Canon has officially announced the development of what they are referring to as the first in a “new category to the EOS R system”, the full-frame EOS R3.
According to Canon, the EOS R3 will fit somewhere between the EOS R5 and the EOS 1D X Mark III in terms of performance and will also be their first camera to feature a Canon developed full-frame stacked CMOS sensor with a back-illuminated design.
The newly designed sensor is said to produce less rolling shutter distortion during Electronic Shutter operation and be capable of continuous Electronic Shutter still-image shooting at speeds up to 30 fps with both full Dual Pixel CMOS AF and auto exposure.
There is one thing to note however, Canon does stipulate that continuous shooting speeds may decrease depending on the lens in use and/or shooting conditions.
The R3 will also feature an improved version of the autofocus technologies found in both the EOS R5 and EOS R6 cameras, including body and eye-detection, that will work better during action-type shooting by utilizing Deep Learning technology.
The R3’s Subject Detection AF will also offer new “recognizable subjects” helping to improve it’s focusing capabilities in challenging situations.
The Electronic Viewfinder (EVF) will feature Eye Control AF allowing users to select the initial AF tracking area by simply looking directly at the viewfinder location where they want to begin AF.
If both Eye Control AF and Servo AF are activated, the R3 will focus on and track moving subjects at that location in the frame and when Face Detect + Tracking is active, it will continue to follow moving subjects around the entire active AF area.
The R3 will feature an entirely new (for the EOS R series), one-piece body design, that integrates the body with a vertical grip section and offers weather and dust-resistance equivalent to that of EOS-1D class cameras.
Canon also mentions a newly developed (and not yet available) Mobile File Transmitter application for iOS and Android devices designed to make it easier for users, such as photojournalists, to transfer images to their mobile devices, will also work with the camera when it’s released.
Unfortunately, at this time, Canon makes no mention of a release date or price for the camera, but we eagerly await to share more information once it becomes available.