Canon R3

Canon EOS R3 front
  • 24MP - Full frame Sensor
  • 3.2" Fully Articulated Display
  • ISO 100 - 102400 (Increase to 204800)
  • Sensor based 5-axis Image Stabilization
  • 1/8000s Maximum Shutter
  • 6000 x 3164 video
  • Canon RF Mount
  • 1015g - 150 x 143 x 87mm
  • Revealed September 2021
  • Read full specs
  • Alternatives
  • Lenses
  • Size Comparison
  • FAQ

Canon R3 summary

Canon R3 is Canon's Pro Mirrorless camera first launched on September of 2021. It has a 24 MegaPixel, Stacked CMOS Full frame sized sensor and has a max resolution of 6000 x 4000.

The R3 places at #18 out of 70 in Pro Mirrorless cameras & over-all #18 out of 1465 for digital cameras in our collection. You should test our Smart camera filter to find camera listings based on your custom factors.

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Here is a chart of specific factors used in the rating system.

Canon R3 family

The Canon R3 is part of a family of cameras. You can view the detailed range below.

ModelVisualizeResolutionSensor SizeMax fpsReleased
Canon-EOS-R8 front thumbnailCanon R8
R3 vs R8
24MPFull frame6.0 fps2023
Canon-EOS-R6-Mark-II front thumbnailCanon R6 II
R3 vs R6 II
24MPFull frame12.0 fps2022
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Canon-EOS-R5-C front thumbnailCanon R5 C
R3 vs R5 C
45MPFull frame12.0 fps2022
Canon-EOS-R3 front thumbnailCanon R324MPFull frame12.0 fps2021
Canon-EOS-R5 front thumbnailCanon R5
R3 vs R5
45MPFull frame12.0 fps2020
Canon-EOS-R6 front thumbnailCanon R6
R3 vs R6
20MPFull frame12.0 fps2020
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Canon-EOS-RP front thumbnailCanon RP
R3 vs RP
26MPFull frame5.0 fps2019
Canon-EOS-R front thumbnailCanon R
R3 vs R
30MPFull frame8.0 fps2018

Canon R3 Pros and Cons

Below is a shortlist of advantages and drawbacks of the Canon R3 based on criterias that are usually considered crucial in a camera.

2 card slots
built-in touchscreen
comes with phase detect autofocus
comes with touch focus
display is selfie friendly
does have external microphone support
does have HDMI out
does have headphone support
does have Top LCD display
fully articulated screen
good battery pack (760 per charge)
good MP (24 megapixels)
great high ISO (102,400)
great minimum ISO (100)
great sensor size (Full frame)
has bluetooth
has face detection autofocus
has tracking autofocus
high quality video (6000 x 3164 pxls)
high resolution screen (4,150 thousand dots)
image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
interchangeable lenses (Canon RF mount)
manual focus
max shutter speed is good (1/8,000 seconds)
pretty good screen size (3.2 inch)
quiet shutter (1/64,000 seconds)
supports RAW formats
weather sealing
more heavy than average (1,015g)
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Canon R3 Sensor specifications

The sensor specification in the Canon R3 is 36mm x 24mm (Full frame). The 864 mm² sensor is able to capture 6000 x 4000 pixels at aspect ratios of 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9. The camera has Image Stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis). Sensor stabilization is more effective than digital stabilization as the latter might cause cropping.

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The Stacked CMOS sensor has 24 megapixels and has a native ISO range of 100 - 102400. This ISO can be extended electronically to 50 - 204800. RAW photos are supported therefore you have wider margin for error.

The graphic below displays the R3's sensor dimensions in comparison to other common sizes. The R3 sensor has a crop factor of 1 and is showcased in green.

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To get an understanding of specific aspect ratios, you can refer to the visual below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Canon R3 dimensions

Canon R3 weighs about 2.24 pounds (1,015 grams / 35.80 oz) & has external measurements of 150mm x 143mm x 87mm (5.9" x 5.6" x 3.4"). The weight of typical Pro Mirrorless camera is 722 grams so the Canon R3 is more heavy compared with various rivals.

Photography Glossary

Listed below is a pic of the Canon R3 besides a soft drink so you can get a feel for its scale.

Canon EOS R3 dimensions scale

The top view here will illustrate the button design on the R3.

Canon EOS R3 topview buttons dials

Canon R3 Lens specifications

The R3 fits the Canon RF mount and has 30 lenses available in the market. Below is some of the lenses we have in our database which will work with the R3.

ModelVisualizeFocal LengthApertureStabilizedWeight
Canon-RF-24-105mm-F4.0-7.1-IS-STM lensCanon RF 24-105mm F4.0-7.1 IS STM24-105mmf/4-7.1 395g
Canon-RF-15-35mm-F2.8L-IS-USM lensCanon RF 15-35mm F2.8L IS USM15-35mmf/2.8 840g
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Laowa-85mm-f5.6-2x-Ultra-Macro-APO-RF-Mount lensLaowa 85mm f5.6 2x Ultra Macro APO85mmf/5.6 310g
Canon-RF-24-105mm-F4L-IS-USM lensCanon RF 24-105mm F4L IS USM24-105mmf/4 700g
Canon-RF-24-240mm-F4-6.3-IS-USM lensCanon RF 24-240mm F4-6.3 IS USM24-240mmf/4 750g
Canon-RF-70-200mm-F2.8L-IS-USM lensCanon RF 70-200mm F2.8L IS USM70-200mmf/2.8 1070g
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Canon-RF-800mm-F11-IS-STM lensCanon RF 800mm F11 IS STM800mmf/11 1260g
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Canon R3 Connectivity

The R3 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • Wireless Yes
  • Bluetooth Yes
  • HDMI Yes
  • GPS Yes

Digital cameras that come with NFC and Bluetooth compatibility are able to be used wirelessly via smartphones. You can copy pictures and usually alter settings without connecting physically to the camera.

Certain applications even enable a Liveview and hit the shutter in case you are not close to the camera. If the camera contains a HDMI port, it can easily be hooked up to an external display. Nearly all cameras will allow you to charge the battery pack using the USB socket.

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Canon R3 Video specifications

The max video resolution in the Canon R3 is 6000 x 3164 and you can capture in MPEG-4, H.264 and H.265 format. 3164p delivers a fantastic resolution for video. You are able to crop to 1080p in order to get clearer video. Be mindful of the considerable file sizes and make sure you get decent SD cards that have fast write speed. The camera does include both headphone and microphone support making it incredibly useful whilst recording sound.

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Canon R3 Weather Sealing

Canon R3 comes with weather proofing making it a fantastic candidate for use in tough environments. This is particularly valuable if you are unsure about the elements you may encounter in outdoor photography.

Canon R3 Display and Viewfinder

The Canon R3 has a 3.2 inch fully articulated display boasting a resolution of 4,150 thousand dots.

It includes a selfie friendly display for self portraits and group photos when required. Additionally the display is touch friendly which means you are able to set focus point and adjust settings by using your fingers. The R3 also has a Top LCD display in order to instantly see your settings.

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The View Finder specs for Canon R3 are below:

  • ViewFinder Electronic
  • ViewFinder Resolution 5,760 thousand dots
  • ViewFinder Coverage 100%
  • ViewFinder Magnification 0.76x

For bright outdoor situations which make the camera displays washed out and difficult to see, viewfinders will be rather useful.

Canon R3 Shutter specifications

Canon R3 is able to shoot continuously at 12.0 frames per second. The max shutter speed is 1/8000s. The camera also has silent electronic shutter of 1/64000s. Keep in mind that the electronic shutter might lead to "rolling shutter" under certain circumstances.

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Canon R3 Flash and Hot shoe specifications

Canon R3 has external flash support but does not include inbuilt flash. The max flash sync speed is 1/250s.

Canon R3 Autofocusing specifications

Canon R3 has both Phase Detect AF plus Contrast Based AF. Phase Detection autofocusing is more snappier & accurate compared with Contrast Based autofocusing. The camera has Face detect which can be handy for taking photos of people.

The Sensor has 1053 focus points to select from. Canon R3 has tap to focus. You can easily use your fingers in order to adjust focus. It also features Tracking AF for things that move. Canon R3 can use manual focusing if required in low light situations or you want to have more accurate control on focusing.

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Canon R3 Battery life

The battery pack (LP-E19) on the Canon R3 is fashioned to last for 760 images according to the CIPA benchmarks making it above the usual for its category. The usual Pro Mirrorless camera battery life is 460. Olympus E-M1X offers the maximum (870) battery life in this kind of cameras.

Listed below is a number of Pro Mirrorless cameras having the best battery life:

ModelVisualizeBattery LifeRAWNFCBluetooth
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Canon-EOS-R3 front thumbnailCanon R3760 yesnoyes
Nikon-Z9 front thumbnailNikon Z9
R3 vs Z9
740 yesnoyes
Leica-M11 front thumbnailLeica M11
R3 vs M11
700 yesnono

Canon R3 for varying categories of photography

The following chart provides a summary of the Canon R3 for varying categories of photography. To read more, visit the specific paragraph below.

Canon R3 Portrait photography details

The Canon R3 gets a points tally of 86 which is excellent, and means the camera is a brilliant choice to use for portrait photography. Shooting portraits favors greatly towards sensor dimensions, support for RAW files plus the ability to use external lighting.

Photography Glossary
you can focus manually
sensor resolution is decent (24MP)
great sensor size (Full frame)
provides face detect autofocus
delivers RAW formats

Street photography with Canon R3

Having a nice score of 70, the Canon R3 is a good choice to buy for street photography. A very good street photography camera features a fine balance of image quality and portability.

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screen articulates
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
sensor size is large (Full frame)
supports RAW files
supports focus by touch
weather proofing
above average ISO range (102,400)
more heavy than competitors (1,015 grams)

Canon R3 Sports photography factors

A superb sports photography rating of 88 means the Canon R3 is a great pick for photographing sports. A camera needs fantastic autofocus and continuous shooting for sports photography.

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maximum shutter speed is high (1/8,000 seconds)
silent shooting (1/64,000 seconds)
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
sensor resolution is decent (24 megapixels)
great sensor size (Full frame)
provides tracking autofocus
weather proof
good battery (760 CIPA)
supports phase detect auto focus

Canon R3 Travel photography factors

Weight is very critical in selecting a camera for travel. In general, the Canon R3 gets a very good 70 for a travelling camera which makes it a fine fit to take with you on your vacations.

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great battery pack (760 shots)
environment proof
supports bluetooth
comes with focus by touch
good MP (24MP)
selfie friendly screen
more heavy than competitors in class (1,015g)

Canon R3 Landscape photography highlights

If you're planning to pick a digital camera for landscape photos, the most critical factor is going to be image quality. The Canon R3 and it's terrific grade of 86 as a landscape camera is a excellent choice in the current marketplace.

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has manual focus
swap lenses (Canon RF mount)
screen size is decent (3.2")
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
megapixel count decent (24MP)
sensor size is big (Full frame)
great ISO range (102,400)
saves RAW formats
environment sealing
good battery (760 per charge)
2 card slots

Canon R3 Vlogging advice

A camera for vlogging really should posses a moving display screen, microphone input and if possible IBIS. Taking all things in to account, the Canon R3 is a fine choice as a vlog camera as it delivers a nice rating of 70.

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selfie friendly screen
has touchscreen
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
offers face detect focus
high quality video (6000 x 3164 resolution)
has microphone support
more heavy than competitors in class (1,015g)

Canon R3 Alternatives

If you are searching for replacements to the R3, below is a range of the highest ranked cameras that fall within the family of Pro Mirrorless.

The chart listed below provides you a bird's eye view of the R3 versus it's top scoring competitors mentioned earlier.

Following are additional cameras you may take into account as alternate options. To read through a comprehensive comparison, just click on the "compare" link.

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General Information
Model type
Canon EOS R3
Pro Mirrorless
Physical type
SLR-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Stacked CMOS
Sensor size
Full frame
Sensor measurements
36 x 24mm
Sensor surface area
Sensor resolution
24 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio
1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Peak resolution
6000 x 4000
RAW data
Highest native ISO
Highest enhanced ISO
Min native ISO
Min enhanced ISO
Manual focusing
Touch focus
Autofocus continuous
Autofocus single
Autofocus tracking
Selective autofocus
Center weighted autofocus
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detect autofocus
Contract detect autofocus
Phase detect autofocus
Total focus points
Lens mount type
Canon RF
Number of lenses
Crop factor
Type of display
Fully Articulated
Display diagonal
3.2 inch
Resolution of display
4,150 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Touch friendly
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder resolution
5,760 thousand dots
Viewfinder coverage
Viewfinder magnification
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating
DXO Color Depth rating
DXO Dynamic range rating
DXO Low light rating
Min shutter speed
30 secs
Max shutter speed
1/8000 secs
Max quiet shutter speed
1/64000 secs
Continuous shutter rate
12.0 frames per second
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance
no built-in flash
Flash options
no built-in flash
Hot shoe
White balance bracketing
Max flash synchronize
1/250 secs
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Supported video resolutions
6000x3164 (60p/​50p/​30p/​24p/​23.98p) 4096x2160 (120p/​60p/​30p/​24p/​23.98p) 3840x2160 (120p/​60p/​30p/​23.98p) 1920x1080 (60p/​30p/​23.98p)
Highest video resolution
Video file format
MPEG-4, H.264, H.265
Microphone support
Headphone support
USB 3.2 Gen 2 (10 GBit/sec)
Environment sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
1015 gr (2.24 pounds)
150 x 143 x 87mm (5.9" x 5.6" x 3.4")
Battery life
760 shots
Style of battery
Battery Pack
Battery ID
Self timer
Time lapse shooting
Storage type
SD/ SDHC/ SDXC (UHS-II supported) + CFexpress Type B
Card slots
Cost at release