The Canon EOS R3 has been one of the mentioned cameras of the yr, however till this level, it appeared to solely exist on paper, in renders, and within the minds of Canon engineers — however not anymore. In a video revealed by Gordon Laing, he exhibits that the digital camera is certainly actual and never simply vaporware.
Laing, who operates the web site Camera Labs in addition to a brand new YouTube Channel known as Dino Bytes, was given the unique alternative to check out the EOS R3 in particular person, focus on just a few factors about it, and present it from a number of angles that haven’t been particularly proven to anybody else.
In a dialog with PetaPixel, Laing specified that whereas he was in a position to take as many images and movies of the digital camera from any angle he wished, there have been some limitations as to what he was allowed to do with the pre-production unit.
Firstly, he was not allowed to activate the digital camera or see it turned on in any respect, which can point out that it was a non-functioning mannequin — he was not instructed both method. Laing was additionally not allowed to take away the physique cap to get a have a look at the sensor, although he says he expects that the shutter would have been closed anyway even when he had been.
Nonetheless, as a result of he was in a position to see the digital camera in particular person, there are just a few particulars he was in a position to glean that weren’t essentially one thing that may very well be famous from seeing simply the official renders.
“I can’t touch upon weight, however when it comes to dimension, it seems like a barely shrunken 1DX, most noticeably shorter because of the decrease viewfinder head,” Laing tells PetaPixel. “My exposures within the forest have been slightly vibrant, so it seems slightly darker in particular person. I’ve to say I actually appreciated the way in which it appeared in particular person. Clearly greater than an R5, however not wherever close to as giant as a 1Dx. I suppose the Olympus EM1X can be closest in total heft, and I’ve estimated the dimensions in my video.”
Laing specifies that his time with the R3 is extra of a “hands-off” than a “hands-on” expertise. Whereas he was in a position to get nearer to the digital camera than anybody outdoors of Canon but had, he was nonetheless notably restricted with what he was allowed to point out.
“I all the time take any alternative to see a product in particular person when given the selection. It allowed me to movie it from a number of angles so we will get a superb have a look at the buttons, controls, and varied protrusions.”