Canon Announces Development of the EOS R3 Full-frame Mirrorless Camera

Canon Announces the Development of the EOS R3 Full-frame Mirrorless Camera

Canon announced that the company is currently developing  the new EOS R3 full-frame mirrorless camera, which will feature a newly developed 35mm full-frame,  backlit, stacked CMOS sensor and a DIGIC X image processor. The new camera is designed to  provide the high-level basic functionality required to meet the needs of professional and enthusiast  users. 

The currently-in-development EOS R3 is based on the concept of high speed, high sensitivity and  high reliability. The EOS R3 will be introduced into Canon’s lineup of professional and enthusiast  cameras that includes the EOS-1D X Mark III flagship DSLR camera (released in February 2020)  and the EOS 5 series, including the EOS R5 full-frame mirrorless camera (released in July 2020).  The EOS R3 aims to provide professional-level quality for both stills and video capture, even for  moving subjects. 

The EOS R3 is the first EOS series camera to be equipped with Canon’s newly developed 35mm  full-frame backlit stacked CMOS sensor that makes possible high-speed readout. The camera also  features a DIGIC X image processor for high-speed image processing that realises high-speed  continuous shooting of up to 30 frames-per-second1(FPS) with AF/AE tracking when using the  electronic shutter. In addition, the camera significantly reduces image warping, a common challenge  with electronic shutters, and is also capable of capturing moving subjects with reduced noise in such  low-light environments as indoor areas or nighttime scenes. 

Alongside Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology—by which each pixel on the image sensor possesses  both image capture and phase-detect AF functionality, thus enabling high-speed, high-accuracy and  wide-range AF—the EOS R3 uses an algorithm that employs deep learning technology that enables  improved head and eye detection for human subjects as well as a new capability to detect subject  torsos. Thanks to this enhanced performance, the camera’s autofocus system provides high 

performance subject tracking, even during portrait photography and in scenarios with frequent  subject movement such as sports. Development is also underway to enable detection of additional  subject types.  

In addition, the EOS R3 is Canon’s first digital camera to feature Eye Control AF2functionality. When  shooting still images and looking through the viewfinder, this new feature enables the AF frame to  adjust according to detected movement of the user’s eye, making possible smoother shooting with  quick focus when transitioning between subjects. 

The EOS R3 answers the sophisticated needs of professionals by providing dust and water  resistance developed with each iteration of the EOS-1 series, body design with integrated vertical  hand-grip, reliability and ease of use, as well as compatibility with Canon’s Mobile File Transfer3,  announced alongside the EOS R3, which supports high-speed workflows. 

With the goal of expanding the possibilities of imaging for users, the EOS R system will continue to  expand its lineup of impressive cameras and RF lenses.


1 Continuous shooting framerate may decrease depending on the attached lens and/or shooting environment. 

2 This feature may not be useable depending on such factors as users’ wearing of sunglasses, hard contact lenses or  glasses for vision correction, as well as individual characteristics including eye size, eyelid thickness and eyelash length. 

3 Compatible with iOS only. EOS R3-compatible version requires paid purchase. Both wired and wireless connections  are supported, but wired connection requires compatible USB cable (purchased separately by user). 

* IOS is a trademark or registered trademark of Cisco in the U.S. and other countries and is used under license.

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