Canon has been the subject of savage speculation lately, particularly over the possibility of a flagship model EOS R1. However, prolific and precise camera leaker Nokishita has just tweeted an image that appears to show an EOS R3 camera instead.
All we know about it so far is that it has a built-in battery grip which should allow for rugged handling in either portrait or landscape orientation. Considering the Tokyo Olympics in July, it would make sense for Canon to unveil a flagship mirrorless sports and wildlife camera, similar to the 1DX Mark III digital SLR.
There is another point in favor of a mirrorless action / animal camera. Sports photographers still prefer DSLRs, but Canon recently dropped a slew of EF DSLR lenses recently, including several super-telephoto models, according to a tally of Canon Rumors. At the same time, Canon is supposed to unveil the RF 400mm F / 2.8L and RF 600mm F / 4 lenses designed for action and wildlife shooters, based on another leak from Nokishita that dropped late yesterday (above).
To that end, it may start to move away from DSLRs and shift to mirrorless cameras in the professional segment, and a powerful sports mirrorless model would be the key to that – and what better way to make it known as the Olympics? However, it’s best to treat all of this with skepticism until we get the official word from Canon, of course.