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Canon Introduces New Full-Frame Mirrorless EOS R3 and New RF Series Lenses

CanonEOS R3 2Canon has announced a new Full-Frame Mirrorless Camera, the Professional-Grade EOS R3 as well as two new lenses, the RF16mm F2.8 STM and the RF100–400mm F5.6–8 IS USM.  The camera is designed to bridge the gap between Canon's EOS R5 and their flagship EOS-1D X line.

HR EOS R3 4 CLThe EOS R3 features a 24.1-megapixel back-illuminated stacked CMOS sensor said to deliver excellent low-light performance for a native ISO range of 100-102400, expandable up to 204,800 for still images. 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 shooting at up to 30 fps in electronic (silent) shutter mode and up to 12 fps in mechanical shutter, with minimum rolling electronic shutter distortion.  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, animals, and select cars and motorcycles. In addition, the camera features up to 8 stops of in-body image stabilized (IBIS) shake correction.

HR EOS R3 9 CLThe 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.  It also features 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 $5999US.

The Canon RF16mm F2.8 STM is compact and lightweight covering full-frame cameras with a fast f/2.8 maximum lens aperture, as well as smooth and fast AF.  It features a minimum focus distance of 5.11”, a maximum magnification of 0.26x, with a 43mm filter thread.  Meanwhile, the RF100–400mm F5.6–8 IS USM provides users with a versatile zoom range that is still hand-holdable.  The RF16mm F2.8 STM and RF100–400mm F5.6–8 IS USM are scheduled to be available in October 2021 for an estimated retail price of $299US and $649US, respectively.