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Canon EOS R3 Full-Frame Mirrorless Camera (2021)

MSRP 5999 USDNeoscore 92%NEX score 88%

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Product Overview

Canon EOS R3 is a new professional sports / action camera for the company's full-frame mirrorless RF system. It signals the end of Canon's commitment to DSLRs, for its feature set and form factor, while not vastly superior, clearly outstrip that of Canon's last DSLR flagship, the 1DX Mark III.
Like the 1DX Mark III and the EOS R5, the EOS R3 features a DIGIC X image processor. With the removal of the OVF, however, the R3 is markedly lighter than the 1DX-III. As expected, the R3 has more powerful video recording capabilities, including support for 6K 60p in RAW, 4K 120p, and 4K 60p down-sampled from 6K.
Compared to the R5, the R3 uses the same EVF, but its LCD is upgraded to a 4.15-million-dot unit. It also flips out, which used to be a consumer-grade feature (but due to demands from YouTubers has crept to the professional grade.
It is uncertain whether Canon will release an even more upscale model, perhaps named the EOS R1. In fact, we speculate that the R3 was to be named the R1, but since Sony released the A1 Canon may feel the need to reserve the R1 moniker for a future model.

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Ratings

What we found**

Neoscore: 92% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Fully articulated LCD
  • Exceptional battery life
  • Built-in GPS functionality
  • 8 stops of IBIS
  • Extraordinary 30.0 fps burst rate
  • Weather-sealed
  • Supports CFExpress card
  • High resolution EVF
  • Supports both WiFi and Bluetooth
Cons
  • Very heavy
  • Viewfinder with low 0.76x magnification

What external reviewers found***

NEX score: 88% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Superb 4k video quality
  • Excellent build quality
  • Excellent image quality
  • Good battery life
  • Excellent support for Canon professional services
Cons
  • Not as powerful as the 1Dx Mark III
  • No macro focus bracketing
  • No autofocus
  • Fingerprint sensor could be better
  • Can’t shoot in 4K/60p
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Specifications

Connectivity

Ports
HDMI + Headphone + Microphone + Remote Control + USB 3.2 Gen 2
Wireless Connectivity
802.11ac + Bluetooth

Construction

Adjustment | Tilt
Fully articulate LCD
Form Factor
Mirrorless camera
Image Size
Full frame (36 x 24 mm)
Lens Mount
Canon RF-mount
Material
Magnesium alloy
Microphone
Stereo
Misc
Low Pass Filter
Sensor | Resolution
24 MP (6000 x 4000)
Sensor | Type
Stacked CMOS
Speakers
Mono

Dimensions

Size | Depth
87 mm / 3.43 in
Size | Height
143 mm / 5.63 in
Size | Width
150 mm / 5.91 in
Weight
1015 g / 35.87 oz

Display

Display Diagonal
3.2 inch
Display Type
Fully articulated TFT LCD
Resolution
4,150,000 dots
Viewfinder | Coverage
100%
Viewfinder | Magnification
0.76x
Viewfinder | Resolution
5,760,000 dots
Viewfinder | Type
Electronic

Function

AE Bracketing
±3 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
Autofocus
1053 focus points
Crop Factor
1.0
Exposure Compensation
±3 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
Exposure Mode
Auto / Aperture Priority / Shutter Priority / Manual
Flash Sync Speed
1/250 sec electronic 1st curtain shutter / 1/180 sec electronic shutter / 1/200 sec mechanical
GPS
Yes
Image Stabilization
8 stops
Intervalometer
Yes
ISO Range
100 ~ 102400 (expands to 50 ~ 204800)
Operating Temperature
0 ~ 40°C / 32 ~ 104°F
Processor
Digic X
Touch Screen
Yes
Video Codecs
MPEG-4, H.264, H.265
Weather Resistance
Yes

Performance

Battery Life
760 shots
Max Burst Rate
30.0 fps
Shutter Speed
1/64000 s (electronic) / 1/8000 s (mechanical) ~ 30/11 s
Storage
SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-II supported) + CFexpress Type B

Production

Battery
LP-E19 lithium-ion battery & charger
Debut
2021-04-14

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3rd-Party Review Videos

External Reviews

cameralabs[1]

Sentiment Score 91%
Reviewers from cameralabs have found the following***:
The Canon EOS R3 is aimed at professionals who demand the fastest speed and toughest body. While it outperforms the 1Dx Mark III in most respects, it’s officially positioned between it and the Eos R5. The R3 employs Canon's first stacked BSI sensor for high-speed readout and reduced rolling shutter, as well as supporting a top shooting speed of 30fps with AF and AE tracking.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Superb 4k video quality
  • Compact and lightweight
  • Good battery life
Cons
  • No autofocus
  • Not as powerful as the 1Dx Mark III

pcmag[2]

Sentiment Score 89%
Reviewers from pcmag have found the following***:
Canon EOS R3 is loaded with features, including an autofocus system that nails you with your eyes, but still nails the fundamentals. Its $6,000 price is on the high end for full-frame, but right in the middle of the pack among similarly capable cameras. Its 24MP sensor doesn't pack as many pixels as some, such as the Nikon Z 9.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Superlative autofocus system
  • High-resolution 4K video
  • HDR viewfinder
Cons
  • No macro focus bracketing

techradar[3]

Sentiment Score 86%
Reviewers from techradar have found the following***:
Canon EOS R3 is designed very much for pro sports photographers. Full-frame, 24MP stacked CMOS sensor is, by any measure, a cracking one. Can unusually shoot raw video internally (at 6K/60p, using the full width of the sensor) and oversampled 4K/ 60p video.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Full-frame, 24MP CMOS sensor
  • Excellent image quality
  • Compact, lightweight design
Cons
  • Can’t shoot in 4K/60p

digitalpicture[4]

Sentiment Score 86%
Reviewers from digitalpicture have found the following***:
The R3 arrives as the highest-priced Canon EOS R-series camera ever. It is also the highest performing model ever in that lineup. The R3 appears an especially good value when compared to the significantly higher price of the 1D X Mark III. With advanced performance, the R3 becomes a strong contender to the R5.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Excellent image quality
  • Excellent support for Canon professional services
  • Excellent build quality
Cons
  • Fingerprint sensor could be better

User Reviews

References

1. ^ Canon EOS R3 review. [cameralabs]. https://www.cameralabs.com/canon-eos-r3-review/. Retrieved 2022-01-21.
2. ^ Canon EOS R3 Review. [pcmag]. https://www.pcmag.com/reviews/canon-eos-r3. 2022-01-12. Retrieved 2022-01-15.
3. ^ Canon EOS R3 review. [techradar]. https://www.techradar.com/reviews/canon-eos-r3. 2021-12-03. Retrieved 2021-12-07.
4. ^ Canon EOS R3 Review. [digitalpicture]. https://www.the-digital-picture.com/Reviews/Canon-EOS-R3.aspx. Retrieved 2022-01-21.

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