Canon’s new full-frame flagship DSLR was launched in January 2020. This professional body is tough and designed for working at high speed, check out the full details below.
The EOS 1DX mark III features technologies adopted from recent mirrorless releases, while it keeps the familiar form of a full-frame DSLR. Designed for professional photographers the EOS 1DX series have been the standard body for professional sports, wildlife and press photographers working across the world. The EOS 1DX mark III will help you push the boundaries of speed and low light in your photography.
The EOS 1DX mark III will showcase the greatest technical developments from Canon to date. We set out the key features and comparisons to the 1DX mark II below.
Canon’s EOS 1DX series camera bodies are in the hands of sports photographers every day in stadia around the world. To compete in today’s digital imaging market, images from major events have to be sent to picture desks as quickly as possible to beat the competition. The 1DX mark III makes image transfer easy: The body can send images direct via the ethernet port at twice the speed of the EOS 1DX mark II using FTP transfer from camera. The EOS 1DX mark III has a built-in wifi transmitter for file transfer to local devices – ideal for news-gathering on the move and shooting for social. The new WFT-E9 wireless file transmitter boosts the wifi speed to double that of the EOS 1DX mark II. Canon states that the network setup has been simplified to enhance the professional workflow.
The EOS 1DX mark III autofocus system has been enhanced with a deep learning auto-focus algorithm trained on real-world examples of sport photography. The AF system can track athletes’ faces, even when obscured by masks and googles. The AF system can also identify when a subject is upside down, such as in diving competitions and extreme sports, to better maintain sharp tracking auto focus. The camera features phase detection pixels on the imaging sensor – a major technology from the world of mirrorless cameras – this allows the camera to track focus while shooting at continuous 20fps
AF Smart Controller
The AF-on button has been combined with the AF control joystick in both vertical and horizontal orientations, so you can move and activate your AF points from a single button. The “smart controller” uses a sensor instead of a moving joystick, making it more durable and enabling it’s operation even when wearing gloves. The camera automatically disables the vertical smart controller when in landscape orientation to reduce the risk of accidentally moving the AF point.
CF Express Cards
Another new card type. In fact, CFexpress is a new version of the XQD cards found in Nikon cameras since the Nikon D4. This does mean that existing CFast cards and Compact Flash cards are not compatible with the EOS 1DX mark III, but CFexpress cards are faster, allowing for 20fps rates without buffering, and 4K video recording. Canon are giving a free CFexpress card and reader with pre-orders while stocks last. Ask our sales team for more info.
Canon EOS 1DX mark III
vs Canon EOS 1DX mark II
To download the full specification PDF click here.
Sensor: 20.1 megapixel vs 20.2 megapixel
ISO: 100-102,400 vs 100-51,200
Continuous Shooting Viewfinder: 16fps vs 14fps
Continuous Shooting LiveView: 20fps with AF vs 16fps no AF
Shutter Life*: 500,000 vs 400,000 actuations
Weight: 1.44kg vs 1.53kg
Battery Life: 2850 vs 1210
AF Points Viewfinder: 191 vs 61
AF Points Live View: 3869 vs 0
Lowest EV for AF: -4 vs -3
Lowest EV for Live View AF: -6 vs N/A
Memory Cards: 2x CFexpress vs 1x CFast 1x CompactFlash
WiFi Transmission: Built in WiFi and Bluetooth with WFT-E9 optional vs Wifi via afaptoe WFT-E8 only
Ethernet: Hi-Speed Gigabyte Ethernet vs Gigabye Ethernet
USB: 3.1 Gen2 with Type-C port vs USB 3.0
GPS: yes, built in vs yes, built in
Movie & Video:
4k & more Res: 5.5K Raw(60P), 4K DCI (60P), 4k UHD(60P) vs 4K video (60P)
HD Video: Full HD (120P) vs Full HD (120P)
Movie Crop: Full Width DCI, 1.3x Crop vs 1.3x crop
RAW recording: Yes vs No
*Shutter ratings are only guaranteed within the 1st year of use