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Get ready to wait half a year for your Canon EOS R3

Canon EOS R3
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Canon has issued an official apology on the Canon Japan website over delays to upcoming products, including the Canon EOS R3 (opens in new tab) and RF 14-35mm F4 L IS USM lens. The worrying announcement explains these "may take more than half a year to deliver when you place a new order", due to issues with its global parts supply chain.

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The Canon EOS R3, priced at $5,999 / £5,879 / AU$8,599, is geared towards working professionals. Whether you shoot sports, weddings, portraiture or news, the 30fps stills and 6K RAW video means that you need never miss a moment of action or detail.

However, you will have to wait at least 6 months to get it in your hands to try out all these features for yourself, which is a kick in the teeth seeing this camera was only announced in September. If you are willing to wait, we suggest putting your order in now whilst you can.

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Canon EOS R3 key features

We first reported on the Canon EOS R3 (opens in new tab) back in September, with its jaw-dropping specifications. It's not a replacement for the EOS R5, but a different kind of camera built for speed and 6K video, but this required a 24MP sensor, so the EOS R3 is more like a mirrorless EOS-1D X, Canon's flagship sports DSLR.

If you want to see what this new camera looks like, we've put together an EOS R3 guided tour video (opens in new tab), and we've also had enough time with this ground-breaking camera to bring you this EOS R3 hands on review (opens in new tab).

This six-month delay is bound to cause a lot of disappointment amongst Canon fans, not to mention pro photographers anxious to switch to Canon's newest and most advanced AF technologies. It's not unusual for makers to warn of delays in these uncertain times – the global pandemic has disrupted manufacturing plans and supply chains – but it's unusual for makers to deliver such a stark warning about such a long delay. 

We can't help but think this leaves the door open for the similarly spectacular Nikon Z9 (opens in new tab) and Sony A1 (opens in new tab) – these days we are seeing more and more pro photographers sell their whole systems to switch brands.

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Sebastian Oakley
Sebastian Oakley

For nearly two decades Sebastian's work has been published internationally. Originally specialising in Equestrianism, his visuals have been used by the leading names in the equestrian industry such as The Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI), The Jockey Club, Horse & Hound and many more for various advertising campaigns, books and pre/post-event highlights.


He is a Fellow of The Royal Society of Arts, holds a Foundation Degree in Equitation Science and is a Master of Arts in Publishing.  He is member of Nikon NPS and has been a Nikon user since the film days using a Nikon F5 and saw the digital transition with Nikon's D series cameras and is still to this day the youngest member to be elected in to BEWA, The British Equestrian Writers' Association. 


He is familiar with and shows great interest in medium and large format photography with products by Phase One, Hasselblad, Alpa and Sinar and has used many cinema cameras from the likes of Sony, RED, ARRI and everything in between. His work covers the genres of Equestrian, Landscape, Abstract or Nature and combines nearly two decades of experience to offer exclusive limited-edition prints to the international stage from his film & digital photography.