Canon EOS R3 might not be available until mid-2022, says the camera giant

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Canon has taken the unusual step of issuing an apology regarding delays in upcoming products, including the Canon EOS R3, with worryingly distant estimates for their delivery.

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The latest “Wapology and Guidance Regarding Product Supply Status” notice on Canon Japan’s website is a far cry from earlier this year’s notice, but it unusually includes an estimate for the delay. For the Canon EOS R3 and the new RF14-35mm f/4 L IS USM lens, that delay means “when you place a new order it can take more than half a year to deliver.”

The EOS R3 may be a relatively niche camera considering it’s a professional mirrorless body priced at $5,999 / £5,879 / AU$8,599. But it is still a very shocking delay, which was announced in September.

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Canon’s official reasons for the delay are that “we have received orders for each of the following products exceeding expectations, and delivery is delayed due to the impact of global parts supply.”

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In a previous statement on September 16, Canon warned of possible delays to the EOS R3 and several of its upcoming RF lenses, due to what it claimed was unexpected popularity. But this is the first time it has acknowledged “the impact of the global parts supply,” in what seems like a pivotal moment that hints at issues to come in 2022 for the camera industry as a whole.

If you’ve already ordered one of Canon’s recent RF lenses, the news is a little better on that front. Today’s statement said the RF16mm f/2.8 STM, RF100-400mm f/5.6-8 IS USM and RF400mm f/2.8 L IS USM are all still being shipped, but “takes longer than usual to deliver”. It might seem.”

Canon says it “sincerely apologizes for the long wait,” and if you’ve already ordered the Canon EOS R3, the wait could be within that six-month estimate. But for those who haven’t ordered the mirrorless powerhouse, you might have to wait until mid-22nd to get your hands on it.

Analysis: A camera signal delays the arrival

From PS5s to MacBooks and cars, global chip shortages have cast a big shadow over much of this year’s technology — and cameras haven’t escaped supply chain issues.

Over the past few months, we’ve seen Sony warn of expected shipping delays for five cameras, including the Sony A7s III, Sony A6400 and Sony ZV-E10 – and Fujifilm apologizes for the delay in its much-anticipated XF33mm f/1.4 lens. Is. The likes of Laova and Ricoh also had to either delay the release or warn of a shortage of supplies.

But this means that Canon is far from apologizing alone, it’s the six-month delay scale for the Canon EOS R3 that’s a bit shocking. Given that the EOS R3 is an expensive professional camera, it’s unlikely to impress many, but it does suggest it’s likely to be equally affected by the now-usual shipping delays for new products next year.

The latest Camera and Imaging Products Association figures for October show that camera shipments are still down compared to last year, and it doesn’t make up for the overall trend of declining sales – the global parts shortage was undoubtedly a big impact, too. .

It’s a shame for the camera industry and photographers in general – and as we’ve mentioned before, the global chip shortage is more complicated than it looks. This means that, while some have predicted the issues will be resolved in 2022, Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger has predicted it won’t end until 2023, at least for laptops.

Until then, the best advice is to pre-order your new products as soon as possible – or follow our tips and tricks on how to improve your photography without buying a new camera or lens.

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