Well, it might cost $6,000 and have a feature set that blows the Canon EOS 1DX Mark III away in most respects but apparently, the Canon EOS R3 isn’t classed as a flagship model. In an interview with Canon’s David Parry at The Photography Show in England last week, it was revealed that Canon doesn’t consider the EOS R3 to be a flagship camera mainly because it doesn’t have the durability of the 1DX series.
Sure, the EOS R3 might contain a lot of features similar to the 1DX Mark III, be targeted towards a similar target market, and even be much better in many ways, but nope, not a flagship. All this despite the fact that it’s currently Canon’s most expensive RF mount camera, with a price on par with former flagship DSLRs from both Canon and Nikon.
The EOS R3 has the weather sealing and dust protection of the 1DX Mark III, although Canons says it’s not as durable. So, it’s not going to be able to take quite the beating that the 1DX series often does when used in harsh conditions. For some would-be users of this camera, that won’t be much of a concern but if you’re travelling into the arctic wastelands or a warzone, it’s an important consideration.
David didn’t confirm or deny whether an EOS R1 true flagship model is on the way, but I think it’s pretty obvious that it must be. After all, they can’t really say that the EOS R3 isn’t a flagship and then not have one, can they? After all, the EOS 1DX Mark III does still beat the EOS R3 in a few ways, like the aforementioned durability, but also mechanical shutter framerate, buffer size and more.
It makes you wonder, though… When a $6,000 camera isn’t considered a flagship, just what the EOS R1 will be able to do in comparison and how much that one is going to cost. Given how good the EOS R3 already appears to be, though, I think we can expect a hypothetical EOS R1 to be something pretty special!