Canon EOS R3 Evaluation | PCMag

The Canon EOS R3 ($5,999, physique solely) is a critical full-frame digicam constructed for probably the most demanding kinds of images, comparable to skilled sports activities, unique wildlife, reportage, and occasions. Its 24MP stacked picture sensor focuses quicker than normal chips, and is good for freezing fleeting moments of motion. Its headline-grabbing function, an autofocus system you’ll be able to management by shifting your eyes, is not fairly magical, however works nicely. Most significantly, the R3 handles like a dream and is sturdy sufficient to climate every kind of environments. It earns each our TechX award due to its groundbreaking HDR viewfinder that exhibits the world extra like an optical one, in addition to our Editors’ Alternative award for its top-notch efficiency.

Advantages of a Stacked Sensor

The EOS R3 is considered one of a handful of full-frame cameras accessible at this time that use stacked picture sensors. These kind of chips put reminiscence and sensor collectively for faster readout. It is what permits the R3 to focus and take photographs at 30fps utilizing a totally digital shutter (about twice as quick because the quickest mechanical shutter fashions) with none interruption within the viewfinder.

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Canon EOS R3 sample image

RF 16mm F2.8 STM, f/8, 1/320-second, ISO 100
(Photograph: Jim Fisher)

Cameras with extra widespread BSI CMOS sensors, just like the Canon EOS R6 and R5, depend on mechanical shutters to freeze fast-moving motion. The R3’s faster readout can freeze topics in movement with a totally digital, silent seize technique, so you do not have to fret about rolling shutter distortion when photographing sports activities, birds in flight, or different speedy motion. Canon additionally features a mechanical focal airplane shutter within the R3—to this point the Nikon Z 9 is simply stacked mannequin to drop the mechanical possibility solely.

Stacked sensors aren’t a brand new idea—the Sony a9, a 2017 launch, launched the tech to the patron market, and its successor, the a9 II, additionally options the identical kind of sensor. The sensor within the EOS R3 is Canon’s first crack at a stacked chip, and it matches the 24MP decision of the cameras within the a9 lineup. One distinction is that the R3’s sensor is constructed round Canon’s Twin Pixel AF section detection system, an autofocus technique that works in a different way than Sony’s masked focus pixel method.

Canon EOS R3 sample image

EF 400mm F4 DO II USM + 2x TC, f/8, 1/200-second, ISO 1600
(Photograph: Jim Fisher)

Regardless of the completely different method, neither underlying know-how exhibits a bonus in the actual world—each approaches have netted cameras with world-class focus methods. The R3’s autofocus is a little more mature than what you discover within the a9 II, although. It could actually acknowledge extra kinds of animals, together with birds, in addition to various kinds of motorsport automobiles. Sony has added these options in its latest stacked mannequin, the 50MP a1, and Nikon consists of equally good topic recognition within the 45MP Z 9, its first stacked sensor digicam.

The EOS R3’s sensor has fewer pixels than these rivals—in the event you want greater than 24MP, you’ll be able to look to the EOS R5 as a substitute, or await Canon to launch a high-resolution stacked mannequin. It hasn’t detailed any plans to take action, however we anticipate that such a launch is simply a matter of time.

Get a Grip

The R3 is Canon’s first mirrorless physique with an built-in vertical grip. Its silhouette is harking back to a Canon 1D SLR, with the identical mild curved strains that set Canon cameras other than the extra angular designs of Sony’s a9 and a1 collection.

Canon EOS R3 front view

(Photograph: Jim Fisher)

However regardless that it appears so much like a 1D, the R3 is not practically as hefty a digicam. Swapping the optical viewfinder for an EVF helps, however its dimensions are smaller too. The R3 is available in at 5.6 by 5.9 by 3.4 inches (HWD) and weighs round 2.2 kilos with battery and a reminiscence card; that is a full pound lighter than Canon’s most up-to-date flagship SLR, the 1D X Mark III.

Certainly, the R3’s light-for-its-form construct went a protracted option to win this photographer over. I’ve by no means been a fan of our bodies with vertical grips—they’re usually extra digicam than I need to carry—however the R3 feels simply pretty much as good in my fingers because the slimmer R5 and balances a bit higher with the massive lenses I exploit for birding. Should you want an even bigger digicam, the Nikon Z 9 can be extra in step with the scale of conventional SLRs.

Canon EOS R3 rear view

(Photograph: Jim Fisher)

And do not confuse a extra cheap type for inferior building high quality. The EOS R3 is simply as rugged as a 1D, with strong climate sealing and a magnesium alloy chassis. It is a digicam you’ll be able to depend on if you work in robust situations.

Dealing with and Controls

The R3 has no scarcity of tactile controls—buttons, dials, and even touch-sensitive surfaces are at your fingertips. Many buttons are configurable and the physique doubles up on some features, providing you with a few alternative ways to carry out the identical motion. I see some redundancy as a constructive—in the event you don’t love utilizing the touch-sensitive AF-ON button to shift the realm of curiosity for focus, you’ll be able to change to an eight-way controller or allow the eye-controlled focus and simply have a look at your topic—extra on that in a bit.

Canon EOS R3 top view

(Photograph: Jim Fisher)

Photographers used to a 1D X Mark III or EOS R5 (or perhaps a first-generation EOS R) ought to be conversant in the Mode button. Two management dials, a monochrome info show, and the M-Fn management button be a part of it on the highest plate. The shutter launch sits barely forward, at a cushty angle atop the handgrip.

The shutter launch, M-Fn button, and the ahead management dial are mirrored on the backside of the grip, so that they’re proper at your fingertips if you maintain the digicam in portrait orientation. The corresponding rear controls—AF-ON, the eight-way focus management stick, publicity lock, and the main focus space selector button—are in each positions as nicely.

Canon EOS R3 rear view with LCD closed

(Photograph: Jim Fisher)

An On/Off change, a flat rear command dial with a centered Set button, and the Q button to launch the quick-access on-screen menu be a part of them. You additionally get the anticipated array of play, delete, and menu entry buttons. The R3 features a button to assign fast star rankings to photographs, useful for tagging your greatest shot in a sequence, together with a voice memo operate to connect notes to a photograph, an actual profit for photojournalists sending work off to editors for publication.

Canon EOS R3 sample image

RF 16mm F2.8 STM, f/16, 1/800-second, ISO 100
(Photograph: Jim Fisher)

The playback and ranking controls, in addition to the highest info show, are backlit. The sunshine kicks in routinely in the event you change to playback mode, or you’ll be able to toggle the lights manually by way of a button on the highest plate.

The on-screen Q menu dietary supplements the tactile controls and is navigable by contact utilizing the rear show. The LCD is of a vari-angle design, one which swings out to the facet to view from a excessive, low, or selfie angle. The display screen itself may be very prime quality—3.2 inches in measurement with greater than 4 million dots of decision. You may pump up the brightness to be used on sunny days, and it is easy to tilt it a bit if direct solar glare is a matter.

Canon hasn’t innovated with the display screen design as a lot as rival Nikon, although; we’re wanting to strive the Z 9’s dual-hinge display screen and its extra attention-grabbing articulation. The R3’s swing-out display screen is a bit susceptible when it is out to the facet. We do like the choice to tuck the R3’s show display screen to face into the physique throughout use for a bit of additional safety, one thing that is not an possibility with the Z 9 or Sony a9 II.

HDR Viewfinder

The EOS R3’s digital viewfinder is likely one of the digicam’s highlights. EVFs aren’t precisely new and have improved considerably over a decade-plus of mirrorless system improvement, however the modifications have been largely incremental. The final huge leap was the transfer to OLED tech over generally problematic LCD viewfinders.

Canon EOS R3 hot shoe and viewfinder

(Photograph: Jim Fisher)

OLED EVFs have gotten greater, sharper, and smoother (due to faster refresh charges), however have not made a giant leap ahead. The R3 modifications this narrative. Its viewfinder is predicated on OLED tech, but it surely provides Excessive Dynamic Vary (HDR) coloration replica for a extra pure view of the world.

Canon leverages the HDR show in two methods. You need to use the R3 like some other mirrorless digicam and see a preview of your picture, full with any coloration filters or results you allow. I particularly like working this manner for days once I’m in a monochrome frame of mind and want instantaneous visible suggestions on my publicity. SLR holdouts are certain to search out this idea international. With an optical viewfinder (OVF) digicam, you all the time see the world in true coloration even when your digicam is about to a black-and-white mode, whereas your imaginative and prescient limits sharpness and dynamic vary, not a digital show panel.

Canon EOS R3 sample image

EF 400mm F4 DO II USM + 2x TC, f/8, 1/800-second, ISO 6400
(Photograph: Jim Fisher)

The R3 reframes this by means of an OVF simulation mode. It will get nearer to the expertise of utilizing an optical finder by dropping distinction and disabling publicity preview. You see a correctly shiny view of the world, even in the event you’ve set your publicity to make silhouettes. A decrease distinction preview, together with impartial coloration stability, exhibits particulars in shadows and highlights which are crunched and clipped in the usual scene preview mode.

It is extraordinarily straightforward to swap between the 2 modes, too—I opted to remap the M-Fn button to toggle between the 2—one thing I discovered helpful when photographing just a few gulls fishing for a morning meal in opposition to a strongly backlit solar. It is a difficult scene for publicity, however I used to be in a position to first dial in my publicity with assistance from an publicity preview after which swap to the OVF simulation view to raised monitor the fast-moving birds in a troublesome lighting state of affairs. I would have a tougher time discovering the topic with a standard EVF preview, and the scene itself is hard to seize with an optical viewfinder digicam—photographs into the solar aren’t straightforward on the eyes if you look via a pentaprism.

Canon EOS R3 sample image

EF 400mm F4 DO II USM + 2x TC, f/8, 1/1,000-second, ISO 400
(Photograph: Jim Fisher)

As for the panel itself, it exhibits lifelike element due to its 5.8-million-dot decision and 0.76x magnification; that measurement makes it seem simply as huge to your eye because the OVF within the EOS-1D X Mark III. You may push it to 120Hz to breed movement fluidly, best for photographing sports activities motion and different topics in movement, or use the 60Hz power-saving mode for much less demanding scenes.

The EOS R3 earns our TechX award due to its HDR viewfinder and OVF simulation mode. Should you’re taken with studying extra about how the viewfinder works, take a look at Rishi Sanyal’s deep technical dive(Opens in a brand new window) at DPReview.

Energy and Connectivity

Canon makes use of the house nicely and packs a giant battery into the R3, the identical LP-E19 from the 1D X collection. In-camera charging is an possibility, so you’ll be able to replenish by way of the USB-C port, however Canon cameras are a bit of persnickety about what adapters work. The R3 helps solely the Canon USB Energy Adapter PD-E1 formally; others are hit and miss.

Canon EOS R3 LP-E19 battery

(Photograph: Jim Fisher)

I wasn’t in a position to cost the battery with my Apple MacBook Professional charger, one which tops off just about each different model of mirrorless digicam with out difficulty. In case your go-to charger would not work with the digicam, funds an additional $139 for a PD-E1 or just use the dual-battery exterior charger that comes within the field.

The EOS R3 is on the power-hungry facet, so its extra-large battery would not run so long as you would possibly anticipate. CIPA charges it for about 620 photographs in its default power-saving mode. Utilizing the 120Hz Clean viewfinder mode cuts that to about 440 pictures, a 30% hit. That latter ranking is in step with the Sony a9 II and Nikon Z 9. CIPA rankings do not take steady drive into consideration, although—in the event you lean closely on the 12fps mechanical or 30fps digital shutter modes, you’ll be able to internet 1000’s of photographs with no downside.

Canon EOS R3 profile view

(Photograph: Jim Fisher)

The digicam gives ample wired and wi-fi connectivity choices. It has a 3-pin cable distant connection on its entrance, in between the lens mount and vertical grip. The rest of its ports are on the left panel, together with 3.5mm microphone and headphone jacks, Gigabit Ethernet, micro HDMI output, PC sync flash, and USB-C.

Bluetooth 5.0 LE and dual-band Wi-Fi are onboard as nicely. The R3 pairs with the Canon CameraConnect app, accessible for Android and iOS gadgets. The app works for file transfers and allows you to use your cellphone as a distant viewfinder, full with tap-to-focus and publicity controls. Cell enhancing help is as anticipated—it is quick work to tag your five-star photographs from a sequence and ship Uncooked recordsdata over to an iPad Professional to edit in Lightroom Cell. 

Canon EOS R3 dual memory cards

(Photograph: Jim Fisher)

The R3 goes a bit additional than fundamental full-frame fashions with community help. Its helps FTP switch by way of Ethernet or Wi-Fi, essential for photographers sending photographs to an editor when masking dwell occasions.

The EOS R3 works with exterior flashes utilizing its scorching shoe or the PC sync socket—cameras of this kind do not embrace in-body flashes as a rule. The R3 syncs as shortly as 1/180-second utilizing its full digital shutter and at 1/250-second in the event you go for the mechanical shutter. It really works as marketed, even with wi-fi third-party options just like the Flashpoint Xplor 300 TTL with which I examined it.

Canon EOS R3 sample image

EF 400mm F4 DO II USM + 2x TC, f/8, 1/200-second, ISO 2500
(Photograph: Jim Fisher)

Lens Choice

Longtime Canon system homeowners are nicely acquainted its EF SLR lens collection. The EOS R3 can use EF lenses by way of an adapter. Canon gives just a few completely different adapters, together with the essential EF-EOS R that I used to mount the EF 400mm F4 DO II IS USM. Should you’re shifting over from a Canon SLR, you’ll be able to carry your lenses with you.

Canon can be constructing a brand new line of lenses unique to the EOS R system. The RF lens collection is comparatively younger, however already has a full set of professional-grade zooms, masking large angles to excessive telephoto, and a few high-end telephoto primes, the RF 400mm F2.8 and RF 600mm F4.

Is Eye Management Focus the Actual Deal?

The EOS R3 marks the comeback of considered one of Canon’s early improvements: eye-controlled autofocus. It loved a small spot within the lineup within the movie period, displaying up in shopper our bodies just like the EOS A2E (from 1992) and professional fashions just like the EOS 3. Early makes an attempt have been rudimentary and inconsistent. I attempted to make use of eye management with 2004’s EOS Elan 7ne and it merely by no means labored for me.

Canon EOS R3 sample image

EF 400mm F4 DO II USM + 2x TC, f/8, 1/800-second, ISO 640
(Photograph: Jim Fisher)

The attention-control implementation within the EOS R3 is many occasions higher than Canon’s first efforts. The R3’s viewfinder initiatives infrared mild into your eye, and by studying the reflections, can decide the place you are trying. A calibration routine is required to get it to work, but it surely’s fairly painless—the R3 prompts you to look straight at some extent within the viewfinder and faucet the M-Fn button whereas doing so.

The method repeats a number of occasions, with the purpose shifting to completely different areas of the body. It is worthwhile to calibrate a number of occasions, in several lighting situations, and when holding the digicam in each panorama and portrait orientation for the very best outcomes. The R3 has reminiscence for six consumer profiles and you may export any to a reminiscence card, so you’ll be able to take your profile from digicam to digicam.

Canon EOS R3 sample image

EF 400mm F4 DO II USM + 2x TC, f/8, 1/1,000-second, ISO 500
(Photograph: Jim Fisher)

When Eye Management is turned on, a yellow dot bounces across the body, following the actions of your eye. Once you interact autofocus, the digicam appears for a topic close to the main focus level and locks on. It will get some assists from the R3’s stellar topic recognition—get the main focus level near your topic and the autofocus system takes you the remainder of the best way.

How nicely does it work? It relies upon. Photographers with excellent eyesight are prone to have a bit higher luck than these with compromised imaginative and prescient. My dominant eye is badly astigmatic and I discovered that the system struggled to trace my imaginative and prescient if I attempted to have a look at the highest third of the body until I took care to carry the digicam tight in opposition to my glasses. The main target dot is a bit of shaky basically, even after a number of rounds of calibration.

Canon EOS R3 sample image

RF 100-400mm F5-6.8 IS USM, 300mm, f/8, 1/400-second, ISO 320
(Photograph: Jim Fisher)

The situations by which you are working additionally matter. I bumped into issues when working within the early morning hours when the solar was over my shoulder. Canon warns that shiny daylight hitting the viewfinder will intrude with the system, as will sporting coloured contact lenses, bifocals, or sun shades. You may also have issues in case your eye is simply too shut or too far-off from the viewfinder. You get the thought: Eye Management focus is a function that comes with some caveats.

You could discover it to be a great match on your work, although. Motorsport photographers can use it to swap focus between vehicles coming down a monitor, and it ought to lend itself nicely to sports activities the place the sphere is not too crowded—baseball and soccer come to thoughts. For my topics, birds in branches and flight, I discovered it acquired in the best way as a rule and I ended up turning it off.

Canon’s Greatest Autofocus But

Canon hasn’t made the error of constructing the R3 round Eye Management, although. It is merely considered one of a number of methods to set the realm of curiosity for focus, all of that are aided by superlative topic recognition and monitoring. The digicam additionally features a contact floor on its AF-ON button, one which works very like a trackpad to maneuver the lively autofocus space across the body; an eight-way joystick does the identical job.

Canon EOS R3 sample image

EF 400mm F4 DO II USM + 2x TC, f/8, 1/200-second, ISO 1600
(Photograph: Jim Fisher)

The R3’s Twin Pixel CMOS AF II system builds on the class-leading topic recognition and monitoring Canon launched with the EOS R5 and R6. It acknowledges and tracks topics successfully in its AI Servo steady drive mode, with specialised modes for photographing individuals, wildlife, and motorsports. The R3 leverages face and eye detection for images of individuals; locks onto the eyes of birds and mammals in its animal mode; and acknowledges race vehicles, motorbikes, and driver’s helmets in its automobile mode.

Canon’s case-based preset focus modes carry over from the 1D and 7D SLR collection. Photographers can fine-tune the R3’s focus response to stay with erratically shifting topics, to provide precedence to topics coming into the body, or to react to topics that change velocity with out warning. You may set a selected use case within the menu or let the R3 routinely swap focus settings for you.

Canon EOS R3 sample image

EF 400mm F4 DO II USM + 2x TC, f/8, 1/800-second, ISO 250
(Photograph: Jim Fisher)

Autofocus protection is large, reaching practically the whole lot of the picture sensor. Nook-to-corner focus means you do not have to fret about holding your topic underneath the central space of a body, so you have acquired a bit extra freedom to compose pictures. Photographers who’ve already moved from a Canon SLR to an EOS R system are already acclimated to the expertise, but it surely’s a breath of contemporary air for anybody shifting over from a 1D.

As for velocity, the R3 is among the many fastest-firing cameras you should purchase. The totally digital shutter rattles off Uncooked, JPG, or HEIF photographs at a staggering 30fps high velocity, with publicity and focus checked for each picture. The readout is fast sufficient to freeze movement, and it helps oddball shutter speeds to assist sidestep flicker results created by the digital signage that’s omnipresent in professional sports activities venues.

Canon EOS R3 sample image

EF 400mm F4 DO II USM + 2x TC, f/8, 1/800-second, ISO 25600
(Photograph: Jim Fisher)

The stacked sensor comes into play right here, too—in the event you decide to make use of the totally digital shutter, there is no interruption within the view when taking photographs. A refined white define flashes across the edges of the show to let you realize when the shutter fires.

The view is not fairly as clean in the event you change to the mechanical shutter for bursts. The viewfinder exhibits a little bit of stuttering movement when working on the quickest 12fps seize fee (Hello+), and also you see a momentary little bit of black throughout every publicity if you work at 8fps (Hello) or 3fps (Low) speeds. Right here, the continual drive expertise extra carefully matches different mirrorless cameras, most of which depend on mechanical shutters to freeze topics in movement.

Canon EOS R3 sample image

RF 35mm F1.8 Macro IS STM, f/1.8, 1/250-second, ISO 100
(Photograph: Jim Fisher)

Simply how lengthy the R3 retains going at a time relies on your alternative of reminiscence card and file format. Put money into a great CFExpress (Sort B) reminiscence card for the quickest write speeds. I used a SanDisk CFe card rated for 1,400MBps write speeds. The R3 nets about 130 Uncooked, 190 C Uncooked, or 230 JPG photographs earlier than its seize buffer fills, however with a CFe card, the clear time may be very quick (a few seconds).

I swapped to a Sony Powerful SDXC UHS-II reminiscence card, rated for write speeds of 299MBps, to examine efficiency with that format. The R3 saved going for about the identical variety of photographs, however buffer clears took considerably longer—45 seconds for Uncooked, 35 seconds for C Uncooked, and 25 seconds for JPGs.

Stabilized Full-Body Sensor

The EOS R3 is constructed round Canon’s first in-house stacked sensor, a 24MP full-frame chip based mostly on Canon’s Twin Pixel AF focus tech. The sensor is mounted to a five-axis stabilization system, one which works at the side of the lens-based IS included in lots of RF telephoto lenses. It is an anticipated function in a full-frame mirrorless digicam, however marks one other benefit versus the EOS 1D X collection.

Canon EOS R3 sample image

EF 400mm F4 DO II USM + 2x TC, f/8, 1/800-second, ISO 1000
(Photograph: Jim Fisher)

The sensor helps a large ISO vary, masking ISO 100-51200 as a part of its normal settings and as much as ISO 204800 in its prolonged vary. The stacked design nets faster readout than previous-generation BSI sensors, and enjoys related excessive ISO functionality. It can save you pictures in 14-bit Uncooked, compressed C Uncooked, JPG, or HEIF codecs. I used C Uncooked+JPG and the totally digital shutter for the majority of testing.

JPGs have crisp element, exhibit robust coloration, and present little noise via ISO 12800. High quality element takes successful and crisp strains present some smudging at ISO 25600 and 51200, however photographs are nonetheless fairly usable. Particulars are smooth and pictures present a great deal of noise within the prolonged vary. The excessive ISO output is a few cease forward of what the 24MP Sony a9 II delivers and on par with the 20MP EOS-1D X Mark III.

Canon EOS R3 sample image

EF 400mm F4 DO II USM + 2x TC, f/8, 1/1,000-second, ISO 10000
(Photograph: Jim Fisher)

Swapping to a Uncooked seize mode ramps down in-camera noise discount (so you’ll be able to squeeze a bit of extra element from excessive ISO photographs) and opens up the power to regulate coloration and publicity utilizing a software program enhancing suite—we use Adobe Lightroom Basic as the usual converter for all of our digicam evaluations.

14-bit Uncooked pictures present little seen noise via ISO 400. A really advantageous grain sample units in at ISO 800 and provides some texture to photographs (with out detracting from element), an impact that holds regular via ISO 12800. Grain will get bigger and coarser via ISO 51200, and whereas it is fairly thick at ISO 102,400, element nonetheless shines via. I would contemplate ISO 204800 to be an emergency setting for terribly dim mild solely—picture high quality falls off considerably on the high setting, however most photographers will not have to make use of it that always.

Canon EOS R3 high ISO sample image

EF 400mm F4 DO II USM + 2x TC, f/8, 1/800-second, ISO 102400
(Photograph: Jim Fisher)

Should you’re taken with HDR imaging, you’ll be able to reap the benefits of a few in-camera choices. The R3 has a single-shot HDR JPG seize mode, but it surely does take a few seconds to course of a photograph after you have pressed the shutter. For extra speedy outcomes, swap from JPG to HEIF seize. Once you do, the R3 swaps to an HDR coloration house and captures photographs that are not too far off from what you see within the OVF simulation mode. The EOS R3 shares some artistic options with different R cameras, together with in-camera a number of exposures and the macro focus bracketing options launched within the EOS RP.

The EOS R3 is not any slouch relating to video. It helps inside 12-bit Uncooked recording at 6K decision and may file compressed 4K footage at as much as 60fps with sound or 120fps for slow-motion playback. The micro HDMI port outputs a clear 10-bit sign in the event you want to make use of an Atomos Ninja V or related recording system.

Canon EOS R3 sample image

RF 16mm F2.8 STM, f/5.6, 1/50-second, ISO 100
(Photograph: Jim Fisher)

For MP4 recording, there are just a few completely different compression choices, together with the All-I codec Canon recommends for simpler enhancing—it nets the largest file sizes, however is not as taxing on Ultimate Lower Professional. For smaller recordsdata sizes, IPB and IPB Mild choices can be found. You may file in a regular coloration profile for fundamental enhancing and ready-to-share 8-bit 4:2:0 clips, or swap to Canon’s flat Log3 profile for gradable 10-bit 4:2:2 sampling.

The R3’s video high quality is top-notch—particulars are robust and the stacked sensor does a great job suppressing ugly movement artifacts brought on by the rolling shutter impact. Stabilization is efficient, too. I attempted for some slow-motion footage utilizing an 800mm telephoto and ended up with usable outcomes, although I would suggest using a tripod or video monopod when working with longer glass for the very best outcomes.

The EOS R3 is extra appropriate for long-form recording than the EOS R5—overheating has confirmed to be a nonissue with this digicam, so that you needn’t child it on set. The exception is 4K120—in a room temperature check, the R3 shut down after about 10 minutes of slow-motion recording on the highest high quality.

The R3 Places It All Collectively

The picture trade has been making a sluggish march away from SLR know-how for the higher a part of a decade. Early efforts lagged behind professional SLRs in viewfinder high quality, autofocus, and dealing with, however after years of improvement and refinements, mirrorless cameras are not second-class residents. Right now’s fanatic and professional mirrorless cameras run circles round SLRs relating to autofocus acumen, and most have stronger video options.

Canon EOS R3 sample image

RF 16mm F2.8 STM, f/11, 1/125-second, ISO 100
(Photograph: Jim Fisher)

The Canon EOS R3 does a bit of greater than others to maneuver the needle ahead for mirrorless. As Canon’s first stacked sensor mirrorless digicam, it excels when it comes to velocity and its autofocus system is superlative—topic recognition and monitoring is second to none. The HDR viewfinder goes additional than others, and is an efficient argument for SLR holdouts to swap their 1D X.

Lifelong Canon professionals should not have an excessive amount of hassle migrating. Canon’s design language is constant, and plenty of features fall underneath thumb in the identical locations as they do with an SLR. The result’s a digicam that, for probably the most half, stays out of the best way as you seize pictures.

Canon EOS R3 front view

(Photograph: Jim Fisher)

The EOS R3 serves each professionals who make a dwelling photographing quick motion and critical hobbyists nicely. Its $6,000 value is on the excessive finish for full-frame, however proper in the course of the pack amongst equally succesful cameras. Its 24MP sensor would not pack as many pixels as some—the 45MP Nikon Z 9 and 50MP Sony a1 are stronger choices in the event you’re after excessive velocity and excessive decision—however not everybody must file big photographs or crop aggressively. That makes the EOS R3 a better competitor to the Sony a9 II ($4,500). The R3 prices greater than the a9 II, however gives a extra succesful autofocus system, slow-motion 4K, and improbable ergonomics, incomes it our Editors’ Alternative award.


  • Clever autofocus with glorious topic recognition

  • 14-bit Uncooked imaging at as much as 30fps

  • Giant HDR viewfinder with OVF simulation

  • Helps CFexpress and UHS-II SD reminiscence

  • Ample wired and wi-fi connectivity choices

  • Sized-down gripped physique handles fantastically

  • 6K60 Uncooked and 4K120 video modes

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The Backside Line

The Canon EOS R3 is loaded with high-tech options, together with an autofocus system you management together with your eyes, however nonetheless nails the entire fundamentals, making it an outstanding digicam for sports activities and wildlife professionals.

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