Canon’s top-of-the-line mirrorless camera, the EOS R3 will finally go on sale in the UK this November with a body-only price of $6,000, or £5,880.
It’s not exactly affordable, but then again, this camera – a replacement for Canon’s pro-level 1D-X – is aimed at professional photographers seeking truly elite performance. The heart of the camera is a 24.1-megapixel back-illuminated CMOS sensor, paired with Canon’s top-of-the-line Digic X processor. Canon believes the combo allows the R3 to produce eye-watering 14-bit raw files at up to 30 frames per second.
It’s not just fast with shooting – auto focus can lock in just 0.03-milliseconds and has intelligent algorithms to detect and track people’s eyes, vehicles or even helmets. It can also clearly track your own eye movements while using the viewfinder and you can focus on whatever interesting points you happen to see. It sounds amazing, but I’ll reserve judgment on how well it works when I can actually put it to the test.
It’s that incredible speed that is the main draw of the R3 over others, which are further below such limits.. Professional sports or news photographers need ultrafast shooting to make sure they capture the exact moment a basketball gets slam-dunk or the perfect punch is thrown in a boxing match. More speed means more potential for that cover-story-worthy shot.
It also packs with other top-end features including 6K video (with Canon’s Log3 format for better post-production), HDR video, 4K video shooting at 120 frames per second and built-in Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and Ethernet. has been done. Image transfer to news desk. It also has dual memory card slots for CFExpress and SD cards.
It’s physically larger than more consumer-focused cameras like the EOS R5, with the size and button layout designed to be instantly familiar to users upgrading from the EOS 1D-X. This is an RF-mount camera, supporting Canon’s growing selection of RF lenses.
Speaking of which Canon is also launching two new lenses; There’s a 100-400mm f/5.6-f/8 image-stabilized zoom lens and a 16mm f/2.8 prime lens that’s smaller, lighter, and made with vloggers in mind. The 100-400 zoom will cost £700 ($969, converted), while the 16mm prime will cost £320 ($443, converted).