The flagship mirrorless camera market has been enjoying steady growth lately Canon EOS R3 is the newest member to join its ranks… well, sort of.
On paper, the industry giant states that this new offering won’t be marketed as a flagship – it leaves that title to the now-dated Canon 1DX Mark III and the R1 rumored to be launching this year – but it functions as one and offers options and specifications that will keep speed – and accuracy – dependent photographers and videographers happy for years to come.
For starters, the R3 offers similar specs to the Sony A1 and Nikon Z9, with a 24MP sensor compared to 45MP and 50MP, respectively. In terms of video, the former allows for 6K recording, while the latter two top out at 8K. The biggest difference, however, is that the R3 is now Canon’s first hybrid camera to offer users 30fps burst modes for extra speed, fantastic autofocus performance that can track any moving subject, great color reproduction and other bonus features equips .
While some might prefer a smaller body, like the R5 and EOS R before it, the R3 is designed for professionals, with a built-in vertical grip that houses the battery (LP-E19). While this extra size is no stranger to 1DX and Nikon D-series users, it has a smaller footprint than its DSLR siblings, giving the camera a more compact feel. In a first for a sports camera, the R3 also features a rotating display, which would be handy for more creative photography or videographers who need to use it as a monitor at different angles. Users will be able to enjoy longer battery life and added stability when paired with the powerful IBIS thanks to its larger build.
The R3 also mitigates an unformatted mishap of the EOS R5, offering a solution to the overheating issue that has prevented the latter from being the ultimate hybrid that many users have been hoping for. Credit is to Canon for improving the R5 with firmware updates, but physical hardware limitations remain an issue, particularly when it comes to thermal management when shooting high-quality 4K and 8K video.
Over the past three weeks of using the camera in a variety of conditions, we’ve enjoyed the experience and feel of the R3. Although there was some concern that the sensor is only 24MP, its output resembled the image quality of 30+ megapixels when paired with the impressive RF lenses. We even used the high-quality 4K option to record a number of reviews for our YouTube channel here, and the camera produced some of the sharpest images we’ve had to date. The colors are what you would expect from a Canon camera, with a tremendous amount of detail.
The only real issues were the autofocus system’s inability to switch between faces when shooting more than one subject and the new Eye Control tech, which doesn’t always work as advertised. This feature adds an extra point within the EVF to the subject in focus, but it feels more like a gimmick in its current state. In fact, the R3 did more than a good job of locking focus itself. Also, the fold-out display doesn’t sit flush with the camera when it’s extended, causing the horizon line to shift.
Nonetheless, it cannot be denied that the Canon R3 is the best camera Canon has made to date. It exceeded our expectations and the many cameras we had became one we picked up the most. Canon needs to figure out the pricing structure though, as this sits above and alongside the other flagship offerings, but isn’t an official flagship camera.
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