The Canon EOS R3 is the hot topic in the Canon camp right now. Development of the new camera was announced in April and Canon’s already teasing us with more information about it with features like oversampled 4K video and new AI-powered vehicle tracking AF for motorsports shooters.
Most of us have only seen photos so far, but Gordon Laing managed to not-quite-get-his-hands-on the real thing. In an in-person briefing by Canon about the new camera, he got to at least see one (well, a pre-production model) up close – even if they wouldn’t let him turn it on and use it, or even touch it.
The specific features mentioned in the video aren’t that different from those Canon published themselves, but Gordon talks over the general look of this pre-production unit, the layout, the features suggested by its overall design, the ports, the new multi-function hotshoe and how it compares physically to the Canon EOS 1DX Mark III as well as how some of the features are expected to stack up between the two.
The EOS R3 shares obvious design inspiration from both the EOS 1DX Mark III, as well as its EOS R5 sibling. It’s slightly smaller than the 1DX Mark III, but the similarity in appearance is quite striking. It even uses the same battery.
Although Gordon didn’t get to actually try shooting with this one yet, or even hold it in his hands, it’s an interesting insight into the direction this camera may be going as it gets closer to release.