A Totally New EOS-1D X
A new concept in Canon AF sensors. The fastest, most durable Canon shutter yet. Innovative DSLR mirror control. A DIGIC processor so powerful it replaces dual processors in the previous camera. A completely new imaging sensor. And the most powerful video features to date in an EOS DSLR. The EOS-1D X Mark III is a totally new camera.
Not Just a New Sensor - a New Imaging System
It’s not simply a list of new components, it’s what they bring to the professional photographer. Sharper, more detailed imaging from the newly-designed, 20.1 million pixel CMOS image sensor. A new concept in Low-pass filters with 16-point separation (instead of the conventional four), combined with remarkable sharpness processing from the new DIGIC X processor, to maximize detail yet further minimize risk of false colors and moiré patterns. The widest ISO range yet in an EOS camera (ISO 100–102,400, expandable to ISO 50–819,200 equivalent), and even better high-ISO image quality than the previous version. Broad tonal range, and the option for HDR HEIF images, with even more highlight detail when displayed on HDR-compliant monitors and printers. And a new, in-camera Clarity control, for adjusting contrast in mid-tones.
Performance Starts with Autofocus
New AF power, for viewfinder shooting, Live View, and video. Through the finder, a totally new 191 point AF system delivers not just speed, but new AF Tracking. With Face Detection, new Head Detection technology — supported by Deep Learning — and ability to read subject shape and color, the EOS-1D X Mark III can follow subjects across the 191-point AF array like no EOS DSLR before it. There’s impressive, menu-driven control over Subject Tracking, starting with the ability to prioritize AF for people. Live View leverages proven Canon Dual Pixel CMOS AF, now with fine 525 AF zones and Eye Detect AF, and adds Servo AF for moving subjects, even at 20 FPS. The same system translates into Movie Servo AF during video recording, and can operate in low-light down to EV -6.
Speed with Endurance: The EOS-1D X Mark III
Wildlife and sports photographers, rejoice. The 1D X Mark III gives you speed and burst rates unlike any Canon EOS camera that’s come before it. Up to 16 FPS, with AI Servo AF, thru the viewfinder. Switch to Live View, and get up to 20 FPS, with Servo AF, for moving subjects. Choose between Mechanical shutter, Electronic 1st-curtatin shutter, or Electronic (silent) shutter during Live View. All up to 20 FPS. Dual CFexpress card slots. Burst Rates? Shoot over 1,000 RAW or RAW + JPEG images, at the fastest speeds, in a continuous burst, without slowing down. Experience the same outstanding responsiveness and minimal “lag time” as previous EOS-1D X models, with even less mirror black-out in the viewfinder. And behind it, newly-designed shutter and mirror mechanisms, and the DIGIC X processor — image processing speeds over 3x faster than the previous dual DIGIC 6+ processors in the Mark II model, and continuous processing potential up to approximately 380x faster. One last thing: it’s easy to dial-down the Continuous Shooting speed, in 1-FPS increments, whenever you don’t need all the performance.
Canon's Highest-Performing DSLR for Video
Leveraging the full-frame, 20.1MP image sensor, the EOS-1D X Mark III puts powerful new video abilities in the hands of demanding photographers and videographers. RAW video at 5.5K (12-bit) can be recorded right onto the CFexpress card, or to external recorders via HDMI, at up to 60p.*DCI-formatted 4K or broadcast/web-ready UHD 4K video can be recorded at 24p, 30p, or 60p,* —all using the width of the full-frame sensor. Cropped DCI 4K video is yet another option, as is Full HD (including High Frame Rate recording, at 120p). Canon Log can be applied to any, broadening 4K/Full HD recording to 10-bit, 4:2:2, and enhancing options for color grading in post-production. Canon’s Dual Pixel CMOS AF(including Eye Detect AF), with Movie Servo AF for moving subjects, is great for fast-paced recording. Or, use manual focus aids like on-screen Focus Guide, and/or Focus Peaking.
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* AF not available at 59.94 (NTSC) and 50.00 (PAL) frame rates for RAW video, and 4K video; AF is possible with cropped DCI 4K at 60p/50p
Live View Becomes a Viable Road to Professional Results
For still-image shooting, Live View isn’t just a “tripod mode.” It extends shooting speed up to 20 FPS — with the option of virtually silent shutter operation with Electronic shutter, full Mechanical shutter, or Electronic 1st-curtain shutter. Dual Pixel CMOS AF covers a much broader area, with up to 100% (vertical) x 90% (horizontal) possible with most current Canon EF lenses. Servo AF can follow-focus on challenging moving subjects, or lock focus One Shot AF. The same AF Area options as in viewfinder shooting are available, with the addition of a horizontal Large Zone AF setting. Set the AF Method to Face Detect + Tracking, and the same powerful Subject Tracking capabilities as in viewfinder shooting are possible. That includes the same innovative Head Detection technology as with viewfinder shooting (to put focus upon heads, when faces are obscured, or turned away), and adds Eye Detect AF. As a method for virtually silent still shooting, 20 FPS speed, or AF covering nearly the entire image area, Live View on the 1D X Mark III is a tool professionals can turn to.
The Most Durable EOS-1D X Yet
It starts where it always begins for EOS-1D series cameras: an all-metal, magnesium-alloy body, backed up by an all-metal mirror box structure. This is a massively strong camera body. Dust- and moisture-resistant gaskets and seals abound, giving the Mark III weather resistance equaling that of the highly-regarded EOS-1D X Mark II version. Inside, however, the shutter mechanism is totally new, designed not only for speed, but reliability even under harsh use. And the mirror box, a vital component in a digital SLR, is likewise redesigned, enhancing not only speed, but AF accuracy and even less viewfinder “black-out,” with its superb control of mirror movement and “bounce.” The result? The entire camera — not just the shutter mechanism — has been durability-tested by Canon engineers to 500,000 exposures, the highest durability rating to date for a Canon EOS camera.
The DSLR Battery Life Advantage, Carried Even Further
The EOS-1D X Mark III is powered by the same rechargeable Canon Battery Pack LP-E19 as the previous-generation Mark II model, so transitioning to the newest professional EOS DSLR is a little easier for current EOS-1D users. But again, this is a new EOS-1D X — not just a lightly updated model. A host of internal changes have extended still-image battery life to an outstanding 2,850 shots (viewfinder shooting) and 610 shots (Live View), in Canon tests conforming to CIPA industry standards. (For reference, the previous Mark II camera, using the same battery pack, was rated at 1,210/260 shots, again in CIPA-conforming tests.) For video recording, EOS-1D X Mark III users can expect approximately 2 hours of recording time for RAW and 4K recording, and roughly 4 hours of battery life for Full HD (1080p) recording. Battery life underscores a significant DSLR advantage, compared to many currently-available mirrorless, interchangeable-lens cameras — 4x or more the stated still-image battery life of today’s mirrorless products, as of early 2020.
Enthusiasts and Professionals Can Stay Connected
For the first time in an EOS-1D series camera, the Mark III version includes built-in Wi-Fi, for connection (without accessories) to compatible smartphones and tablets. This opens the door for event, wedding, wildlife, nature and even independent sports photographers to quickly share still and video files. But for the working professional, especially at major news and sports events, the EOS-1D X Mark III brings incredible network performance and capability. It starts with a built-in Ethernet port, compatible with Gigabit Ethernet. Or, with the optional Canon Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E9,* connect wirelessly to professional networks, with enhanced security, and ability to store and recall previous network settings and connections. A new Network menu tab keeps choices in one menu location, for quicker management. Finally, no accessory is needed on the Mark III for recording GPS location info — it’s built-in.
EOS-1D X MARK III
EOS-1D X MARK II
|Image Sensor||Full-frame CMOS||Full-frame CMOS|
|Image Processor||DIGIC X||Dual DIGIC 6+|
|ISO (Extended)||100-102,400 (819,200)||100-51,200 (409,600)|
|Max. Frame Rate (VF/Live View)||16 fps/20 fps||14 fps/16 fps|
|AF points||191 (155 cross-type)||61 (41 cross-type)|
|Image File Format||JPEG, HEIF, RAW||JPEG, RAW|
|Memory Card||Dual CFexpress||CompactFlash + CFast|
|Video Resolution||1080p @ 120p, 4K @ 60p, 5.5K RAW @ 60p, 10-bit 4:2:2 with Canon Log||4K @ 60fps|
|LCD||3.2", 2.1 million dots||3.2", 1.6 million dots|
|Buffer||1000+ in RAW||170+ in RAW|
|Metering Sensor||400,000 pixel RGB+IR||360,000 pixel RGB+IR|