Earlier today at CES 2020, Canon has officially announced the long-awaited Canon EOS-1D X Mark III DSLR. Billed as the Ultimate EOS by Canon, this new top-of-the-line DSLR boasts a brand new 20.1MP full-frame CMOS sensor paired with the latest DIGIC X image processor enabling internal video recording up to 4K 60p in 10-bit 4:2:2 and 12-bit 5.5K RAW as well as Full HD up to 120 fps.
Shooting Raw in Canon Log, allows you to capture 14 stops of dynamic range while utilizing the full width of the brand new sensor. Other than that, the camera can record in either H.264 8-bit 4:2:0 or in 10-bit H.265 10-bit 4:2:2 when using Canon Log.
The updated image-processing engine of the Canon 1DX Mark III offers greater efficiency, allowing for extended battery life using the proprietary LP-E19 rechargeable lithium-ion batteries. The processor also offers improved speeds of up to 16 fps with the optical viewfinder or 20 fps in live view. Another important upgrade comes to the buffer, allowing for up to 1000 RAW images to be captured in a single burst.
Canon 1DX Mark III has a sensitivity range of ISO 100 – 102400, which can be extended to ISO 50 – 819200. Furthermore, the sensor has a new low-pass filter that will maintain sharpness while minimizing various artifacts. This combination is now able to capture images in the HEIF format with HDR metadata.
The camera body of the 1D X Mark III is sturdy and weather-sealed while being equipped with two CFexpress card slots. On top of that, the unit uses Electronic In-Body Stabilization, or EIBS, for capturing smoother, more stable cinematic footage in conjunction with the powerful new DIGIC X image processor.
Autofocus is another area with great improvements, starting with a dedicated DIGIC 8 processor to run the system. The standard AF offering is a 191-point phase-detect sensor with 155 cross-type points. Autofocus will be available for many modes, including 5.5K RAW at up to 30 fps and DCI 4K at up to 60 fps in crop mode or 30 fps in full-frame.
Live view can make use of Dual Pixel CMOS AF with 525 areas for quickly and accurately locking onto your subject. Dual Pixel will even offer Eye AF. There’s a newly added Smart Controller button that includes touch functionality to make adjusting select settings, such as autofocus, simpler and easier.
Other changes come to the optical viewfinder, which has minimized blackout and a redesigned mirror drive mechanism, and a 3.2” 2.1M-dot touchscreen for composing and reviewing images. The camera also has a mini-HDMI port, USB Type-C, headphone and mic jacks, Ethernet, and more.
For professional-grade wireless connectivity, users can add the optional WFT-E9A Wireless File Transmitter. Wireless LAN support and compatibility with 2.4 and 5GHz frequencies will help ensure fast, secure transfers. You will be able to transfer RAW files, HDR content, and 4K video with ease.
Canon 1DX Mark III Highlights
20.1MP Full-Frame Sensor
DIGIC X Image Processor
DCI 4K and 5.5K Raw Video
14 stops of dynamic range when shooting RAW video in Canon Log
Up to 20 fps continuous shooting in live view or 16 fps with the viewfinder
Sensitivity range of ISO 100 – 102400 (further extended to ISO 50 – 819200)
EOS iTR AF X Autofocus & Dual Pixel CMOS AF
Weather-sealed magnesium alloy body
Improved battery life using LP-E19 batteries
Dual CFexpress card slots
Built-in Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and GPS
Availability: mid-February 2020
The Canon 1DX Mark III is now available to pre-order selling for $6,499 with expected availability in mid-February.