The EOS 1Dx Mark III is Canon’s latest flagship DSLR aimed at professional sports and wildlife photographers. Teased in a development announcement in October 2019, Canon’s unveiled a handful of specs to whet our appetites – and while the resolution has not been confirmed, we now know a great deal more about it than Nikon’s revealed about its upcoming rival D6. At a Canon briefing I got to see a 1Dx Mark III prototype out of its glass case, although wasn’t allowed to actually touch it or even film it, so in the following video I’ll tell you everything I know about it so far, accompanied by a series of still product shots I took.
Ok, so here’s what we know so far. First it’s a DSLR, not a mirrorless or hybrid design. Second, Canon says the autofocus is much improved with a new AF sensor sporting 28 times more resolution than the Mark II when shooting through the viewfinder – remember that’s the AF sensor, not the imaging sensor. It’ll also focus over a greater Ev range and uses new algorithms with deep learning for their best tracking to date. Third, the live view autofocus shares the same algorithms and uses Dual Pixel AF with 535 selectable areas and 90×100% coverage. Fourth, there’s a new full-frame CMOS imaging sensor of course, but no word on actual resolution so far, although coupled with a new DIGIC processor, Canon claims better high ISO performance. Fifth, the burst shooting has accelerated to an impressive 16fps with the mechanical shutter through the viewfinder or 20fps with either a mechanical or electronic shutter in live view and both should support autofocus and exposure. Sixth, there’s 4k video up to 60p with 10 bit depth using HEIF files, Canon log and internal RAW recording. Seventh, the use of twin CF Express card slots allow a RAW buffer five times deeper than before, while there’s also quicker ethernet as well as built-in Wifi, Bluetooth and GPS. And finally, eighth, there’s greatly improved battery life even from the same pack as before.
That’s all I know so far, and while details are scarce, Canon has at least revealed a lot more than Nikon did for the D6. So to the pro sports shooters out there – are you excited by this announcement, or are you thinking a fully electronic solution like the Sony A9 II is the way forward.Check prices at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, eBay or Wex. Alternatively get yourself a copy of my In Camera book or treat me to a coffee! Thanks!