About the Canon EOS R3 (no lens included)
Canon's best fast-action mirrorless camera
Canon's best fast-action mirrorless camera
If you've ever photographed a fast-moving subject, then you know it can be difficult to get sharp, blur-free photos (you know those blurry dog pics in the backyard that I'm talking about). That's why advanced mirrorless cameras like Canon's EOS R3 exist — to freeze fast-moving subjects no matter how quickly they're moving.
The R3's integrated grip gives you excellent battery life, plus a second set of controls for shooting in portrait mode.
The R3 is all about speed, speed, speed
I've photographed a number of action-oriented events in my career, including collegiate and motor sports.
When I miss an action shot it's almost always due to one of two things: either my camera's buffer has filled up and I have to wait to take the next frame, or the focus can't keep up and I get a blurry shot. The professional-grade R3 solves these issues, and more.
Press and hold the shutter button to enable continuous shooting, and you'll be rewarded with an astonishing 1,000 high-res JPEGs in a row before the camera has to catch its breath (or an equally impressive 290 RAW files). It freezes the action by capturing up to 30 frames per second.
This camera also features Canon's potent Dual Pixel CMOS AF II autofocus system, which quickly and accurately keeps your moving subject in focus.
A fantastic choice for videographers, too
The EOS R3 is a world-class still camera, but it's also an attractive option for professional videographers, thanks to in-body image stabilization, 6K/60p and 4K/120p video recording, and dual card slots with simultaneous recording.
The in-body image stabilization (IBIS) is part of what makes this camera so special. It lets you take photos in low-light environments at slow shutter speeds — a situation where slight movements of your hands would normally affect your image quality.
The image stabilization system is particularly helpful when recording handheld video. You'll capture super-smooth footage without the "jumping" effect that non-stabilized cameras can produce, even when using non-stabilized lenses.
Tailor-built for professionals
One of the features I love most about the R3 is its integrated grip, which gives you a second set of controls for shooting vertically, plus excellent battery life.
The R3 is weather-sealed against dirt and moisture, so you can confidently use it outdoors in adverse conditions. And if you already shoot with one of Canon's pro-level DSLR cameras, you're in luck — the R3 uses the same beefy LP-E19 rechargeable battery as the acclaimed EOS-1D X Mark III.
Superb matching RF Series lenses
One of the best reasons to consider the R3 is Canon's magnificent lineup of matching RF lenses. These mirrorless-only models are among the best lenses Canon has ever constructed. Yes, they can be large (and quite expensive), but the image quality they yield is second to none.
It's worth noting that RF lenses are only compatible with Canon's EOS R system. Because of their unique design, RF lenses cannot be used with any of Canon's DSLR cameras.
Compatible with your existing Canon glass
If you already own Canon EF lenses you'll be happy to know you can use them with the R3. That's huge news for the many Canon users (like me) whose investment in lenses might well outweigh the cost of a camera itself. You'll need one of Canon's EOS mount adapters to attach your existing glass to the EOS R3.
- 24.1-megapixel full-frame back-illuminated stacked CMOS sensor
- in-body image stabilization for up to 8 stops of shake correction
- DIGIC X image processor for speedy operation and reduced noise at high ISO settings
- compatible with Canon RF lenses
- optional EOS mount adapters allow you to use Canon EF lenses
- not compatible with Canon EF-M lenses
- built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth allows easy file sharing and remote control from smart devices
- 3.15" high-resolution 4.15-million-dot LCD rotating touchscreen with anti-smudge coating and brightness control
- high-resolution 5.76-million-dot OLED electronic viewfinder
- provides 100% frame coverage
- multi-function hot shoe for use with optional external accessories like a microphone or flash transmitter
- rechargeable LP-E19 lithium ion battery and LC-E19 charger included
- charger can recharge up to two LP-E19 batteries at one time
- weather-sealed against dirt and moisture for use in adverse conditions
- ideal for capturing fast-moving subjects like athletes, race cars, and wildlife
- 6K at up to 60 frames per second
- 4K at up to 120 frames per second
- Canon Log gamma profile supports HDR movie production
- 10-bit 4:2:2 HDMI output lets you record cinema-quality video to an external monitor
- Dual Pixel CMOS AF II autofocus system for fast, accurate focusing
- 1,053 automatic AF zones
- Face+Tracking AF and Eye Detection AF modes lock focus for sharp captures of moving subjects
- Eye Control AF automatically tracks the movement of your eye to lock-in on your subject's initial focal point
Exposure modes and controls:
- up to 12 frames per second in high-speed continuous shooting mode with the mechanical shutter
- up to 30 frames per second in high-speed continuous shooting mode with the electronic shutter
- program auto, shutter-priority, aperture-priority, manual, and fully automatic exposure modes
- shutter speed range: 30-1/8,000 seconds, bulb
- ISO range: 100-51,200 (expandable to 204,800)
File formats and storage:
- records in RAW, JPEG, and RAW+JPEG formats
- top JPEG resolution (pixels): 6000 x 4000
- movie file format: MP4
- dual card slots for expanded storage and recording options
Connections and dimensions:
- USB (Type C) interface for fast data transfer and charging (cable included)
- HDMI micro (Type D) output (cable not included)
- 3.5mm microphone input and 3.5mm headphone jack
- 5-15/16"W x 5-5/8"H x 3-7/16"D
- weight (with battery and memory card): 2.24 pounds
- warranty: 1 year
- Our 60-day money-back guarantee
- MFR # 4895C002
What's in the box:
- Digital camera body
- Camera Dust Cover R-F-5 (installed)
- Battery compartment cap (installed)
- Accessory shoe cover (installed)
- Eyecup ER-h
- Battery Pack LP-E19 (10.8V 2700mAh 30Wh)
- Battery Charger LC-E19 with 2 protective covers
- Power cord
- Wide shoulder strap (ER-L1)
- Cable protector
- 39" IFC-100U USB 3.0 cable
- Instruction Manual
- Warranty card
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Features & specs
|LCD Screen Size||3.2"|
|Lens 35mm Equivalent||None included|
|Live Stream Capable||No|
|CFexpress Cards||Type B|
|SD Cards||SD, SDHC, SDXC|
|Highest Resolution||6000 x 4000|
|Video Resolution||6000 x 3164 (6K RAW)|
|Weight With Battery (ounces)||35.84|
|Parts Warranty||1 Year|
|Labor Warranty||1 Year|
Package Overview: Canon's new mirrorless EOS R3 digital camera is equipped with a 24.1 Megapixel full-frame CMOS image sensor. The R3 combines some of the best technology from the EOS R5 and the EOS-1D X Mark III cameras. The camera is compatible with RF-mount lenses, and with the EF-EOS R Mount Adapter (sold separately), you can use all of your EF and EF-S lenses. No lenses are included in this "body only" kit.
24.1 Megapixel CMOS Sensor: The EOS R3's high quality, back-illuminated stacked 24.1 MP full-frame CMOS sensor (36mm x 24mm) delivers images of up to 6000 x 4000 pixels. The powerful DIGIC X Image Processor enhances the speed of operations in the camera, and features an ISO range of 100 to 102400 (expandable to 204800).
Vari-angle Touch Screen Monitor: The EOS R3 features a 3.2" LCD TFT color monitor with approximately 4.15-million dots which allows you to view and shoot real-time images. The 3:2 aspect ratio monitor has a capacitive touch screen that allows you to make menu selections, touch focus and touch shutter in Live View, and browse images using your fingers. The LCD monitor offers 100% viewing coverage and 7 manual brightness levels to choose from. In Live View, grid lines can be displayed in 9 sections (3x3), 24 sections (6x4), or 9 sections (3x3) with diagonals, as well as a dual-axis electronic level. The Live View function enables you to shoot your subjects while viewing them on the LCD monitor.
0.5" OLED Electronic Viewfinder (EVF): The Canon EOS R3 uses an eye-level viewfinder with 0.76x magnification for approximately 100% vertical and horizontal coverage. The 0.5" OLED EVF has approximately 5.76-million dots. A -4.0 to +2m-1 diopter lets you adjust the viewfinder's image to your eyesight.
Sensor Cleaning System: Canon's Sensor Cleaning System lets you remove dust from the image sensor manually, automatically, or on command, as selected in the menu. When Auto Cleaning is selected, the sensor is cleaned when the screen goes off, including when it has been turned off automatically. Dust that remains, even after automatic cleaning, can be removed manually with a commercially-available blower or similar tool.
Recording Media: The EOS R3 is equipped with two memory card slots: one for CFexpress Type B cards, and one for SD, SDHC, and SDXC cards. The SD card slot supports both UHS-I and UHS-II cards. (Use of UHS-II microSDHC/SDXC cards with an adapter is not recommended).
Still Image Recording Formats: The camera records still images in JPEG, HEIF, RAW and C-RAW. JPEG and HEIF images can be set to an Image Quality value between 1 and 10. Values between 1 and 5 are indicated as Normal, while Quality values between 6 and 10 are indicated as Fine. Simultaneous RAW + JPEG and RAW + HEIF recording are also possible. The image's aspect ratio can be set to 3:2, 4:3, 16:9, or 1:1. The 1.6x Crop isolates and magnifies the center of the image by 1.6x to match the size of an APS-C image. JPEG and HEIF images will be saved with the set aspect ratio, while RAW images will always be saved in 3:2 , Available image sizes include:
|Image Quality||Aspect Ratio|
|RAW/C-RAW||6000 x 4000||3744 x 2496||6000 x 4000||6000 x 4000||6000 x 4000|
|Large ||6000 x 4000||3744 x 2496|| |
4000 x 4000
|5328 x 4000||6000 x 3368|
|Medium||3984 x 2656||---||2656 x 2656||3552 x 2664||3984 x 2240|
|Small 1||2976 x 1984||---||1984 x 1984||2656 x 1992||2976 x 1680|
|Small 2||2400 x 1600||2400 x 1600||1600 x 1600||2112 x 1600||2400 x 1344|
Movies: Movies are recorded in the MP4 and RAW formats, in 6K RAW, 4K and Full HD, and in three compression methods (All-I, IPB Standard, and IPB-Light). High Frame Rate movies are recorded at 30 fps, so they are played in slow motion at 1/4 speed. The available movie recording modes include:
|Movie Recording Mode|| |
|Frame Rate (fps)||Compression|
|6K RAW||6000 x 3164||60, 30, 24||RAW (Standard) |
|4K DCI (17:9)||4096 x 2160||60, 30, 24, 120||ALL-I, IPB, IPB-Light|
|4K UHD (16:9)||3840 x 2160||60, 30, 24, 120||ALL-I, IPB, IPB-Light|
|Full HD (16:9)||1920 x 1080||60, 30, 24, 120||ALL-I, IPB, IPB-Light|
4K Frame Grab: You can select any desired frame from a 4K movie, and save it as a JPEG or HEIF still photo. Frame Grab is done during playback. The resolution of the still images are as follows:
- 4K DCI (17:9): 4096 x 2160
- 4K UHD (16:9): 3840 x 2160
In-Body Image Stabilization (IBIS): The EOS R3 is the first Canon camera with 5-axis IBIS (In-Body Image Stabilization), which allows you to shoot still images at slower shutter speeds, and reduce camera shake when shooting movies. In addition, when an RF or EF lens with Optical Image Stabilization is attached, the EOS R3 provides Coordinated Control for an even higher degree of shake correction from 6 to 8 stops.
Drive Modes: The Canon EOS R3 offers the following Drive modes:
- Single Shooting: When you press the shutter button completely, only one shot will be taken.
- Continuous Shooting: While you press and hold the shutter button completely, multiple shots will be taken
continuously. The Shutter Mode and Continuous Shooting mode settings determine the frame rate. Other conditions (shutter speed, aperture value, lens type, etc.) may slow the shooting frame rate in all modes.
- High-speed Continuous Shooting +:
- Electronic Shutter: up to 30 shots/sec.
- Electronic 1st Curtain: up to 12 shots/sec
- Mechanical Shutter: up to 12 shots/sec
- High-speed Continuous Shooting:
- Electronic Shutter: up to 15 shots/sec
- Electronic 1st Curtain: up to 8 shots/sec
- Mechanical Shutter: up to 6 shots/sec
- Low-speed Continuous Shooting: Approximately 3 shots per second
- High-speed Continuous Shooting +:
- Self-Timer: The camera will record an image 2 or 10 seconds after pressing the shutter button on the camera.
- Remote Control: Using the optional BR-E1 Wireless Remote Control, you can operate the camera from up to approximately 16.4 feet.
Eye Control: The EOS R3 is the first EOS Digital camera to feature Eye Control AF. It was a popular feature on the EOS 3 film camera. With Eye Control AF, the user chooses the subject to focus on simply by looking at it through the Electronic Viewfinder, selecting that point, and shooting. The camera must first be calibrated under shooting conditions, first horizontally, then vertically. You can save different calibration data for different users, or for different eyewear conditions. As you look through the viewfinder, the displayed target or pointer moves to other positions as you move your eye. When the target is over your desired subject, you can auto focus by pressing the shutter button halfway, then shoot.
Dual Pixel CMOS Autofocus System: The EOS R3 features a Dual Pixel CMOS AF II system with 4,779 manually selectable AF points (81 x 59) for still photos, and 3,969 points (81 x 49) for movies. In addition, the AF points can be automatically selected in up to 1,053 AF zones (39 x 27) for still photos, and 819 AF zones (39 x 21) for movies.
Focusing Modes: The camera lets you choose one of the methods for focusing:
- One-Shot AF: suited for still subjects, the camera focuses only once.
- Servo AF: for moving subjects when the focusing distance keeps changing. The subject will be focused continuously while the shutter button is pressed halfway.
- Manual Focusing: focusing manually using the focus ring on the attached lens
Subject to Detect: In the Autofocus menu, you can choose the type of subject you want the camera to detect. If you choose "People," the camera prioritizes faces or heads of people as the main subjects to track. If "Animals" is chosen, the camera detects dogs, cats, birds, and other animals, as well as humans to track. The camera will also detect "Vehicles" (New) for shooting two- or four-wheeled motorsports vehicles and people. The menu lets you enable Eye Detection for people or animals to help focus on the subject. Otherwise, the camera determines the main subject automatically from the subject information detects.
Shooting Modes: The EOS R3's offers the following shooting modes:
- Flexible-Priority AE (FV): The camera lets you set the shutter speed, aperture value, and ISO speed manually or automatically, and combine these settings with your choice of exposure compensation.
- Program AE (P): The camera automatically sets the shutter speed and aperture value to suit the scene's brightness.
- Shutter-Priority AE (Tv): In this mode, you set the shutter speed and the camera automatically sets the aperture value to suit the brightness of the subject. A slow shutter speed can create a blurred effect, while a fast shutter speed can freeze action.
- Aperture-priority AE (Av): In this mode, you set the desired aperture value and the camera sets the shutter speed automatically to suit the subject brightness. A low aperture number can create a blurred background (narrow depth of field), while a high aperture number can create a sharp foreground and background (wide depth of field). The Depth-of-Field Preview button lets you see how the different aperture settings affect your photo.
- Manual Exposure: In this mode, you set both the shutter speed and aperture value as desired.
- Bulb: When Bulb is set, the shutter stays open as long as you hold down the shutter button completely, and closes when you release the shutter button. The Bulb Timer function lets you preset the bulb exposure's exposure time. Bulb exposures are for night scenes, fireworks, the night sky, and other subjects requiring long exposures.
Metering Modes: The EOS R3 features real-time metering with the image sensor, which is divided into 384 zones (24 x 16). Using the "Q" button, you can select from the following metering modes:
- Evaluative Metering: The camera's standard metering mode suited for most subjects even under backlit conditions, after detecting the main subject's position, brightness, background, front and back lighting conditions, etc, the camera sets the proper exposure.
- Partial Metering: Effective when the background is much brighter than the subject due to backlighting, etc, uses approximately 5.9% of the frame at the center.
- Spot Metering: For metering a specific part of the subject, uses approximately 2.9% of the frame at the center.
- Center-weighted Average Metering: Metering is weighted at the center and then averaged for the entire scene.
ISO Speed: The camera's ISO speed can be set automatically or manually. For still photo shooting, the normal ISO speed range is ISO 100-102400 in 1/3-stop or 1-stop increments. You can also select an Expanded ISO speed equivalent of ISO 50 (L) or ISO 204800 (H). You can define the Manual ISO range from a minimum of ISO 50 to ISO 51200 to a maximum of ISO 100 to ISO 102400, in 1-stop increments. The Auto IS range can be set from a minimum of ISO 100-51200 to a maximum of ISO 200-102400 in 1-stop increments. For movie recording, the ISO speed is ISO 100 to ISO 25600.
Picture Style: By selecting a Picture Style, you can achieve various effects matching your photographic expression or the subject. You can also adjust the Sharpness (with separate strength, fineness, and threshold parameters), Contrast, Saturation, Color tone, Filtering Effect (monochrome), or Toning Effect (monochrome) of each Picture Style. Picture Style selections include:
- Auto: Color tone is adjusted automatically to suit the scene. The image will look vivid, especially for blue skies, greenery, and sunsets in nature, outdoor, and sunset scenes.
- Standard: A general-purpose Picture Style to suit most scenes. The image looks vivid, sharp, and crisp.
- Portrait: Suited for close-up portraits, this Picture Style is for nice skin tones, making the image look softer. You can change the color tone to adjust the skin tone.
- Landscape: For vivid blues and greens, very sharp and crisp images.
- Fine Detail: Suited for detailed outline and fine texture description of the subject, and slightly vivid colors.
- Neutral: For natural colors and subdued images, no sharpness applied.
- Faithful: When the subject is photographed under a color temperature of 5200 K, the color is adjusted to match the subject's colorimetrical color, no sharpness applied. (recommended for users who prefer to process images on their PC)
- Monochrome: Creates black and white images
- User Defined 1-3: You can register your own Picture Style settings for Portrait and Landscape modes.
High Dynamic Range (HDR): You can take artistic photos having a high dynamic range and preserving detail in highlight and shadow areas. The new HDR PQ, a new gamma curve based on the characteristics of human eyesight, can be enabled or disabled in still photos (HEIF, 10-bit) or movies (MP4, 10-bit).
Multiple Exposures: You can shoot two to nine exposures to be merged into one image. If you shoot multiple-exposure images with Live View shooting, you can see how the single exposures merge while shooting.
White Balance: White Balance is for making the white areas look white. You can choose from the following white balance settings: Auto (Ambience priority), Auto (White priority), Daylight, Shade, Cloudy/Twilight/Sunset, Tungsten Light, White Fluorescent Light, Flash Use, Custom, and Color Temperature.
EL/EX Speedlite Compatible: The EOS R3 features a next-generation Multi-Function Shoe that adds functionality, including wireless radio flash control. The acclaimed E-TTL II flash metering system works with flashes in the EL/EX-series Speedlite line for automatic flash photography. You can also set the flash output levels manually, if desired. The Continuous Shooting Priority Mode (CSP) automaticlly reduces the flash output by one stop and increases ISO speed by one stop.
Wired LAN: The EOS R3 is equipped with a standard RJ-45 Ethernet interface (IEEE 802.3u, 1000BASE-T) for a fast and secure hardwired connection.
Wireless Functions: The camera features built-in Wi-Fi (2.4 and 5 GHz) and Bluetooth (ver. 5.0), which allow you connect wirelessly to a compatible smartphone, tablet, or computer. You can also wirelessly print images using a Wi-Fi printer. Using the free Canon Camera Connect app on a compatible iOS or Android device, you can shoot remotely from a distance, with complete control of settings such as aperture, shutter speed, ISO, focus, and shutter release.
Note: The Canon Camera Connect app is compatible with iOS devices running iOS 14.0 or later, and with Android phones and tablets running Android (version varies with device).
GPS Settings: The EOS R3 features built-in GPS for tagging files with GPS location information, including coordinates and accurate timestamp metadata. The GPS receiver is compatible with the U.S.-based GPS satellites, as well as Russian GLONASS and Japanese MICHIBIKI Quasi-Zenith satellites. The GPS provides latitude, longitude, elevation, and UTC (Coordinated Universal Time). You can set the camera to update its position every second, 5 seconds, 10 seconds, 15 seconds, 30 seconds, one minute, two minutes, or five minutes. Data can be retained for 10 minutes, 30 minutes, 1 hour, 3 hours, 6 hours, or unlimited.
Single Image Playback: When playing back a single image, you can choose from these display options: No Information, Basic Information Display, or Shooting Information display.
Image Magnification: When viewing a still picture in single image playback mode, you can magnify the image to 2x, 4x, 8x, or 10x. While the image is magnified, you can scroll anywhere around the image.
Index Display: You can search for images quickly with the index display, showing 4 (2x2), 9 (3x3), 36 (6x6), or 100 (10x10) images on one screen.
Auto Rotation: Vertical shots can be rotated automatically so that they are displayed upright during playback.
Image Review: The image can be displayed on the LCD monitor immediately after you shoot. The review time can be set to off (not displayed), 2 seconds, 4 seconds, 8 seconds, or Hold, which keeps the image displayed on the LCD monitor until the camera is focused again.
Slide Show: You can view all images on the memory card one after another with the Auto Playback function (slide show). You can choose which recorded images will be displayed in the slide show by selecting Folder, Date, Protect, File Type, or Rating. The display time interval can be set to 1, 2, 3, 5, 10, or 20 seconds.
Rotating Images: You can rotate an image by 90° or 270° clockwise in the LCD monitor.
Protect Images: You can select specific images from being erased accidentally.
HDMI Output: A Type D Micro HDMI connection is provided for connecting the camera to an HDMI-equipped TV. The camera automatically switches the output resolution to the capability of the HDTV, or you can set it manually to 1080p. The HDMI connection is not CEC-compatible.
SuperSpeed USB (USB 3.1): A SuperSpeed USB (USB 3.1 Gen 1) equivalent USB-C port is provided for connecting the camera to your USB-C equipped computer via the included IFC-100U interface cable. SuperSpeed USB provides much faster data transfer than USB 2.0.
Resize: Images shot with the camera can be resized to make the pixel count lower, and saved as a new image. You can only resize JPEG or HEIF Large, Medium, and Small 1 sized images. JPEG/HEIF Small 2 and RAW images cannot be resized.
Power Options: The EOS R3 operates on the supplied LP-E19 Lithium-Ion battery (10.8V, 2700mAh, 30Wh). The battery can be charged in the supplied LC-E19 battery charger in approximately 2 hours 20 minutes. The supplied battery performance specs are as follows:
|Shooting Method||Temperature||Battery Life (approx # of shots)|
|Monitor||73°F (23°C)||760 shots||860 shots|
|Viewfinder||440 shots||620 shots|
Optional AC Power: With the optional DR-E19 DC coupler and the AC-E19 AC adapter, you can connect the camera to a household power outlet and not worry about the battery becoming exhausted.
Optional USB Power Adapter: The optional USB Power Adapter PD-E1 lets you charge the LP-E19 battery pack inside the camera. The PD-E1 cannot be used to power the camera.
Auto Power Off: To save battery power, the camera turns off automatically after a period of non-operation. The Auto Power Off time can be set to 1 minute, 2 minutes, 4 minutes, 8 minutes, 15 minutes, or 30 minutes. You can also disable the Auto Power Off function.
Canon EOS Software: The EOS R3 does not include any software in the box. The following software, available for Windows and Mac, can be used with the camera and is available for free download from the Canon website:
- Digital Photo Professional: Recommended for users who mainly shoot RAW images. You can view, edit, process, and print RAW images at high speed. You can also edit JPEG images while retaining the original images. Compatible with Windows 10 (64-bit), Windows 8.1 (64-bit), macOS 11, macOS 10.15, macOS 10.14
- EOS Utility: The EOS Utility is software for communication with your EOS R3 camera. You can download images to your computer from the camera's memory card, as well as set various camera settings. You can also shoot remotely from the software. Compatible with Windows 10, Windows 8.1, macOS 11, macOS 10.15.3 or later, macOS 10.14
- Picture Style Editor: This software lets you edit Picture Styles and create and save original Picture Style files. Compatible with Windows 10 (64-bit), Windows 8.1 (64-bit), macOS 11, macOS 10.15, macOS 10.14
- GPS Log File Utility: The software can be used to convert GPS log files (.LOG) to KMZ format. Compatible with Windows 10, Windows 10 (64-bit), Windows 8.1, Windows 8.1 (64-bit), macOS 10.15, macOS 10.14, macOS 10.13, and macOS 10.12.