Canon has now officially announced the EOS R3 mirrorless camera and yup, it’s $5,999

Sep 14, 2021

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

Sep 14, 2021

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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So, I have to start this post by saying that I was wrong. I really didn’t expect the Canon EOS R3 to come with a $6K price tag at all. I figured it would be closer to something like the Sony A9 II’s $4.5K, but nope. Canon has now officially announced their latest EOS R3 mirrorless camera and it is indeed $5,999. When you look at the specs, though, it sure makes sense.

The new full-frame sports, wildlife and photojournalism flagship from Canon shoots 24.1-megapixel images at up to 30 frames per second (with the electronic shutter), full-width 6K RAW video at up to 60fps and 4K video at up to 120fps as well as bringing back a Canon classic; Eye Control AF. Oh, yeah, and it also has a flippy out LCD.

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The Canon EOS R3 is built primarily for the speed and reliability that fast action sports photographers and photojournalists depend on to earn a living. It’s the first “3-series” canon since the film days, and it brings with it a film-era feature in the form of Eye Control AF. It also offers a number of other improvements over the EOS 1DX Mark III it replaces as Canon’s main speed demon.

Sensor26.7-megapixel full-frame BSI Stacked CMOS
Lens MountCanon RF
Max resolution24.1-megapixels
File formatRAW, JPG, HEIF
Bit-depth14-Bit
ISO 100-102,400 (ext 50-204,800)
Stabilisation5-axis in-body image stabilisation sensor-shift (up to 8 stops in combination with IS lenses)
Continuous shooting12fps (mechanical) / 30fps mechanical
6K VideoFull-width 6K 3:2 (5952 x 3968) 12-Bit RAW at up to 60fps (up to 2600Mb/sec)
4K Video4K DCI (4096 x 2160) & 4K UHD (3840 x 2160) at up to 119.88fps / 4:2:2 10-Bit
HD VideoFull HD (1920×1080) at up to 119.88p
Focus typeDual Pixel CMOS AF II, Eye Control AF
AF Points1053 phase detection
Viewfinder5.76m-dot EVF
LCD3.2″ 4.15m-dot Articulating Touchscreen LCD
Card slotsDual: CFexpress Type B and UHS-II SD
ConnectivityWiFi, Bluetooth, USB 3.1, Micro HDMI, 3.5mm headphone, 3.5mm microphone, RJ45, PC Sync socket
Dimensions150 x 142.6 x 87.2mm
Weight1015g (with battery and memory)
Launch price$5,999

Aside from its speed, the big stand out feature on the Canon EOS R3 is the Eye Controlled AF. Featured back in 35mm SLRs like the Canon EOS 5, it’s been notably absent from Canon’s digital offerings until now. Canon says that the system is easily to calibrate and can even be synced up between multiple bodies via memory card to make sure your backup acts exactly like your main body.

Eye Control AF in action through the EVF. An indicator shows where the photographer is looking and the camera’s focus follows.

As well as the LCD on the EOS R3 being of the articulated flippy out variety, it’s also extremely high resolution. The 3.2″ 4,150,000 pixel touchscreen LCD is a pretty big improvement over the 2,100,000 pixel LCD of the Canon EOS 1DX Mark III and EOS R5. It’s clear that the camera is aimed as much towards video as it is towards stills and it appears to be no slouch at either.

A first for Canon, too, is another big feature on the EOS R3. The electronic shutter actually works with third-party flashes. So, if you’re dealing with low light and want to add a pop of flash on a quick burst, you’re able to. Although, the EOS R3 has respectable high ISO performance, too, with a native range going up to 102,400 (expandable up to 204,800). You also get up to 8 stops of image stabilisation when combining the 5-axis sensor-shift IBIS with the stabilisation built into Canon’s IS lenses.

Another new feature to help speed up the workflow when shooting in fast-paced environments is a multifunction hotshoe that’s quite reminiscent of Sony’s. It allows you to power accessories directly from the camera’s hotshoe, such as the new Canon DM-E1D on-camera microphone or the ST-E10 flash trigger – both of which were also announced today. The new multifunction hotshoe also allows digital two-way data communication, letting your camera pull the audio feed straight from the shoe or send more detailed flash information to your trigger. No extra batteries or cables to worry about. Just slot it on the shoe and you’re good to go.

You can find out more about the Canon EOS R3 on the Canon website, where they have a nice side-by-side comparison showing the major specs vs the EOS 1DX Mark III DSLR and the EOS R5 mirrorless camera.

The Canon EOS R3 is available to pre-order now for $5,999 and is expected to start shipping in November. How large the supply will be at that time, though, remains to be seen. So, if you’re dead set on getting one, you’ll want to pre-order sooner rather than later.

Now I’m really curious how expensive the Canon EOS R1 is going to be!

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John Aldred

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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2 responses to “Canon has now officially announced the EOS R3 mirrorless camera and yup, it’s $5,999”

  1. Joost Avatar
    Joost

    hope the new hot-shoe is not too much like Sony’s (thinking off all the sad OCF photographers), next to that; awesome new features.

  2. Rolland Elliott Avatar
    Rolland Elliott

    I’ll wait several years till the price is 1/4 what it is now. one thing is for sure digital camera value always plummets!