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Canon EOS R3 Can Shoot Videos in 6K 60p RAW, Comes With 24.1MP Stacked CMOS Sensor and Enhanced AF

Recently, Canon launched the EOS R3, a full-frame mirrorless camera capable of recording 6K 60p RAW or 4k 120p 10-bit movie. With its 24.1MP back-illuminated stacked CMOS sensor and enhanced Eye Detection AF, the latest addition to the EOS R series boasts better image and video quality as well as performance.

The new 24.1MP CMOS sensor, integrated with the DIGIC X image processor, powers the EOS R3, which has approximately 20% more pixels than the EOS-1DX Mark III and EOS R6. The new camera's resolution performance is higher than the 30.4-megapixel EOS 5D Mark IV.

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If you primarily shoot in low-light situations, the EOS R3 will be more than capable as it has a native ISO range of 100 to 102,400 and an expandable ISO to 204,800 for still photos. When taking videos, the camera has an ISO range of 100 to 25,600, expandable to 102,400. As the stacked CMOS sensor can achieve an increased readout speed, rolling shutter distortion has been minimised. This is helpful when you are shooting sports events or quickly panning from one area to another.

With the EOS R3, you can convert HEIF files to HDR-PQ-like JPEG images in-camera. By using HDR mode, you can automatically achieve a single high dynamic range HEIF file from 3 HEIF composites in as fast as 0.02 seconds, facilitating HDR photography.

The EOS R3 is capable of In-Body Image Stabilisation of up to 5.5 stops. When you use compatible RF lenses, the effectiveness can go up to 8 stops, letting you take long exposures shots without needing a tripod.

When it comes to shooting video, you can expect professional quality as the camera can record

6K 60p RAW or 4K 120p 10-bit movies at the full-frame angle of field. You can also choose to shoot in 4K 60p as well as make the most out of Canon Log 3 and HDR PQ.

The EOS R3 is similarly capable of high-speed performance as its electronic shutter can achieve up to 30 fps, while its mechanical shutter can reach up to 12 fps. Both shutters can do this with AF/AE tracking. The electronic shutter can record a shutter speed of up to 1/64,000 sec, letting you capture quick-moving subjects or use large aperture lenses in bright places.

The EOS R3 has dual card slots for a CFexpress Type-B card that can carry out ultra-fast read/write speeds and a UHS-II SD card, facilitating fast and reliable recording of image data. As the DIGIC X has high-speed processing abilities, you can look through menus and change settings while data is being written on a memory card.

The EOS R3 has improved AF capabilities as well. The EOS R3's Eye Detection AF has been enhanced with deep learning technology, letting the camera focus on a subject's eye even if their face is partially covered or masked. Head Detection AF was also refined, letting sports photographers take clear shots of athletes even when they are wearing helmets and goggles.

For motorsport photographers, they can utilise the new Vehicle Priority AF, which can detect automobiles and motorcycles with great precision. It can additionally detect the helmets of drivers when the user enables Spot Detection.

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The new CMOS sensor and DIGIC X processor improves the camera's tracking accuracy, allowing the EOS R3 to reach up to 60 FPS of AF calculation and tracking. As a result, the camera can achieve three times as much of what the EOS-1DX Mark III and EOS R5 are capable of. This lets you easily track fast-moving subjects even if they're changing directions quickly.

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In dark environments that look pitch black to the naked eye, the EOS R3 can still focus on subjects as it has a low-luminance limit of EV-7.5.

After you're done shooting pictures or videos, you can swiftly transfer your files from one place to another as the EOS R3 has Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and GPS as standard modes. A dual-band Wi-Fi that supports FTP and FTPS are available on the camera. The device also has support for WPA3. If you need to quickly transfer files to remote FTP, FTPS or SFTP servers, then you can do that with wired LAN connectivity. High-speed transfers are also possible with Mobile File Transfer, which lets the camera quickly transfer files to a smartphone via a USB cable.

When it comes to durability, the EOS R3 has a dust and drip resistance performance and shutter durability similar to the EOS-1DX Mark III's.

The device comes with a 3.2-inch Vari-angle LCD touch screen, a first for a professional camera. It also has a resolution of approximately 4.15-million-dots, the highest ever in a Canon camera.

The camera's newly developed 5.76-million-dot OLED EVF that has a refresh rate of up to 120 FPS means panning is comfortable on the eye and time lag is shortened during continuous shooting. By using the Smart Controller, you can quickly move the AF position, with the controller serving as an AF-ON button as well.

Since the camera is compatible with the LP-E19 high-capacity battery pack, you can complete a whole-day shoot on a single charge. When the situation calls for it, the battery can be charged via power banks or other portable batteries that supports Power Delivery through a compatible USB-C cable.

The EOS R3 will be available for sale in November 2021, with pricing announced at a later date.

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Canon also unveiled the RF100-400mm f/5.6-8 IS USM and RF16mm f/2.8 STM lenses. With a minimum focusing distance of 1.05m at 400mm, the RF100-400mm f/5.6-8 IS USM can achieve a maximum magnification of 0.41x, letting you make the most out of the lens compression effect and bokeh of telephoto lenses.

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Meanwhile, the RF16mm f/2.8 STM allows you to adjust perspectives to take larger images of nearby objects and smaller images of faraway objects. Its ultra-wide angle makes it easier to take selfies with big groups or capture photos in tight spaces.

The RF100-400mm f/5.6-8 IS USM will be sold for S$1,029, while the RF16mm f/2.8 STM will cost S$479. Both lenses will be available in October 2021.


Written by Sophia Lopez


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