Canon is known to have cameras with the most impressive features. With the all-new EOS-1D X Mark III, it is the first full-frame Canon camera to feature 4K video without cropping. Made not just for seasoned professional but also advanced enthusiasts, making it a complete game-changer. With a powerful 20.1 megapixel 35mm full-frame CMOS sensor and the new DIGIC X image processor, the Mark III delivers top-notch image quality in a wide range of shooting situations.
With the ability to capture high-resolution images at up to 20 frames per second (fps) and high-definition video up-to-4K 60P featuring Canon’s proprietary Dual Pixel CMOS Autofocus (AF) technology, this is the perfect workhorse for any professional image creator.
The all-new EOS-1D X Mark III comes with illuminated buttons for easier menu and playback operations in dark conditions. The improved viewfinder is able to display key elements (other than the AF frame) in red. This makes it easy to view information even in very dark or extremely bright conditions whereas the display of other viewfinder elements/information does not impair AF operation.
Since the launch of the EOS-1D X Mark, which was four years ago — it is no secret that the new Mark III will come with notable upgrades. One of their significant upgrades would be DIGIC 8 processor that improves the autofocus speed and tracking performance through the viewfinder. Also, compared to the previous Mark II, the new processor allows a burst rate of approximately 1000 RAW shots which is an important upgrade.
As for shooting, this class-leading gadget sets a new standard as it enables recording at 2-bit 5.5K/60p RAW video internally at a bit rate of 2600 Mbps.
Other features include built-in Bluetooth, GPS and Wi-Fi with FTP and support 5Ghz wireless LAN. Also, the EOS-1D X Mark III is compatible with 2×2 MIMO when used with WFT-E9.
Equipped with a newly developed high-res AF sensor that adopts a square pixel design, there is an increase in pixel density for both vertical and horizontal directions. This pixel miniaturization increases the pixel density by 28 times, resulting in a significant increase of AF points from 61 points (EOS-1D X Mark II) to 191 points (for optical viewfinder shooting) in the EOS-1D X Mark III. The processing speed of the new AF sensor is 40x faster than the EOS-1D X Mark II, resulting in significant improvement in subject recognition and tracking performance.
With the increased number of pixels, minute variations in the distance to the subject in focus can be accurately detected. This brings about a dramatic improvement in AF accuracy. All 191 AF points support the exposure of up to f/8 over the entire AF area, with 65 cross-type AF points at f/8. This makes the EOS-1D X Mark III great for use with extenders, especially for wildlife or sports photographers.
Whereas with the eye detection AF and head detection routines help to precisely identify the intended subject when using the EOS-1D X Mark III. The accuracy and stability of human detection functions have been greatly improved and coupled with the miniaturized AF area division. When shooting human subjects, the camera will detect and focus on the subject’s eye. Even during burst shooting at a speed of up to 20 fps, the camera maintains its fix on the subject’s eye, allowing the photographer to achieve highly accurate focus.
This beast of a camera is definitely a true holy grail for all sports and wildlife photographers. Although mirrorless cameras have taken over, this DSLR will always be a preferred workhorse for the pros. Also putting in mind of its impressive burst shooting power.
Pricing and Availability
The Canon EOS-1D X Mark III will be available at all Canon authorized dealers nationwide effective from February onwards.
Sensor: 20.1MP Full-frame CMOS
Lens mount: Canon EF
Screen: 3.2-inch touchscreen, 2,100,000 dots
Burst shooting: 16fps (viewfinder) or 20fps (Live View) with AF/AE tracking
Autofocus: 191 Point / 155 f/4 cross-type AF points
Video: 4K RAW/DCI/UHD at 60fps
Connectivity: Wi-Fi and Bluetooth
Battery life: 2850 shots (viewfinder shooting), 610 (Live View)
Weight: 1250g (body only)