By Martin Vronsky
The EOS Revolution Continues: Canon Officially Announces the Company’s Most Technologically Advanced Full-Frame Mirrorless Camera, the Professional-Grade EOS R3
MELVILLE, NY, September 14, 2021 - Building on the success of the EOS R camera series, Canon U.S.A. Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced the next leap forward in full-frame mirrorless cameras - the professional-grade Canon EOS R3. The new camera leverages the advancements in technology that Canon has developed since the original EOS R launch in 2018 and bridges the gap between the immensely popular EOS R5 and the world-renowned Canon flagship EOS-1D X line. The EOS R3 is the first “3” series camera from Canon since the widely used EOS-3 film camera launched in 1998.
The EOS R3 camera’s features greatly emphasize superb AF performance and speed with fast-moving subjects. It was designed to meet the reliability and durability demands of professionals, even when working in some extremely challenging conditions.
“The launch of the EOS R3 sets a new benchmark for the Canon EOS R camera system. Canon listened carefully to the voices of professionals when developing a camera to meet their standards,” said Tatsuro “Tony” Kano, executive vice president and general manager of Canon U.S.A.’s Imaging Technologies & Communications Group. “The EOS R3 is a monumental evolution in digital imaging technology. I look forward to seeing the camera in action on the sidelines of sporting events and in the hands of nature and wildlife photographers across the globe.”
The core of the EOS R3 features a Canon designed and manufactured 24.1-megapixel back-illuminated stacked CMOS sensor. The sensor is the first of its kind from Canon, and when combined with the DIGIC X processor, delivers a high-speed readout allowing for continuous blackout-free shooting1 at up to 30 fps in electronic (silent) shutter mode and up to 12 fps in mechanical shutter, with minimum rolling electronic shutter distortion. The combination also increases the high sensitivity, light-capturing efficiency of a native ISO range of 100-102400, expandable up to 204,800 for still images. Like the EOS R5 and R6, the camera features the improved Dual Pixel CMOS AF II with 1,053 AF Points and evolved EOS iTR tracking down to EV -7.5 for subjects such as eye, face, head, animals2, and select cars and motorcycles. In addition, the camera features up to 8 stops3 of in-body image stabilized (IBIS) shake correction.
Leveraging technology and performance feedback from the popular EOS R5 and EOS R6 cameras, the EOS R3 uses Deep-Learning technology to further enhance eye and body detection for even better performance during portrait and action-type shooting. Featuring a new 5.76-million-dot and 120fps blackout-free1 Electronic Viewfinder, the EOS R3 camera will provide photographers with the ability to select the initial area for AF tracking by simply looking directly at the viewfinder location where they want to begin AF. With Eye input AF2 and Servo AF activated, the camera will focus on and track moving subjects at that location in the frame. When Face Detect + Tracking is active, the camera will continue to follow moving subjects around the entire active AF area.
The EOS R3 camera doesn’t just capture spectacular still images, it also packs impressive video specs as well. The camera is capable of shooting 6K 60p RAW and 4K 120p 10-bit uncropped video with Canon Log 3 support, in addition to the possibility for oversampled 4K and RAW movie internal recording. Canon Log 3, which is frequently used in cinema production, helps to reduce the possibility of highlight blowouts. What’s more, the features such as industry standard BT.709, BT.2020 color gamuts, and cinema gamut help to maintain color and tonal consistency. Coordinated 5-axis IBIS helps to correct operator motion or shaking providing dependent video capturing even when using a lens without built-in Optical IS.
Additional features of the EOS R3 Full-Frame Mirrorless Camera include:
Canon’s next-generation Multi-Function Shoe that is compatible with a variety of accessories including the Speedlite EL-1, and new accessories such as the ST-E10 Speedlite Transmitter, External Mic and Smartphone Link Adapter One-piece magnesium alloy design, integrating the body with a vertical grip section Weather and dust resistance equivalent to EOS-1D camera models. Mobile File Transmitter application for iOS® and Android® devices allows photographers to transfer their images quickly and easily without the need for wired LAN equipment Built-in Wired LAN, 5GHz Wi-Fi®, USB and Bluetooth® technology Dual-card slots, supporting one CF express and one UHS-II SD The Canon EOS R3 Full-Frame Mirrorless Camera is scheduled to be available in November 2021 for a suggested retail price of $5999.00*. For more information, please visit usa.canon.com
* Specifications, availability and price are subject to change without notice. Actual prices are set by individual dealers and may vary.
1 Blackout(s) may occur in some cases; such as when the built-in memory is full or when the flash battery is fully recharged after the battery ran out during continuous shooting.
2 Effectiveness varies depending on the subject. In some cases, dogs, cats or birds may not be detected, while some animals other than dogs, cats or birds may be detected.
3 When combined with certain IS lenses such as the RF24-105mm F4 IS L USM, or when used with certain non-IS lenses as well. See individual lens product page for more information.
Canon EOS R3 specifications
MSRP - $5999
Body type- SLR-style mirrorless
Body material - Magnesium alloy
Max resolution - 6000 x 4000
Image ratio w:h - 1:1, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9
Effective pixels - 24 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors - 27 megapixels
Sensor size - Full frame (36 x 24 mm)
Sensor type - Stacked CMOS
Processor - Digic X
Color spaces - RGB, Adobe RGB
Color filter array - Primary color filter
ISO - Auto, 100-102400 (expands to 50-204800)
Boosted ISO (minimum) - 50
Boosted ISO (maximum) - 204800
White balance presets - 6
Custom white balance - Yes
Image stabilization - Sensor-shift
CIPA image stabilization rating - 8 stop(s)
Uncompressed format - RAW
JPEG quality levels - Super fine, fine, normal
JPEG HEIF Raw (Canon CR3, 14-bit) C-Raw (Canon original) Optics & Focus
Contrast Detect (sensor) Phase Detect Multi-area Center Selective single-point Tracking Single Continuous Touch Face Detection Live View Autofocus assist lamp - Yes
Manual focus - Yes
Number of focus points - 1053
Lens mount - Canon RF
Focal length multiplier - 1×
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCD - Fully articulated
Screen size - 3.2″
Screen dots - 4,150,000
Touch screen - Yes
Screen type - TFT LCD
Live view - Yes
Viewfinder type - Electronic
Viewfinder coverage - 100%
Viewfinder magnification - 0.76×
Viewfinder resolution - 5,760,000
Minimum shutter speed - 30/11 sec
Maximum shutter speed - 1/8000 sec
Maximum shutter speed (electronic) - 1/64000 sec
Scene Intelligent Auto Flexible priority Program Shutter priority Aperture priority Manual Bulb Built-in flash - No
External flash - Yes (via hot shoe or flash sync port)
Flash X sync speed - 1/250 sec
Single High-speed continuous+ High-speed continuous Low-speed continuous Self-timer/remote control (10 or 2 sec) Continuous drive30.0 fps Self-timerYes Metering modes
Multi Center-weighted Spot Partial Exposure compensation - ±3 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
AE Bracketing - ±3 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
Format - MPEG-4, H.264, H.265
Microphone - Stereo
Speaker - Mono
Storage types - SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-II supported) + CFexpress Type B
USB - USB 3.2 Gen 2 (10 GBit/sec)
USB charging - Yes
HDMI - Yes (Type A)
Microphone port - Yes
Headphone port - Yes
Wireless - Built-In
Wireless notes - 802.11ac + Bluetooth
Remote control - Yes (via smartphone)
Environmentally sealed - Yes
Battery - Built-in
Battery description - LP-E19 lithium-ion battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA) - 760
Weight (inc. batteries) - 1015 g (2.24 lb / 35.80 oz)
Dimensions - 150 x 143 x 87 mm (5.91 x 5.63 x 3.43″)
Orientation sensor - Yes
Timelapse recording -Yes
GPS - None
By Martin Vronsky
RICOH GR IIIx
A high-end digital compact camera, featuring a newly developed GR lens for high-quality street photography at a standard viewing angle
TOKYO, September 8, 2021－RICOH IMAGING COMPANY, LTD. is pleased to announce the launch of the RICOH GR IIIx. This high-end digital compact camera features a newly developed GR lens with a 40mm angle of view in the 35mm format, while harmonizing professional-grade image quality with a compact, lightweight body perfect for street photography.
The RICOH GR IIIx has been developed in response to user requests for a new GR-series camera that will add a new perspective to the highly acclaimed RICOH GR III. The GR III was released in March 2019, featuring a 28mm wide-angle lens and designed to further enhance the essential values of the GR-series: optimizing image quality, snapshot capabilities and portability. The newly designed 26.1mm GR lens provides a 40mm angle of view in the 35mm format, close to the photographer’s own effective field of view. Depending on the way the lens is used, this versatile angle of view can create different image renditions: you can capture an image similar to those taken at a 30mm semi-wide angle, or create a completely different visual expression as if taken at a 50mm standard angle. The camera also provides a range of new and upgraded post-shooting functions to edit captured images to the photographer’s preference.
The new RICOH GR IIIx is a camera that harmonizes all the benefits of the ever-evolving RICOH GR series with a new, innovative perspective perfect for dramatic, inspiring street photography.
1. Newly designed, high-resolution GR lens
The RICOH GR IIIx incorporates a newly developed 26.1mm F2.8 GR lens, which harmonizes exceptional image quality with a slim design. Unlike past GR-series models which featured a 28mm wide angle of view for exaggerated perspective, this lens provides a 40mm standard angle of view in the 35mm format, delivering images with a more natural perspective and a more truthful sense of depth for a completely different type of street photography. The newly designed optics incorporates two aspherical optical elements at most effective positions to reduce distortion and chromatic aberration to a minimum, while effectively minimizing the generation of flare and ghost images when shooting against backlight. In macro photography, the camera allows the user to move in on a subject to as close as 12 centimeters from the lens front end. Coupled with the standard focal length, it captures close-up images with a natural perspective, set against a beautifully defocused background. It also comes equipped with an ND (Neutral Density) filter, which closes the aperture down by two stops to capture high-contrast, high-resolution images with a variety of scenes and subjects and under varying shooting conditions. Its nine-blade diaphragm mechanism creates a natural bokeh (defocus) effect and a truthful sense of depth at open and larger apertures, while capturing beautiful light beams at closed-down apertures.
2. High-quality, high-resolution images
The GR IIIx incorporates a large APS-C-format CMOS image sensor with an anti-aliasing (AA) filter-less design and a newly developed GR ENGINE 6 imaging engine to optimize its image resolving power. With approximately 24.24 effective megapixels, this image sensor assures super-high-resolution images rich in gradation. It is also compatible with multi-tone 14-bit RAW image recording. The camera also features the RICOH-original accelerator unit designed to optimize the image data delivered by the image sensor, and provides a top sensitivity of ISO 102400 for super-high-sensitivity photography.
3. Hybrid AF system for high-speed, high-precision autofocus operation
The GR IIIx features a hybrid AF system combining a contrast-type AF mechanism superior in focusing precision with a phase-detection-type AF mechanism assuring high-speed focusing operation. During autofocus shooting, this AF system detects the subject’s face or eye with precision,* focuses on it, and indicates the in-focus position on the LCD display using the AF frame. When the camera detects multiple faces, it automatically distinguishes the main subject from secondary ones and indicates this on the focus frame. Photographers can also change the main subject with simple touch-screen operation.
A firmware upgrade for the RICOH GR III will be provided soon. GR III users are advised to update the camera’s firmware to use this function. 4. RICOH-original SR mechanism
Three-axis, four-step* shake reduction: The RICOH-original SR (Shake Reduction) mechanism means that the GR IIIx effectively compensates for camera shake at the time of shutter release. The three-axis mechanism minimizes the adverse effects of camera shake caused by pitch, yaw and roll by as much as four shutter steps. Since the SR mechanism shifts the image sensor to the ideal position horizontally and vertically, the camera lets the user take advantage of the Auto Horizon Correction function to effortlessly optimize image composition.
Measured in conformity with CIPA standards. RICOH-original AA Filter Simulator*: By applying microscopic vibrations with sub-pixel precision to the image sensor unit during exposure, the camera’s AA (anti-aliasing) Filter Simulator provides the same level of moiré reduction as an optical AA filter. This innovative simulator allows the user not only to switch the AA filter effect on and off, but also to adjust the effect to the level best suited for a given subject.
_* This function is available at shutter speeds slower than 1/1000 second._
5. Compact, lightweight design
Despite the incorporation of the large APS-C-format image sensor and the newly developed optics with a longer focal length, the GR IIIx is designed to be extremely compact, functional and portable, in keeping with the GR-series concept of the camera as a pocketable imaging tool or a handy picture-taking tool. It also provides a host of user-friendly features – such as a short start-up time of approximately 0.8 seconds, control dials conveniently positioned next to the four-way controller, and effortless touch-screen operation – to enhance operability and allow the user to swiftly react to once-in-a-lifetime shutter opportunities. The exterior frame is made of highly rigid magnesium alloy to improve dependability and durability while being carried or stored.
6. High-definition LCD monitor with intuitive touch-screen operation
The GR IIIx features a 3.0-inch high-definition LCD monitor with approximately 1,037,000 dots. Its touch-screen operation provides swift, intuitive control of various camera functions, such as AF frame shift, menu selection, and image advance/magnification during playback. It also features an air gapless construction, in which special resin is inserted between the LCD touchscreen monitor and a protective cover made of reinforced glass, to effectively reduce the reflection and dispersion of light for improved visibility. The Outdoor View Setting allows the user to instantly adjust the monitor’s brightness to the desired level for greater visibility in difficult lighting conditions.
7. Image Control function to produce desired visual effects
The GR IIIx features a creative Image Control function, which integrates effect modes into conventional image setting operations. Using 11 basic Image Control modes, the user can easily adjust various parameters, such as saturation, hue, key, contrast and graininess, to the desired level and create their preferred finishing touch. A set of adjusted parameters can be added as a custom setting to the Image Control function menu.
8. Advanced image editing
The GR IIIx provides in-body RAW-data development, while allowing the user to edit a captured image as desired by adjusting such parameters as recoding size, aspect ratio, white balance, Image Control setting, and exposure compensation factor, all without the need of a PC. Since the camera reduces the time required for preview after the user adjusts the parameters of RAW-format images, it enhances the speed of in-body RAW-data development. The camera also lets the user retain the adjusted parameters after the initial RAW-data development is completed, making it possible to make minute re-adjustment of the already-developed image with greater efficiency. The camera’s image quality adjustment function for JPEG images is also upgraded: a newly added monochrome mode allows more minute adjustment of parameters in full-color images, such as filter effect, toning, contrast and sharpness, to create monochrome images with the desired finishing touches. The camera also provides such creative tools as a choice of aspect ratio (16:9 or 4:3)* and image rotation in 0.1-degree steps* to facilitate the image editing process.
A firmware upgrade for the RICOH GR III will be provided soon. GR III users are advised to update the camera’s firmware to use these tools. 9. Bluetooth and wireless LAN dual communication
The GR IIIx provides wireless LAN functions for easy pairing with mobile devices such as smartphones and tablet computers. By installing the dedicated Image Sync application, the user can transfer captured images to a mobile device, display a Live-View image on the device’s monitor, change various settings remotely, release the shutter from a distance, and even upload captured images to various social media with ease. Even when the camera’s power is turned off, the user can browse and download the images stored on the camera to a mobile device. The user can also send a mobile device’s location data to the camera, and record the data on captured images. The Auto Resize function,* which automatically reduces the image size before transmitting an image to a mobile device, also helps improve the camera’s operability.
A firmware upgrade for the RICOH GR III will be provided soon. GR III users are advised to update the camera’s firmware to use this function. 10. Other features
・Full HD movie recording (1920 x 1080 pixels, 60 frame rate) in the H-264 recording format ・New DOF Priority (Deep) * added to the program line to prioritize the closed aperture setting ・Color Moiré Correction function to reduce the effect of moiré during playback ・Interval Composite mode, effective in capturing landscapes with traces of the moon and stars ・Electronic Level to check the camera’s inclination ・GT-2 Tele Conversion Lens (optional)** to extend the focal length to approx. 75mm telephoto in the 35mm format, usable in combination with the camera’s auto detection and crop functions ・Compatibility with accessory flash units designed for use with PENTAX digital SLR cameras***
A firmware upgrade for the RICOH GR III will be provided soon. GR III users are advised to update the camera’s firmware to use this program. ** The GA-2 Lens Adapter – an optional accessory designed exclusively for the GR IIIx – is required to install this lens on the GR IIIx.
*** Compatible accessory flash units are: AF540FGZ II, AF360FGZ II, AF540FGZ, AF360FGZ, AF201FG and AF200FG.
GT-2 Tele Conversion Lens and GA-2 Lens Adapter
Designed for exclusive use with the RICOH GR IIIx, this tele conversion lens is mounted on the camera using the GA-2 Lens Adapter. When mounted, the camera automatically detects it as a tele conversion lens and extends the focal length to approximately 75mm in the 35mm format with the Crop mode, or to approximately 107mm in the secondary Crop mode.
GV-3 External Mini Finder
Designed for exclusive use with the RICOH GR IIIx, this external optical viewfinder features a focus frame (1:1 aspect ratio; a picture guide mark provided) indicating an image field equivalent to the 40mm angle of view in the 35mm format. Carrying case included.
GN-2(DG)/GN-2(BK)/GN-2(BZ) Ring Cap
Exclusively designed for use with the RICOH GR IIIx, this accessory replaces the standard ring cap to upgrade the camera’s appearance, with a choice of three colors: Dark Gray, Black, and the new GR IIIx-exclusive Bronze.
GC-11 Soft Case
This high-grade, genuine-leather camera case provides solid protection of the RICOH GR IIIx/GR III camera body. It features a belt loop on the back and a magnetic lock on the upper cover for quick removal of the camera in snapshot applications.
GC-12 Soft Case
This high-grade, genuine-leather camera case protects the RICOH GR IIIx/GR III camera body when carrying it in a bag. When not in use, it can be folded for portability.