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Canon EOS R3 spotted sunbathing at G7 Summit… with 30MP sensor and no 8K?

Canon EOS R3 spotted sunbathing at G7 Summit… with 30MP sensor inside?
(Image credit: Twitter @JakkiMoores)

The upcoming Canon EOS R3 has been spotted out in the field – actually, it has been spotted sunbathing on a beach in Cornwall, England, where the G7 Summit on climate change was being held. 

With the camera clearly in the hands of professionals and Canon ambassadors for testing, there have also been leaks that the Canon EOS R3 (opens in new tab) will pack a 30MP image sensor – which would eclipse the resolution of the current crop of best professional cameras (opens in new tab), such as the Canon EOS-1D X Mark III (opens in new tab) (20.1MP), Nikon D6 (opens in new tab) (20.8MP) and Sony A9 II (opens in new tab) (24.2MP). 

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However, that 30MP resolution falls short of the 39MP required for 8K video – which means, if these rumors are true, that the R3 will not be an 8K-capable camera, leaving the Canon EOS R5 (opens in new tab) as the manufacturer's only such device. 

(For full readout 8K on a standard 3:2 sensor, a 16:9 video would require 7,680 x 5,120 pixels – which would require at least a 39MP sensor. However, if the video is DCi then it would require 8,192 pixels – which needs at least a 44MP sensor.)

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Still, seeing what could well be a production model of the Canon R3 in the wild is very significant, as it suggests that a full launch may not be too far away. 

"The Canon EOS R3 making a debut at G7" tweeted Jakki Moores, Canon UK's press segment manager for news and sport, making this an unofficially unofficial post directly from Canon itself. 

Definitely not official, however, are the concurrent rumblings shared by  Canon Rumors as to the resolution of the R3. "Over the weekend two anonymous sources told me that the camera will sport a 30mp sensor," wrote the site (opens in new tab). "One of the sources did say 'around 30mp'." 

With the manufacturer recently confirming that the Canon EOS R3 would be capable of oversampled 4K and internal RAW recording (opens in new tab), it seems that 8K really isn't on the cards for this camera. 

Read more: 

Canon EOS-1D X Mark III review (opens in new tab)
Nikon D6 review (opens in new tab)
Sony A9 II review (opens in new tab)
Canon EOS R5 review (opens in new tab)

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The editor of Digital Camera World, James has 21 years experience as a magazine and web journalist and started working in the photographic industry in 2014 (as an assistant to Damian McGillicuddy, who succeeded David Bailey as Principal Photographer for Olympus). In this time he shot for clients as diverse as Aston Martin Racing, Elinchrom and L'Oréal, in addition to shooting campaigns and product testing for Olympus, and providing training for professionals. This has led him to being a go-to expert for camera and lens reviews, photographic and lighting tutorials, as well as industry analysis, news and rumors for publications such as Digital Camera Magazine (opens in new tab)PhotoPlus: The Canon Magazine (opens in new tab)N-Photo: The Nikon Magazine (opens in new tab)Digital Photographer (opens in new tab) and Professional Imagemaker, as well as hosting workshops and demonstrations at The Photography Show (opens in new tab). An Olympus and Canon shooter, he has a wealth of knowledge on cameras of all makes – and a fondness for vintage lenses and instant cameras.