Last month, Canon teased us with the R3, offering some incredible features while keeping many of its specifications under wraps. Since then, pricing rumors spread, leaked photos emerged, and the product listing has just gone live. Based on Canon’s history all of this gives us a few more insights into what might be in store.
Tony Northrup has dug into the details, analyzing the leaked product photos and pricing rumors to tell us what we might be able to expect from the R3. Northrup was right about it being listed by retailers as the product page has just appeared on B&H Photo, with evidence now emerging that the rumors were correct: it will cost $6,000.
With the pricing and speed, I’d be inclined to agree with Northrup's speculation regarding sensor resolution, particularly as that leaves space for the eventual appearance of the R1, whenever that comes to market. $500 cheaper than Canon’s own 1DX Mark III (not to mention Sony’s flagship, the a1), it will be interesting to see how the R3 compares as the 1DX was only released in January last year. Canon now has to transition news and sports shooters to mirrorless presumably without having too great an impact on its flagship DSLR sales. Were the 1DX a year or two older, this would be less of a concern.
Do all of these assumptions make sense to you? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.