Rumor: Canon EOS R3 will have a 45MP sensor… so can it shoot 8K?

Canon EOS R3

Another week, another bit of speculation about the Canon EOS R3, with a new report suggesting that it will possess a 45MP image sensor – which would, on paper, make it capable of capturing 8K video. 

The question is, then, if the Canon EOS R3 can indeed record 8K (like the Canon EOS R5), why hasn't Canon mentioned 8K in any of its previously announced specs? We know that the camera can shoot oversampled 4K, but there has been no mention of 8K – or even 6K, for that matter. 

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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.