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[HOT] : Test Canon EOS R3 Part one

[HOT] : Test Canon EOS R3 Part one

The Canon EOS R3 at a glance

If you want to get a glimpse of the bright future of Canon mirrorless cameras, take a look at the Canon EOS R3. It might look like a DSLR from the 2010s, but inside it’s one of the most advanced sports or animal snapshot sensors out there.

According to Canon, the EOS R3 sits between the Canon EOS R5 (its versatile mirrorless little camera) and the Canon 1D X Mark III (the brand’s flagship DSLR). However, the company did not simply recycle its existing technologies with the EOS R3. Rather, it’s the flagship of a slew of new technologies, including a new rear-lit 24.1-megapixel stacked CMOS sensor.

The design of this sensor is inspired by that of Sony cameras, like the Sony A1, and gives the R3 a purring photographic engine, capable of producing burst shots at 30 frames per second and minimal rolling shutter in mode. video.

Unusually for a professional sports camera, the EOS R3 also offers definite video advantages, such as the ability to record 6K raw footage internally, as well as an articulated touchscreen. It even offers a modern incarnation of the “Eye Control AF” system we used in the 1990s in Canon SLRs – this allows you to more effectively fix focus from the viewfinder.

If you’re a professional photographer, just knowing the EOS R3 exists is going to hurt your bank balance. After all, it’s hard to miss out on a proclaimed champion, whether that’s thanks to its autofocus, continuous frame rate, or mastery of low-light scenes.

The price of the Canon EOS R3 is certainly less attractive. As an ambassador of the new Canon generation, you will have to pay the sum of 6,000 € to acquire it. The bill will escalate severely if you plan to add high end RF mount lenses to the basket.

And yet. Adopt it. Spin it around in your hands. It is the current pinnacle of mirrorless technology. And while the EOS R3 is undoubtedly overkill for most hobbyists, it’s – like the EOS 1D X Mark III before it – the new default choice for professionals who can’t or won’t compromise. .

Pricing and availability

The Canon EOS R3 is priced at € 5,999 for the bare body only. As you would expect, this is a pro-level price that will not suit most amateur photographers, although it is lower than the introductory price of the Sony A1 and the Canon EOS 1D. X Mark III (€ 7,299 each).

Saved for months to get one? Unfortunately, the EOS R3 is difficult to order at the moment. In September, Canon released a statement saying it had “racked up more bookings than expected” and that “delivery will take some time”. This means that all retailers currently only have the EOS R3 listed as available for pre-order or backorder. We will update this page as the situation evolves.


Canon never describes it as such, but the Canon EOS R3 is clearly meant to be the mirrorless equivalent of its Canon EOS 1D X Mark III sports digital SLR. It therefore appears larger than the Sony A1 (which does not have an integrated handle), but smaller than its reflex cousins.

In hand, the EOS R3 proves to be considerably lighter than the 1D X Mark III, weighing in at 822g (or just over 1kg by adding a card and battery). This represents a considerable weight gain of over 400g, which will delight sports photography enthusiasts. The size difference is less noticeable, with the EOS R3 showing itself to be about an inch shorter, nearly an inch narrower, and about four mm deeper than the 1D X Mark III. However, it does not lose any of its maneuverability compared to other professional Canon cameras.

The handle – now coated in a sleek carbon fiber rubber – is deep and easy to grip. It gives spectacular lightness for a large professional camera and its handling is superb. Canon has gained tremendous experience when it comes to making cameras that are this quick to use – and it all turns out to be put to good use here.

The buttons are large (you can handle them with gloves on) and have relatively deep strokes. The menu system is bold and responsive, and anyone who’s ever taken advantage of a recent Canon camera will find it easy to adopt.

What really sets the EOS R3 apart as a professional sports camera, compared to smaller models like the Canon EOS R5, is its build quality and built-in battery grip. Its magnesium alloy body makes it the most rugged mirrorless camera Canon has developed so far.

The EOS R3 has the same level of weather protection as the 1D X Mark III, but it’s not designed to withstand the same extreme temperatures as the Canon DSLR; it is above all a sports camera, as illustrated by the integrated handle for portraits. It also uses the same LP-E19 battery as the EOS-1D X Mark III, which has a capacity of about a third more than the LP-E6NH battery in the Canon EOS R5.

Canon has clearly tried to make the EOS R3 as familiar as possible to those coming to its professional digital SLRs. There’s no room for the 1D X Mark III’s mini-display on the back, but the majority of its buttons have been grouped together in one place for better handling. In addition, it incorporates the Smart Controller that debuted on this digital SLR in 2020.

This AF-On touch button is much like an inverted computer mouse, allowing you to quickly move your autofocus point within the frame. Although it divided the opinion of photographers, Canon clearly received enough positive feedback to keep it on the EOS R3. Better yet: there is an additional Smart Controller button dedicated to taking portraits. Those who aren’t fans of the modified AF-On button can still use traditional AF joysticks.

The EOS R3 is dotted with controls. Customizable Fn buttons on the front give you plenty of options to configure the camera the way you want, while the back – and top plate – gives you near-instant access to drive mode, settings autofocus, and much more. The jog wheel on the back of the device is a good way to navigate the various menu options, and for those who prefer to navigate their way through the interface, the screen on the back is, of course, a touch screen.

The left side of the device is filled with ports. The most popular are present: HDMI, USB-C (usable for both data transfer and battery charging), mic and headphone jacks, as well as a flash sync port. You will also get a wired Gigabit Ethernet port, which only affects very few people but is absolutely essential for photographers working on sporting events with a large audience. This is completed in-house with a 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz wireless system, much to the chagrin of the owners of the 1D X Mark III, for whom the 5 GHz wireless system is an expensive addition in the form of the wireless file transmitter. wire WFT-E9.