New patents bring Canon EOS R3 Eye Control Function AF into focus

Canon EOS R3 eye control AF
(Image credit: Canon)

UPDATE: New patent information regarding the Canon EOS R3 has shed further light on the company's plans to implement eye-controlled AF point selection in its new flagship model.

The first patent shows a menu system that will likely be similar to what we see in the Canon EOS R3, highlighting numerous customization options. It promises a substantial improvement over the original technology first seen in the 22-year-old Canon EOS-3 film camera and which has never been adopted in any DSLR or mirrorless camera – until now.

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James Artaius

The editor of Digital Camera World, James has 21 years experience as a 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 like 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, photo and lighting tutorials, as well as industry news, rumors and analysis for publications like Digital Camera MagazinePhotoPlus: The Canon MagazineN-Photo: The Nikon MagazineDigital Photographer and Professional Imagemaker, as well as hosting workshops and talks at The Photography Show. He also serves as a judge for the Red Bull Illume Photo Contest. 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.