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Canon Announces Development of the EOS R3
By Ian Bongso-Seldrup, April 14, 2021 @ 09:00 AM (EST)
Source: The Verge

In a news release that took industry watchers by surprise, Canon has announced that it is developing a new “high speed, high sensitivity and high reliability” full-frame mirrorless camera—the EOS R3.

The press release (below) doesn’t give a whole lot away, but there are a few interesting details with some potentially significant implications. The headline feature is that the EOS R3 boasts a stacked CMOS sensor that isn’t made by Sony, who pioneered the technology that enables high-speed readout. That new in-house sensor could explain the camera’s stated ability to shoot bursts of up to 30fps with AF/AE tracking using the electronic shutter. (Note, however, that we haven’t been told the EOS R3’s resolution.)

The other detail to get excited about is “Eye input AF”—which allows the user to select an autofocus point simply by looking at it. That’s actually something that Canon tried nearly two decades ago (with the EOS-3), but by all accounts, the system wasn’t particularly robust. So, we’ll have to see whether the passage of all that time has allowed Canon to perfect the technology.

You’ll probably also have noticed that there’s more than a passing resemblance to Canon’s current flagship DSLR, the EOS-1D X III, and it seems very possible that Canon intends the EOS R3 to perform similar sports-oriented duties, but with an RF mount and minus the mirror.
 



PRESS RELEASE

Canon announces development of the EOS R3 full-frame mirrorless camera that delivers high speed, high sensitivity and high reliability to expand users' range of photographic possibilities

TOKYO, April 14, 2021—Canon Inc. announced today that the company is currently developing the new EOS R3 full-frame mirrorless camera, which will feature a newly developed 35mm full-frame, back illuminated, 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, back illuminated, stacked CMOS sensor that makes possible high-speed readout. The camera also features a DIGIC X image processor for high-speed image processing that realizes 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 an eye control function2. 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 more pleasant shooting with quick focus when transitioning between subjects.

The EOS R3 answers the high-level 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.

1Continuous shooting framerate may decrease depending on the attached lens and/or shooting environment.
2This 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.
3Compatible 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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