Canon EOS R3 assessment: Modern eye-control focus and velocity for a value


After Sony launched the A7 III again in 2018, I puzzled if Canon and Nikon may ever catch as much as their autofocus and different expertise. With the launch of the 24-megapixel EOS R3, nevertheless, it is Canon that is innovative with its “Eye Management” AF that allows you to focus simply by taking a look at a topic.

The R3 can be Canon’s first digital camera to function a bottom illuminated, stacked sensor. This offers it burst capturing velocity in silent mode of as much as 30 fps with autofocus and auto-exposure enabled. Plus, it has prime flight video specs with RAW seize from 6K to 60 fps.



  • quick capturing velocity
  • dependable autofocus
  • good dealing with
  • no compromise video
  • Modern Eye Management AF


  • excessive value
  • I Management AF Restricted
  • mediocre decision
  • fiddly micro hdmi port

This is the rub, although: It has a comparatively low decision for $6,000, whereas Canon’s personal 45-megapixel EOS R5 prices lower than $2,000. So, what is that this digital camera good for? And is Eye Management AF a helpful function, or only a toy? With some assist from my professional photographer associates, I spent a while with the ultimate manufacturing mannequin to search out out.

physique and dealing with

Gallery: Canon EOS R3 Mirrorless Digicam Evaluation , 23 photographs

The very first thing you may discover on the R3 is the massive digital camera grip physique that makes it seem like a mashup of a DSLR and mirrorless digital camera. Just like the 1DX Mark III that impressed it, it has twin controls for each panorama and portrait capturing modes, together with an identical shutter button, dial, and joystick.

Regardless of the massive physique, the EOS R3 is comparatively mild at 2.3 kilos, together with the battery and reminiscence card. The 1DX Mark III, against this, suggestions the scales at 3.17 kilos, whereas the EOS R5 weighs in at 1.6 kilos.

As you’d anticipate of a giant digital camera, it has an amazing grip. It provides a way of safety whenever you maintain it, and it handles nice even with bigger telephoto lenses like Canon’s RF 70-200mm f/2.8.

The R3 additionally packs loads of dials and buttons so you’ll be able to function the digital camera with out having to dive into menus for essentially the most half. The management structure is much like the 1DX Mark III and makes use of the identical infrared management buttons. This allows you to set the main focus level by merely sliding your thumb over it—sooner than a joystick, however inadvertently activating till you get used to it.

Canon EOS R3 Mirrorless Camera Revive

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A devoted button helps you to simply swap between photograph and video modes, offering separate settings and menus for every mode. Nevertheless, it makes use of the identical previous Canon menus, which are not as intuitive as the newest fashions from Sony, Nikon, and Panasonic. You possibly can management it in a lot of methods, nevertheless, through the use of the dial, joystick, or touchscreen. As soon as you determine the place it’s, it is fast to get into the settings.

The big 3.2-inch contact show has a 4.15 million dot decision, which is sort of twice that of the R5. For scrolling via menus, searching photographs, and extra, it is extraordinarily responsive – in comparison with Sony’s A1 or some other digital camera I’ve tried, for that matter. The show additionally flips up for low-angle capturing or vlogging, although the R3 is a bit heavy for the latter.

The 5.76 million dot OLED EVF is equally quick and delivers a easy 120 Hz refresh price. It is discovered on the 9.4 million dot, 240Hz EVF A1 on paper, however I could not see a lot distinction between them, to be trustworthy.

It makes use of the identical large LP-E19 battery from the 1DX Mark III that delivers as much as 620 pictures on a single cost, or about two and a half hours of 4K 30p video capturing. Relying on the way you shoot, you could simply be capable to exceed these figures.

You get a quick CFexpress Kind B and an SD UHS II slot for storage. It is good to have an SD possibility should you desire to shoot with these playing cards. Nevertheless, if you wish to again up a CFexpress card with SD, it’ll be a gradual performer. Since that is principally a professional digital camera, Canon ought to have supplied twin slots for each, or perhaps two CFexpress slots for each, like Sony.

Canon EOS R3 Mirrorless Camera Revive

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It has a brand new Hotshoe interface that helps Speedlites and different flashes, together with equipment like Tascam’s new XLR 4-channel microphone interface. It lastly matches what Sony and Panasonic have supplied through the years.

The hypothetical micro-HDMI port is not perfect for video shooters, and it is an odd choice, as Canon had room with the R3’s bigger physique. It additionally comes with USB-C for information switch and in-camera charging, although you may want one other optionally available accent if you wish to energy the digital camera externally whilst you shoot.

Now let’s discuss Canon’s new Eye Management function. That is actually solely helpful should you calibrate it, however fortunately it is easy to do – you solely have a look at 5 factors. You could must calibrate it a number of occasions, relying on whether or not you’re sporting glasses and contacts, and even for various environments. Happily, it can save you as much as six completely different settings.

As soon as it was calibrated, I may choose an object to focus simply by taking a look at it. Even when the attention management circle wasn’t fairly on a topic, autofocus would normally choose it if it was shut. From there, monitoring the topic would require face, eye or topic monitoring.

It additionally works nicely in troublesome environments with a variety of topics or motion, although it shuts down when you press the main focus button and begin capturing. It labored superb for me, however did not work in any respect for my photographer buddy with mild blue eyes and astigmatism. So should you’re on this function, you’ll be able to try it out earlier than making a purchase order, because the performance is dependent upon your eye coloration and different components.


Canon EOS R3 Mirrorless Camera Review

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In the beginning, the EOS R3 is a velocity demon. It begins with the shutter, which works as much as 1/64,000th of a second in digital mode, which is quicker than some other shopper digital camera. It additionally helps among the quickest bursts we have seen, as much as 30 fps in silent mode or as much as 12 fps with the mechanical shutter. In contrast to a few of Sony’s latest fashions, you get full velocity with uncompressed and never simply lossy RAW information.

You possibly can take tons of pictures in these modes too. In response to Canon, at 30 fps with the digital shutter, you’ll be able to shoot 150 pictures in an SD UHS II or CFExpress card earlier than the buffer fills up. Nevertheless, I used to be in a position to shoot far more than that with the sooner CFexpress card, with a slight lower in capturing velocity after the 150 body mark. It’s going to deal with 1,000 RAW uncompressed photographs or extra with the mechanical shutter earlier than stopping.

Twin Pixel autofocus may sustain with these speeds as nicely, so I had only a few photographs that weren’t sharp. Face and eye recognition is quick and fluid for folks, although barely much less dependable for animals or birds. The EOS R has a automotive monitoring function designed primarily for race vehicles, and sadly I did not have entry to the Bugatti Chiron throughout testing.

Capturing sports activities is a energy of this digital camera, and at an indoor soccer recreation in good lighting, Samuel, the professional photographer I used to be working with, had only some out-of-focus pictures. It did not carry out fairly as nicely for birds because the A1, however it was nonetheless higher than most cameras I’ve tried. Total, the EOS R3 has a really highly effective AF system that places Canon proper up there with Sony.

The IBIS system can present 8 stops of shake discount with supported lenses, greater than any rival digital camera. This allowed me to take sharp pictures at low shutter speeds when capturing in low mild. And because of the sensor’s quick readout velocity, the rolling shutter is nicely managed and solely noticeable on fast-moving topics or fast pans.

picture high quality

Gallery: Canon EOS R3 Digicam Pattern Photographs , 43 photographs

The EOS R3 could also be Canon’s greatest mirrorless digital camera ever in the case of picture high quality, particularly in the case of dynamic vary. The brand new 24-megapixel sensor presents no less than a cease extra dynamic vary than the EOS R5, providing you with extra room for adjustment with RAW photos. JPEGs look nice even straight out of the digital camera, with sharpness and noise discount nicely balanced.

Canon’s coloration science remains to be the perfect, delivering stellar coloration accuracy and pure pores and skin tones. As all the time with Canon, it has a slight bias in direction of hotter tones.

The R3 actually shines even in low mild. Noise is sort of non-existent till ISO 3200, with hardly any noticeable drop in dynamic vary. It stays nicely managed as much as ISO 12,800, and pictures are usable at ISO 25,600 and even larger should you go away them totally uncovered.

The most important downside is the 24-megapixel decision. With the 45-megapixel EOS R5 or the 50-megapixel Sony A1, you’ll be able to shoot birds or wildlife at lengthy vary and nonetheless have room to crop. The R3 is way extra restricted if you wish to retain the main points.


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