Canon EOS R3 should now only have a 24 MP sensor
One of the most anticipated cameras of the NAB 2021 can apparently not yet decide on its resolution …
Canon what are you doing In less than a month or two before the release of the new Canon EOS R3, Canon has yet to confirm exact specifications of what … you know … what this camera will contain.
Which is a bit strange given that the Canon R3 was certainly not kept under lock and key. In fact, we got some of our first hands-on reviews two months ago (read our full report on those first hands-on insights here).
Given the reports that the Canon R3 is due out here in September 2021, possibly on or ahead of NAB 2021, you’d think we know at least a little bit about the sensor and resolution.
Which sensor will the Canon R3 have?
Previous reports (as we shared here on NFS) listed the new Canon R3 with a 30.1 MP sensor. This would be comparable to the R3 EOS 1DX Mark III, as well as a small descent from the impressive flagship EOS R5 with its massive 8K capable 45MP sensor.
Yet these new latest rumors that come to us from Canon watch it sounds like the Canon R3 sensor seems to be getting even smaller.
We’re now looking at a 24MP sensor for the R3.
What else do we know?
Well, apparently not much at this point. A 30.1 MP R3, dubbed an “autofocus powerhouse” and with “in-lens and IBIS stabilization functions that could add up to 8 additional stops of light in low-light conditions,” sounded pretty appealing.
Downgrading the sensor to 24 MP won’t significantly affect those promises, however, but it does mean that the R3 could end up being a cheaper and less powerful alternative to the 1DX than a true sister camera option.
Specifications, pricing and availability
It also leaves open many of the specs that the Canon R3 will truly be capable of. It’s at least safe to assume that 4K video recording will at least be preserved – as that’s pretty much the bottom line for any digital video offering these days.
What this 4K might look like, however, must now be questionable. We’ll also have to wait and see if all of these Canon Watch specifications that have been around for months will hold up.
- 24MP back-lit image sensor (or 45MP or 30.1MP—Resolution is not yet confirmed)
- Multi-Controller & Smart Controller
- Adjustable touch screen
- NEW accessory shoe
- WiFi 5GHz
- Electronic high-speed shutter with 30 frames per second with AF / AE tracking + RAW shooting at this speed
- AF to -7.0 EV
- 8 stops Coordinated control IS with optical IS and in-body IS
- 4K Canon Log3
- Oversampling 4K
- Internal RAW video
- Incorporating cars and motorcycles with AF tracking technology
- Internal RAW movie recording
- Speedlite recordings with electronic shutter
- The same weather seal as the EOS-1D series
- LP-E19 battery
- Dual card slot SD & CFExpress
I will say, as a fan of Canon cameras in the past and as someone who generally believes that a crowded, innovative, and competitive marketplace is good for the film and video industry, hopefully this downgrade just means that the price for the R3 decline will be on par with the competition – and potentially open the door to other new camera announcements that are quick to follow.
What do you think of the Canon R3? Are you looking forward to a new 24MP sensor? Or are you waiting for something else to fall?
Let us know in the comments below!