Canon R3 Has Eye-controlled AF and 30fps Shooting

Today, Canon has announced a new camera in its mirrorless line-up: the Canon EOS R3. Designed for sports, press, and wildlife photographers, this camera is the most advanced in Canon’s R series to date. 

The announcement is not a full unveiling, and instead shows that this camera is currently in development. This powerful, professional mirrorless camera is capable of 30 frames per second shooting speed – all whilst retaining continuous AF.

There is also eye and body AF detection, as well as a new “eye control” technology for the autofocus.

Currently, Canon is keeping its card close to its chest with regards to the full specification, but the key details are a tantalising glimpse into what is yet to come.

The Canon R3 is the first EOS series camera to feature an entirely new 35mm back-illuminated stacked CMOS sensor (developed by Canon).

First seen in 1992 in the Canon EOS 5, this is the company’s first digital camera to harness Eye Control Function. Sounding like something expected from the controls of an apache helicopter, this technology allows you to use the viewfinder to select and move the AF point with just your eye.

As is clear from the R3’s design, it is inspired by the EOS-1D series. The 1D is known for its effective weather sealing, which is something we will see to be echoed by the R3.

Key features announced so far:

  • New Canon-developed stacked BSI CMOS sensor
  • 30fps with continuous AF/AE tracking
  • Eye Control Function
  • Subject eye and head detection
  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF
  • 1D series weather resistance

The R3 is not yet available for pre-order. However, if you are interested in finding out more you can head to the Canon website.

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