Canon has finally officially released EOS R3, the flagship mirrorless camera specifically designed for sports, action and wildlife photography. After months of rumors, we were finally able to learn the key data of R3 that has not been confirmed, including resolution, sensitivity range, and video shooting specifications.
If you hope that R3 will use higher resolution specifications, then you may be disappointed. The R3 is equipped with a 24.1 million pixel resolution and a back-illuminated stacked CMOS image sensor, which is indeed improved as a follow-up model of the 1DX Mark III. Although R3 is lower in pixels than 5D Mark IV’s 30.4 million, Canon claims that R3 “surpasses 5D Mark IV” in resolution.
Equipped with a back-illuminated stacked CMOS image sensor and the latest DIGIC X digital image processor, R3 can use the electronic shutter mode at a minimum shutter speed of 1/64,000 seconds, fully automatic tracking and exposure. High-speed photography at 30 frames per second in medium, or 12 frames per second with mechanical shutter. In order to optimize the experience of sports or action photography users, Canon has added a black-free continuous shooting technology in electronic mode in the R3. The high reading speed of the stacked photosensitive element can also minimize the impact of the jelly effect that is common and very annoying in high-speed photography. .
R3 is the first EOS camera that supports flash photography in the electronic shutter mode, allowing users to take continuous shooting at 15 frames per second without black screen at a shutter speed of 1/180 second. On the other hand, R3 also provides a silent shutter mode, which is convenient to quickly switch to silent shooting, which is conducive to stage or still photography.
R3 has also added several autofocus functions. The most eye-catching is of course the Eye Control AF function. When you press the shutter button halfway, R3 will focus on this position according to your angle of view to match the flexible area. Autofocus and subject tracking allow users to effectively “change targets from multiple subjects quickly.” Canon said that the eye-controlled focus function can be adjusted by the glasses or contact lenses worn by the user, and some glasses do not need to be corrected.
The new digital image processor and stacked photosensitive elements give the R3 more powerful autofocus capabilities. The Dual Pixel system is now able to focus, single-point, and flexible area autofocus in a low-light environment of -7.5 EV. In addition, as long as the focus point is placed close to the subject, such as animals or other people’s head, face or eyes, the focus point can automatically lock them.
In addition to focusing on the face, eyes, body or head, R3 also provides a unique “vehicle priority” tracking system for vehicles including formula cars, luxury wagons, rally cars, off-road motorcycles, and road motorcycles. Lock chase focus. If the system detects helmets on open-cockpit racing cars and motorcycles, they will also be tracked automatically.
The new photosensitive element will also provide excellent low-light performance, expanding the basic sensitivity range of R3 to 100-102,400, and can be set to expand to 50-204,800. Canon also guarantees that R3’s new artificial intelligence system will improve the performance of automatic/manual white balance.
Same as EOS R5 and R6, R3 adopts excellent five-axis image stabilization on the body, and can reach the highest level 8 stabilization under compatible lenses, and can also provide the lowest level 6 stabilization when using other lenses. The body is equipped with dual memory card slots, supporting one UHS-II SD memory card and one CFexpress Type B memory card.
The R3 uses a 5.76 million-dot OLED electronic viewfinder (EVF) developed by itself. The update rate of up to 120 frames per second is very attractive to sports photographers who need to shoot high-speed targets. Canon said: “Benefited by HDR technology and high-light performance, the new electronic viewfinder can provide clarity and viewing angle comparable to optical viewfinders.” On the other hand, the body display uses a 3.2-inch 4.15 million dot dual axis The multi-angle touch screen is good news for film users.
Although the above has always emphasized the advantages of R3 as a sports camera, in fact it can also provide good performance in video shooting. The R3 can record a 12-bit 6K widescreen (6,000 x 3,164) video at 60 frames per second with a CFexpress B memory card installed, and its performance in this respect even exceeds that of Panasonic’s mirrorless camera designed for video shooting. Camera S1H, but it is temporarily unclear whether it can output 6K RAW files through HDMI to other devices, such as Atomos or Ninja and other brands on the external screen of the camera.
In addition, R3 can also record 120 frames per second 4K video to the CFexpress card, and when it records 60 or 30 frames per second video, the entire width of the sensor can be used. No matter in HDR PQ or Canon Log 3 mode, users can choose to record 10-bit 4:2:2 color sampling 4K video, or choose to use All-I or long-GOP file compression system. Take the trouble to remind you once more, whether you are recording 6K or 4K videos, a high-speed UHS-II SD or CFexpress memory card is indispensable, and R3 also adds the function of simultaneously recording short videos to dual cards to avoid single If the memory card is damaged and all the clips are lost, it provides an extra layer of protection.
Like other Canon cameras, the lock focus function of the Dual Pixel autofocus system facilitates video recording. Unfortunately, the new eye-controlled focus function is only suitable for taking photos and not videos. Although we can’t confirm it until the actual machine gets started, recording video on R3 should also benefit from the newly added tracking focus function. On its peripheral jacks, there are ordinary microphones, earphones and micro HDMI connections.
The frequent overheating problem on R5 has also been improved on R3. Canon has added “Basic” and “High temperature” two temperature options that will automatically shut down. In the “High” option, R3 can record for more than 60 minutes. Although the practicality of 6K RAW or 4K All-I video at 60 frames per second is greatly improved, you may also need to be careful that the camera becomes too hot.There is no limit to the ordinary 4K video at 30 frames per second. The continuous recording time of the longest single video has increased from 29 minutes 59 seconds to 6 hours.
EOS R3 has a built-in Wi-Fi function in the 2.4GHz/5GHz band, which can be easily connected to computers, laptops and mobile phones for photo transfer and remote camera operation. It uses 1DX Mark III’s LP-E19 battery. According to official data, it can take 440 photos in the electronic viewfinder. In addition, it is also equipped with a new multi-function hot shoe, which can support more accessories including the multi-function hot shoe adapter AD -P1, you can use the dedicated USB cable to quickly transfer images and videos from the camera to the smartphone. Finally, in the specifications of the fuselage, it provides dustproof and water-resistant performance equivalent to the EOS-1DX series of SLR cameras, and the weight after adding the memory card and battery is 1,015 grams.
In addition to R3, Canon released two new lenses at the same time, including a small RF16mm F2.8 STM ultra-wide-angle lens, priced at 2,149 yuan. There is also the RF100-400mm F/5.6-8 IS USM Tianya Mirror, which is priced at 4,649 yuan. In addition to further expanding Canon RF’s product line, the affordable value of the two new lenses can also provide more choices for RF users with limited budgets.
With its excellent shooting and recording performance, I believe that R3 can attract many professional photographers with spending power. R3 will be launched at the end of November, with a net body price of RMB 36,999.