Canon EOS R3
The Canon EOS R3 ($5999) is another camera that had a slow unveiling in 2021 but when it was finally officially released in mid-September, interest from photographers had reached almost absurd levels. This 24.1MP, full frame mirrorless camera from Canon might not best its main rivals – the Sony a1 and Nikon Z9 – on specs alone, but the R3 is an extremely fast, nimble, and reliable performer suited for sports, photojournalism and a variety of other professional photography applications. Along with a its back-illuminated, stacked CMOS sensor – the first of its kind for Canon – the R3 features a speedy DIGIC X processor to produce blackout free shooting at up to 30 frames per second in electronic (silent) shutter mode and up to 12 fps in mechanical shutter, while tamping down rolling electronic shutter distortion. The R3’s Dual Pixel CMOS AF II autofocus system is also outstanding. It features 1,053 AF Points and evolved EOS iTR tracking down to EV -7.5 for subjects such as eye, face, head, animals, and select cars and motorcycles. It uses deep-learning technology to assist with eye and body detection for sharper portraits and action shots. Meanwhile, Eye Control AF allows you to set the focus point in the viewfinder just by looking at it. With Eye input AF and Servo AF activated, the R3 will focus on and track moving subjects at that location in the frame. And when Face Detect + Tracking is active, the camera will continue to follow moving subjects around the entire active AF area. Of course, there are a boatload of other features on the R3 which you can read here, but we like how Canon has doubled down on the camera’s autofocus system to produce one of the fastest and most accurate full frame mirrorless cameras on the market.