At this point, you might as well pencil in a new camera from every major manufacturer every fiscal quarter from here on out. 

As the market grows more crowded, filmmakers both rejoice at the surplus of quality and affordable options, while cringing a bit perhaps at how quickly their previous investments might become outdated.

When news of a new Canon R3 camera was first announced, we were skeptical until we got our first look at the R3. However, as the R3 has now been spotted in the wild, it was natural to assume that its release to the general public wouldn’t be far behind. 

So, color us surprised to learn that the new Canon R3 is hitting the shelves here in less than a few months with a reported September 2021 release date (via Canon Watch).

Here’s everything we know so far about this new Canon R3…

Canon R3 Release DateCredit: Canon

The Upcoming Canon EOS R3

As we covered in our first look at Canon’s latest mirrorless beast, the EOS R3 is set to join Canon’s growing EOS R system, squashing in somewhere between their popular 8K behemoth EOS R5 and the highly-capable EOS-1D X Mark III.

And truth be told, this R3 looks to be much closer to the 1DX than the R5, just a little bit smaller, mirrorless, and with a more video production-focused design including the built-in portrait style grip, an optical joystick controller and the same reliable batteries.

The R3 is also set to include notable features like internal RAW 4K recording (only to 30fps, though), as well as a down-sampled 6K resolution sensor for some super-crisp 4K video recording capabilities.

Specs & Price:

While still not officially confirmed by Canon, here are the reported specs:

  • 30.1mp backside illuminated image sensor (resolution is not confirmed yet)
  • Multi-Controller & Smart Controller
  • Vari-Angle Touch Screen
  • NEW accessory Shoe
  • Wifi 5GHz
  • High speed 30fps electronic shutter with AF/AE tracking + RAW shooting at this speed
  • AF down to -7.0 EV
  • 8 Stops Coordinated Control IS with Optical IS and In-Body IS
  • 4K Canon Log3​
  • Oversampling 4K
  • Internal RAW video
  • Inclusion of cars and motorbikes in AF tracking technology
  • RAW internal movie recording
  • Speedlite shooting with electronic shutter
  • The same weather sealing as the EOS-1D series
  • LP-E19 Battery
  • Dual card slot SD & CFExpress

There’s also no price yet released by Canon. However, with 4K video capabilities and a 30.1 megapixel sensor you might expect it to fit in snugly with its competition from other brands, we’ll have to wait to see what the opening offer just might be.

We’ll keep you in the loop as things develop.