Last month, Nikon announced the development of its most high-end mirrorless camera to date, and now Canon has responded with the announcement of the EOS R3, which is expected to feature similar support. The R3 is still in development and details are thin, but it’s clear that it will be positioned above the EOS R5, which is Canon’s flagship mirrorless camera currently.
Like Nikon’s upcoming Z9, the EOS R3 appears to be a heavy camera with a built-in vertical grip for shooting in portrait and landscape orientation. The body design and control layout are broadly similar to that of the EOS-1D X Mark III, Canon’s highest-end professional DSLR, and the body is dust and water resistant.
Canon claims that the EOS R3 will be the first camera to use a new 35mm full-frame stacked CMOS sensor with rear lighting, and that its image processor and electronic shutter will enable shooting at 30 fps with AF tracking and AE. Canon also touts the EOS R3’s autofocus capabilities. It is the company’s first digital camera to feature eye-controlled autofocus, and a deep learning algorithm has been used to improve recognition of human subjects from the torso upwards, which is supposed to improve its performance in difficult situations like sports photography.
That’s about it for Canon details; the company didn’t give any detailed specifications, let alone a price or a release date. But with Nikon’s Z9 and Sony’s new A1, the pro mirrorless camera war is heating up – and the name of the EOS R3 implies that Canon may have something even higher end in the pipeline.