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Canon EOS-1D X Mark III DSLR Body Announcement

Product Code: 1010031X
Canon have announced development of the highly anticipated EOS-1D X Mark III, the new flagship high speed DSLR with updated autofocus, 16fps, 5x RAW burst depth plus other specifications and features.


Product Summary

The highly anticipated EOS-1D X Mark III has been announced by Canon. The current Mark II version of the flagship DSLR has a huge following of enthusiast and pro wildlife, action and sports photographers. The development of the replacement model is being made with real world testing and feedback from this loyal following of users. Global ambassadors are reporting back to the development team currently, as the release date of the EOS-1D X Mark III draws closer.

The mark 3 has a series of upgrades being refined specifically for professional users. These include changes to the autofocus system, vast image quality improvements, faster continuous shooting frame rates as well as improved video and communication functions.

The step change in AF will give photographers an entirely upgraded system with exceptional precision, reliability and high-performance subject tracking. New algorithms for both live view and the optical viewfinder enhance tracking and stability. The optical viewfinder employs a completely new autofocus sensor with around 28x the resolution in the centre of the sensor than the one in the EOS-1D X Mark II.

Richard Heathcote, Senior Sports Photographer, Major Events, Getty Image said: ‘The new autofocus algorithm in the EOS-1D X Mark III takes subject tracking to a new level, with an intuitive controller and accurate results. It delivers as you would expect from the ultimate professional sports photography camera.’

The EOS-1D X Mark III offers an expanded AF brightness range with greater precision, and features a choice of autofocus capabilities ensuring they capture the essential shot. In Live View there are 525 AF areas using the Dual Pixel CMOS AF system. This covers around 90% x 100% of the image sensor for true full-frame AF capabilities. This uses the same autofocus algorithm as the optical viewfinder, ensuring photographers get enhanced flexibility when framing subjects, whether a race car on the track or a bird in flight.

The EOS-1D X Mark III also supports significantly faster frame rates with full AF and AE, using either the optical viewfinder (up to approx. 16fps mechanical shutter) or Live View (up to approx. 20fps mechanical or electronic shutter). In addition to this are the cameras CF express card slots, which enable 5x the RAW burst depth of its predecessor. This blistering speed ensures the flagship DSLR meets the needs of the most demanding professionals whatever subjects they are shooting.

The new body is a clear example of Canon’s commitment to continually pushing the boundaries of innovative imaging utilising advanced optical technology. The new sensor is developed in-house and provides improved image quality as well as a higher ISO range. Stills can now be captured in 10bit using HEIF file format and videographers can bring stories to life with 4k resolution at 60p. This presents a true hybrid camera for professionals working on multimedia projects, saving the amount of gear they need to bring to assignments. Both movies and still images can be recorded in RAW for further post processing or grading.

The new DSLR also features a host of improved connectivity options for users on tight deadlines who need to transmit images or video to editors. Both WiFi and low energy Bluetooth are included along with GPS data recording. The built-in ethernet now transfers data at twice the speed of the predecessor and features a new optical wireless file transmitter (WFT-E9). This is also compatible with the recently launched Cinema EOS C500 Mark II camera.

Ergonomics and handling of the new DSLR will be seamlessly familiar to existing users. The magnesium alloy body retains impressive build-quality and durability within a lightweight form, which we have come to expect from Canon’s professional series bodies. Weather sealing has been prioritised with upgraded protection from water, dust and humidity. Innovative button illumination allows photographers to easily see camera controls in dark conditions. Additional controls for selecting AF points are have also been added, built into the AF-ON button. This enables photographers to change AF points on the fly for a greatly improved workflow. And finally, battery life using the same LP-E19 has been dramatically improved with obvious benefits.

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Our Verdict

Canon are pulling out all the stops with the development of the extremely impressive Mk III EOS-1D X. They are working directly with professional photographers to create a refined body designed specifically with their user-base in mind. The introduction of new AF algorithms, versatile ways of acquiring subjects and blistering speeds will tempt many existing and new users. Multimedia professionals will be presented with high speed 4K 60p recording, which satisfies most movie requirements today.

Tight deadlines can be met with a host of faster connectivity options over the current model. Transferring large, high resolution stills and video is now both quick and easy. Familiar ergonomics and impressive durability are most welcome, along with several user friendly design updates. The sheer amount of professional Canon lenses and accessories available to compliment this new body provide users with a huge ecosystem able to meet the demands of any working professional.

We Love
  • Blistering speeds at 16fps mechanical shutter with improved buffering
  • Updated AF technology for relentless subject acquisition and tracking
  • Fast, easy and secure data transfer
  • High quality 4K video recording
  • Durable construction and weather sealing

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