Canon officially introduced this week its much anticipated pro-level advanced full-frame mirrorless camera — the EOS R3 with new performance tools that will be especially useful for photo journalism applications.

Despite having powerful 4K video recording tools, the camera is positioned first and foremost for professional and advanced action and portrait photographers behind its full-frame (35mm equivalent) image sensor with 24.1MP resolution, and highly accurate and fast Dual Pixel Auto Focus system.

The fast readout sensor enables continuous shooting of up 30 frames per second, with no viewfinder blackout and controlled rolling shutter. This also enables a flash sync speed of 1/180 sec.

The camera is capable of capturing up to 6K RAW (6000×4000) image files.

The camera will be available in November at $5,999 suggested retail price for the body only.

According to Canon, the new camera was developed to “bridge the gap between the immensely popular EOS R5 and the world-renowned Canon flagship EOS-1D X line.”

The EOS R3 is also the first “3” series camera from Canon since the widely used EOS-3 film camera launched in 1998, while bringing a mirrorless alternative to the company’s EOS-1D X Mark III.

Among the camera advancements, the Canon EOS R3 said to have highly accurate AF performance at speeds necessary for shooting fast-moving subjects. This is especially useful for professional and advanced sports and wildlife photographers.

The new 24.1-megapixel back-illuminated stacked full-frame CMOS sensor is the first of its kind from Canon and when combined with the DIGIC X image processing engine it provides high-speed readout with continuous blackout-free shooting at up to 30 fps in electronic (silent) shutter mode and up to 12 fps in mechanical shutter mode, with minimum rolling electronic shutter distortion.

Canon said the combination also increases the high sensitivity, light-capturing efficiency of a native ISO range of 100-102400, expandable up to 204,800 for still images.

“Like the EOS R5 and R6, the camera features the improved Dual Pixel CMOS AF II with 1,053 AF Points and evolved EOS iTR tracking down to EV -7.5 for subjects such as eye, face, head, animals, and select cars and motorcycles.

The camera also includes up to 8 stops of in-body image stabilized (IBIS) shake correction.

The camera’s deep-learning technology enhances eye and body detection for improved performance in portrait and action shooting. The new 5.76-million-dot and 120fps blackout-free Electronic Viewfinder enables selecting the initial area for AF tracking by looking directly at the viewfinder location where the AF is to begin. This Eye input AF and Servo AF system will then focus on and track moving subjects at the desired location in the frame.

When Face Detect + Tracking is active, the camera will follow moving subjects around the entire active AF area.

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The camera’s video recording capability will record 6K/60p RAW (and RAW Light) format and 4K/120p 10-bit uncropped video with Canon Log 3 support, in addition to allowing for oversampled 4K and RAW movie internal recording.

Canon Log 3 serves to reduce highlight clipping. The camera supports color gamut options including BT.709 and BT.2020, while cinema gamut acts to maintain consistency of color and tonality.

The coordinated 5-axis IBIS shake reduction works to correct unwanted camera movement in video recording even without the use of lenses equipped with Optical IS.

The EOS R3 is equipped with a new multi-Function shoe that will accept a wide range of accessories including Canon’s Speedlite EL-1, and new items such as an External Mic, the ST-E10 Speedlite Transmitter and a Smartphone Link Adapter.

A Mobile File Transmitter application for iOS and Android devices will be available to easily and quickly transfer images wirelessly. Connectivity features include built-in wired LAN, 5GHz Wi-Fi, USB, and Bluetooth technology.

The Canon EOS R3 includes dual card slots, with support for CF express and UHS-II SD, respectively.

The camera body features one-piece magnesium alloy construction and includes an integrated vertical grip.

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By Greg Tarr

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