still photography and video.
Designed with motorsport photographers in mind, Canon has also introduced a vehicle tracking function to remarkably track motorcycles, open cockpit Formula cars, GT and rally cars – with the ability to prioritize the vehicle or helmet of the driver. Eye, face, head and face detection is now available in all AF modes, as well as a new Flexible Zone that allows users to select the size and shape of the AF Zone area. The EOS R3 sets a new standard with its ability to focus in lighting conditions as low as -7.5 EV – making it one of the most low-light capabilities cameras available on the market.
To maximize control over all these AF options, the EOS R3 offers three different ways to select AF points: the smart fast controller, the precise multi-controller and the instinctive Vision Control AF. Vision Control AF provides a more natural connection between camera and photographer. This intuitive and pioneering AF point selection method moves the focus point wherever the photographer looks. In situations where the story can unfold quickly, this allows photographers to instinctively focus the action with just one look.
Improving handheld shooting capability and on-the-move production of steady videos, the built-in 5-Axis Image Stabilizer can be combined with Optical Image Stabilizer on select RF lenses, and delivers industry-leading performance with up to 8 steps.
For professional photographers working in the field, it doesn’t just matter how fast they capture a moment, but also how fast they can send it to newsrooms and editors. With a range of professional connectivity options, including Bluetooth version 5.0 and built-in 5GHz Wi-Fi, the EOS R3 simplifies workflow and connecting to a smartphone or Wi-Fi network.
Ideal for sports arenas, the built-in Gigabit Ethernet port allows for a high-speed wired connection. When speed is really important, photographers can transfer images to clients via FTP. For EOS R5 and EOS-1D X Mark III users, network configurations can be shared between the three cameras.
Users can control the camera remotely from a mobile device using the Canon Camera Connect app or the Remote Browser function via an ethernet connection. A popular feature of the EOS-1D X Mark III, the Remote Browser function also allows users to change metadata, browse and download images remotely. Users will also be able to use Canon’s Mobile File Transfer (MTF) – a mobile application for professional photographers that transfers images from a mobile device to an FTP/FTPS/SFTP server.
Future improvements to the application will include the conversion of voice messages into text, making it easier for professionals to use. A new smartphone mount accessory for the EOS R3, the Smartphone Link AD-P1, allows users to mount their iOS or Android device on top of the Multi-Function Shoe Adapter and easily transmit images via the new MTF app. The Canon Camera Connect app now allows you to update the EOS R3 firmware via your mobile phone – a first for EOS cameras.
Amazing video capabilities
As with the EOS R5, the EOS R3 takes Canon’s hybrid offering to the next level – meeting photographers’ demand to capture the action in both high-quality stills and stunning high-resolution video. Offering powerful video capabilities, it captures images at 6K 60p RAW resolution, which offers 50% more detail than 4K. With 6K RAW CRM files, exposure and white balance can be corrected after shooting to ensure superb image reproduction.
4K files up to 60p are over-sampled from 6K onwards, ensuring the highest possible 4K video quality. Excellent for high-speed, dynamic sports, the EOS R3 captures both 4K and 120p images to achieve impressive 4K resolution in slow motion. It is now possible to record up to six hours of normal video, or 1.5 hours at high frame-rates of 119.88/100p.
At its core, the EOS R3 is designed to help photographers outperform their competitors – and the same goes for video. To reduce file sizes and speed up video workflows, CRM Light or MP4 files can be saved in All-I, IPB or the lighter IPB Light option, allowing users to select from a range of data ratios. bits to meet your requirements and storage requirements. Dual card slots, including a UHS-II SD card slot and the ultra-fast speed CFexpress, make 6K RAW video recording possible and support simultaneous recording to both cards in MP4, providing a proof-proof backup. glitches for the most important images.
The highly regarded Canon LOG 3 allows 10-bit internal recording to achieve greater dynamic range, or 10-bit HDR PQ that minimizes the need for image editing or grading in post-production. Great for reporters on the go, the EOS R3 features Canon’s new Multi-Function Shoe and is compatible with the newly released DM-E1D Directional Stereo Microphone with digital processing – powered by the camera – and the TEAC Tascam CA-XLR2d-C adapter XLR, which allows recording to two channels with professional XLR microphones.
An instinctive filming experience
Offering all the speed and familiarity of the EOS-1 series, Canon’s latest mirrorless features a newly developed high-quality, blackout-free (darkening) electronic viewfinder with 5.76 million dots, with reduced delay and a refresh rate of up to 120 fps at full resolution, for a viewing experience that rivals an optical viewfinder. Together with the new OVF visualization simulation wizard, the display offers richer tones and greater dynamic range. Shutter lag can be reduced to an amazing 20ms – less than half of a conventional camera, for almost instantaneous capture when the shutter button is pressed.
The new high-resolution 4.1 million dot variable-angle touchscreen offers more detail than ever before, and greater shooting angle flexibility thanks to its ability to tilt and swivel to a variety of positions. Combining existing EOS ergonomics with new controls and a host of new user customization options, including shutter sounds with volume control, the EOS R3 delivers familiar yet advanced control. To save time when switching between camera bodies, photographers can easily copy and save custom settings to memory cards. Using the same LP-E19 battery as the EOS-1D X Mark II and EOS-1D X Mark III, the EOS R3 allows for extended usage time and greater compatibility with existing DSLRs.
The EOS R3 features a new lightweight, water- and dust-resistant magnesium body for use in harsh conditions. Weather resistance can be maintained when using existing Speedlites by connecting them to the newly announced AD-E1 Multi-Function Shoe Adapter. The EOS R3 also powers the new compact Speedlite Transmitter ST-E10 via the Multi-Function Shoe, which gives photographers the ability to remotely control multiple radio Speedlites.
The EOS R3 is an ultra-fast, highly responsive camera that gives sports and news photographers the competitive edge they need to get the winning shot.
Also launched today are the RF 100-400mm F5.6-8 IS USM and the RF 16mm F2.8 STM, two powerful new RF objectives that bring new focal lengths to the range.