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Canon announces Canon EOS R3 plus 2 new RF lenses and 4 new accessories

Canon just made "the most exciting announcement of the year" – read everything that was announced, right here

Canon announces Canon EOS R3 plus 2 new RF lenses and 4 new accessories
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Canon has just made "the most exciting announcement of the year", where it fully revealed the Canon EOS R3 (review here), a pair of new affordable RF lenses, and four new accessories that can be used with the R3. You can watch the streamed announcement below, and read our live commentary as the news unfolded.

SPOILER ALERT: We've already got an R3 and we've already reviewed it! Read our Canon EOS R3 review here to find all about it!

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We're here, live, popcorn in hand! Are you ready to see THE MOST EXCITING ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE YEAR? Canon hopes so!

Canon also hopes that the fanboys and Redditers don't go ape when they feel this isn't, in fact, the biggest announcement of the year. Especially with Apple holding its big launch event later today. 

The live chat is already speculating as to what it could be. 

Others are being more cynical, thinking that Canon will just announce a printer. Well, if it is a printer, it better be a bloody good one. 


What are the odds that Peter McKinnon will front end this video again?

Aaaaaaand it's the Canon EOS R3

And my Xbox YouTube app is about 15 seconds slower than YouTube on my laptop

The "latest big RF launches" – lenses, then!

Here's Mike Burnhill, to talk about the geeky stuff. 

Aimed at traditional DSLR users and professionals who want the benefits and advantages of mirrorless technology. Somewhere, Sony smirks. 

Eye tracking, face tracking, IBIS… all these mirrorless features, while eliminating mirrorless foibles like rolling shutter and flicker in lighting conditions.

SPOILER ALERT: We've already got the R3 and we've already reviewed it. Read our Canon EOS R3 review here! 

The R3 is all about the 30fps, Eye Control AF, 6K video, 4K up to 120p… this is a big boy camera. And now here's a pro Formula One photographer to show us how it uses the latest AF feature: vehicle AF detection, for cars and motorbikes.

Long story short: all the clever AF tech means that you can focus on the picture, not on fiddling with focus points. 

THIS JUST IN: The Canon EOS R3 will be on show at The Photography Show this weekend, from 18-21 September, at the NEC in Birmingham, England!

According to this chap, the most exciting thing about the 30fps shooting is that you can FREEZE CHAMPAGNE DROPS when photographing winners on the podium

Weather sealing, of course, is a big feature, and it's on par with the 1D X Mark III. 

Question is, will the vehicle tracking come via firmware to the Canon EOS R5 and R6? (We think probably not)

Larry Chen is wearing mirrored, colored sunglasses while talking about the Eye Control AF. We know that the Eye Control is brilliant, but we haven't tried it with sunglasses… yet

Mike Burnhill is back, talking about the stacked, BSI sensor. 

Not enough pixels? (Hi, 50MP Sony A1!)

Focusing accuracy: Subsample focusing at 60 times per second, 0.03 focusing speed, AF algorithm is faster, tracking moving objects is made easier, how AF points operate has been changed, low light focusing down to -7.5EV… the AF is a bit good, basically.

The R5 and R6 introduced Deep Learning AF, analyzing tens of thousands of images to teach the camera how to recognize subjects. 

Back to Eye Control AF. Concedes limitation of the original Canon EOS 5 back in the day.

"The eye control might not work for everybody" so there are options, including the return of the BRILLIANT optical smart controller from the 1D X Mark III!

High resolution 5.75 million dot EVF, with 120Hz refresh rate. 

You can also turn on an Optical Viewfinder Simulation, if you're bewilderingly old school and you'd rather not see a live exposure preview. In which case, there might be something wrong with you. 

You can copy your network settings from your 1D X III onto a card, and put them straight on your R3. 

Mike Burnhill says there are 100 improvements, including the ability to use movie mode to switch to silent ("stealth mode" for shooting in the locker room, which sounds a bit dodgy, Mike)

Oh hello, 6K 12-bit RAW 60p video! 

Accessory time! Thanks to the new Multi Function Shoe, a 21-pin connection that enables you to power and communicate with hot shoe devices without the need for external cables or batteries. These include:


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