The Canon EOS R3 recently received a very basic development announcement, but some rumors have begun to tweak its potential features – which could obviously include a great “trick of discernment”.
The new speculations, which inevitably provide reliable Canon rumors, have revealed several potential details about the specifications of the leading sports camera, the most intriguing of which is about its resolution.
Canon has already announced that the EOS R3 sensor will be a new stacked chip with backlight. But a source from Canon Rumors said the camera would bring a “resolution trick,” which could be the Pixel Shift mode – or perhaps something more innovative that allows it to work just as well as a high- and low-resolution camera.
Although the Canon EOS R3 has a lot in common with the Canon EOS 1D X Mark III DSLR, it is expected to have a much higher resolution than that 20MP camera. That could mean a resolution of 45MP like the Canon EOS R5, or maybe even higher – but it will need to support the performance needs of professional sports photographers.
Further speculation from Canon rumors suggests that the EOS R3 will surpass all current Canon cameras in one area: autofocus. According to the source of the site, the AF system will be the “next generation DPAF” or Dual Pixel AF. Canon Rumors thinks that means “we’ll get four-pixel AF in the Canon EOS R3” and, given that it will be Canon’s flagship sports camera, that certainly seems likely.
Canon’s official development announcement says the EOS R3 will get “the next generation Dual Pixel CMOS AF,” and the four-pixel autofocus version has been talked about for more than two years, since a patent for it was filed in Japan.
Autofocus has become an increasingly important battleground for high-end cameras, and competition between Canon and Sony in particular has produced some amazing new toys for professional snipers.
We were impressed with the potential of the Canon EOS R5 for wildlife – in fact, our professional photographer called it “hand on heart, absolutely the best autofocus system I’ve ever used”. But the real-time autofocus seen on cameras like the Sony A1 is certainly there with the latest Dual Pixel AF, so it’s possible that Canon has decided to introduce a new, even more reliable version on the EOS R3.
Interestingly, Canon also mentioned in its development announcement that it will add a new theme to its AF tracking on the Canon EOS R3. Since it already tracks people, animals and birds, we look forward to finding out what it could be. Insects or fairies, perhaps?
Of course, all this talk about the Canon EOS R3 has pushed previous chatter about a possible flagship Canon EOS R1 into the background. Does that mean the latter is not a starter? Not according to the announcement of Canon Rumors, which says that R1 is still definitely on the way, but “it will not come soon”.
The EOS R3 is an announcement expected before the Tokyo Olympics, so it looks like we may have to wait until the end of 2021 for the Canon EOS R1 at the latest and other rumors about models like the Canon EOS R5c, which is expected to be a video-focused version Canon EOS R5. Still, by sound the EOS R3 will have more than enough to keep us occupied until then.