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Gordon Laing gets his hands on (sort of) the upcoming Canon EOS R3

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Canon today announced new features and specifications for the Canon EOS R3. Before we get too excited, Gordon was not able to touch or turn the camera on and test any of the features.

The above video will give you a great look at the ergonomics of the Canon EOS R3.

Canon EOS R3 Specifications:

  • Full-Frame Stacked BSI CMOS Sensor
  • Multi-Controller & Smart Controller
  • Vari-Angle Touch Screen
  • NEW accessory shoe
  • Wifi 5GHz
  • High speed 30fps electronic shutter with AF/AE tracking + RAW shooting at this speed
  • AF down to -7.0 EV
  • 8 Stops Coordinated Control IS with Optical IS and In-Body IS
  • 4K Canon Log3​
  • Oversampling 4K
  • Internal RAW video
  • Inclusion of cars and motorbikes in AF tracking technology
  • RAW internal movie recording
  • Speedlite shooting with electronic shutter
  • The same weather sealing as the EOS-1D series
  • LP-E19 Battery
  • Compatible with SD and CFExpress cards. (Unknown if they’re separate slots or dual-purpose).


CR Pro
Dec 27, 2015
Northeastern US
After seeing these specifications along with SD and CFExpress cards I am on the fence if I should buy R3 or not. I am still waiting for the official announcements to learn more, but at this stage I would like some insights into the following:

1) What exactly does Canon mean that the DPAF has enhance tracking for people and animals? Is the tracking significantly better than the R5. Is the enhancement quad-pixel AF?

2) Can the electronic shutter be used at speeds other than 30 fps like 10 fps or 20 fps? Many times I have a need for 10 fps and silent shutter and just do not need 30 fps.

3) Lastly, what is the resolution of the sensor? I a still hoping for 30 MP, but my gut is saying it may not be more than 24 MP.
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CR Pro
Aug 29, 2016
No details as to whether you can recover highlights if you are 8 stops over-exposed.... what will the Internet talk about today then?
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I post too Much on Here!!
CR Pro
Jan 29, 2011
I think it is becoming pretty clear that the R3 is to the R1 what the R6 is to the R5. Most of the people in this thread have been hoping the R3 is what the R1 will actually be, yet the R5 basically already does for them.
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Aug 26, 2015
The R1 has to top -7EV, so it will be able to focus with the lens cap on.
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Grab your camera, go out and shoot!
Feb 12, 2014
Frankfurt, Germany
I'd call this the R3 series, with cliff hangers and the burning question what will happen in the next episode... Another burning question will finally be the pricing.
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CR Pro
Sep 17, 2010
While expected, I am pleased to see the battery confirmed. There had been some speculation that the R3 might have two LP-E6NH in it. But, the R3 will be sporting elite weather sealing and a higher volt battery.


Not bring on the sensor size and get it into the hands of testers!
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CR Pro
Aug 24, 2017
Seems ok, but I think I'll hold out for 20 Stops of Coordinated Control IS so that I can handhold those night time Milky Way shots...
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CR Pro
May 14, 2020
I believe the R3 has to be a direct competitor to the Sony A1—and at-the-same time, be an improved R5. This means it should have at least 45MP, 4K oversampled from 8K, eliminate all recording limitations. I would buy such a beast!
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Wildlife enthusiast!
Jun 14, 2020
I was hoping for higher MP, and this is not promising. Too bad as I would have put in a preorder. But it sounds like the R3 is going to make reach-limited subjects even smaller, which is not what I am looking for in a wildlife body.

Reach will continue to be an issue for me until Canon develops lighter weight high performing telephotos.

What I don’t understand is why Canon is stating this body will compete with the A1 and Z9 if it will have half the MPs. Also, why the big marketibg hype about undercutting the competition when you are selling something that isn’t in line with those products anyway?
Hopefully Canon is just playing games anf does have a sensor of at least 30MP-45MP. Maybe they are scared of advertizing 8k again if it is limited recording time again.Fingers crossed for better news but I am prepared to be disappointed.
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R5 + 1DX3
CR Pro
Jan 21, 2018
New York
30MP isn't exciting either but one can hope for that over 20MP! Look, if the initial acquisition/pickup is as good as 1DX3, I'm gonna be happy. Shooting warblers with the R5 was dreadful (and I love my R5) If higher MP then lovely. Shooting 4K 120 needs to be included too, but anything more would be bonus. I'm definitely excited about the accessory shoe (XLR adapter please!)

I think this is a great stop-gap camera - there sure is a lot to love already. Is it perfect? What camera is? I'm likely getting it anyway... ha ha ha!!! Ohhhh boyyyyyy
Jun 2, 2021
I have no idea why Canon keeps crippling their high end cameras with a dedicated SD card slot. CFExpress are cheap enough now that the cost justification doesn't hold up for the price of the body. Hopefully the R3 is dual-purpose slots, but knowing Canon they'll hold that for the R1
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Jan 22, 2012
As of now, I think R5 will be my camera. This is nice, but nothing really compelling to upgrade. R5 rocks!
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