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Canon R3 a ‘sports hero’

Canon has announced the R3, a 24.1-megapixel mirrorless full-frame camera capable of 30 fps, will be available from late November with an RRP of $8599

The R3 is Canon’s mirrorless full-frame answer to the EOS 1D series of cameras, which are designed with professional sports photographers and photojournalists in mind.

The new 24.1-megapixel, back-illuminated, stacked CMOS sensor, designed by Canon, ‘almost entirely’ eliminates rolling shutter distortion. And when using the electronic shutter it can clock shutter speeds up to 1/64,000th of a second. Likewise, the electronic shutter can shoot at 30fps with AE and AF tracking while shooting RAW files.

The AF is also quick, with a maximum focusing speed of 0.03 seconds. The AF system is backed by new ‘Deep Learning’ AI, which covers AF for humans and animals, including birds, eye and body autofocus, and face/head detection modes. There is also a vehicle tracking mode, which locks onto motorbikes and cars, as well as someone wearing a helmet such as a F1 driver.

There are three ways to select AF on the camera: the quick smart controller, the precise multi controller and the instinctive Eye Control AF. The latter is most interesting, as the camera focuses on where the photographer is looking through the EVF. This mode requires the photographer to calibrate the camera with their eye, and it’s ideal for changing focus points from subject to subject rather than subject tracking.

‘This intuitive and pioneering AF point selection method moves the focus point to where the photographer looks,’ the press release states. ‘In situations where the story can quickly unfold, this allows photographers to instinctively focus on the action with just a look.’

The R3 includes five-axis In-Body Image Stabilisation, that can be combined with select RF lenses with IS to achieve a total of eight stops

Other features include:
6K 60p video;
5.76 million dot EVF, which is blackout-free and refresh rate of 120fps;
Tilting 4.1-million dot touch screen;
– weather, dust and water resistant body;
capable of shooting in low light with 7.5 EV;
Connectivity via Bluetooth 5.0 and Wi-Fi;

And more! Read it all in the press release. Full spec sheet here.

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