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Canon EOS 1DX Mark III DSLR Announced

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The flagship Canon EOS Camera just got an update, the EOS 1DX Mark III was announced a while ago today, months away to be ready for the Olympics 2020 in Japan.

EOS 1DX Mark III

The news was in the rumour mills for quite a while and until today Canon announced today that development is underway on the EOS-1D X Mark III, the newest entry in the EOS-1 series highly trusted by professional photographers in such fields as sports and portraiture for its high performance and reliability. The new model will deliver enhanced image quality, continuous shooting and operability over its predecessor, the EOS-1D X Mark II which was released back in April 2016. Speaking of which, the EOS 1 series comes a long way, all the way back to in 1989, and with the announcement of the EOS 1DX Mark III marks the 30th anniversary of EOS 1 series.

Lets take a quick tour to look at what’s new with the flagship camera that Canon has got to offer:-

New Sensor
Canon’s in-development proprietary CMOS sensor and image processor will gives higher sensitivity for stills shooting compared with their older models. Saving of still-image 10-bit HEIF files will be supported. In addition, the camera will support internal recording of 4K / 60p / YCbCr 4:2:2 / 10-bit / Canon Log and RAW format video.

AF and AE tracking supported whether shooting with the optical viewfinder (OVF) or live view and improved continuous shooting speeds compared with previous models. With AF and AE tracking, the camera realizes up to approximately 16 frames-per-second shooting using the OVF and 20 with live view. What’s more, when shooting with live view, photographers can choose to shoot using either the mechanical shutter or electronic shutter.

5x increase in the maximum number of images captured when performing continuous RAW shooting compared with predecessor models. No details on the pixel count as yet but we expect to be much more than the Mark II and most probably with DiGiC 9 technology.

Auto Focus
A new AF sensor will be employed, which increased the number of effective pixels in the center pixel area by approximately 28x compared with the Mark II. High-resolution signals obtained by the AF sensor will enable high focus accuracy when shooting through the OVF. In addition, an expanded AF brightness range will be available for both OVF and live view shooting.

When using either the OVF or live view, the new AF algorithm, which features more stable performance, will utilize deep learning technology to further improve its tracking capabilities. In live view, the AF offers an expanded focus area of approximately 100% (vertical) and approximately 90% (horizontal). In addition, up to 525 measurement points can be used for AF when using automatic selection.

Connectivity
The currently in-development Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E9, when used with the EOS-1D X Mark III, realizes more than twice the wireless image data transmission speed. This transmitter also serves as a connection to smartphones and other mobile devices via Wi-Fi and Bluetooth and enables recording of GPS information at the location of image capture. When using a wired LAN connection, the WFT-E9 achieves more than twice the image data transmission speed of its predecessor model.

Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E9

Built
The EOS 1DX Mark III will be built on a strong magnesium-alloy body which will provide high reliability and durability. The rear-side buttons are normally important for operation, and now they are back-lit to enable menu operation in dark conditions.

As for the storage compartment, the camera’s memory card format has been changed from CFast 2.0 to CFexpress, enabling faster data writing. In addition, the camera will include two memory card slots.

With the improvement of the AF Start button, now it features a new internal device that enables fast AF tracking setting without users having to release their finger. On top of that, battery Pack LP-E19 and a newly designed power management system provide a greater number of shots per charge compared with predecessor models.

Fast Facts we know so far:-

  • New CMOS sensor, New Digic processor & Dual Pixel CMOS AF
    • New AF algorithm with deep learning
    • New AF sensor
    • 28x more resolution than the 1DX Mark II AF sensor
    • Focus over a greater EV range
    • Live View and movie AF with the same algorithm as optical viewfinder system
    • 90 x 100% coverage
    • 525 selectable AF areas
    • New AF point selection control
    • Illuminated buttons
    • Improved battery life for LP-E19
    • Better ISO performance
    • 10-bit HEIF files
    • 4K 60P
    • 10-bit Canon Log
    • Internal Raw video recording
    • Optical finder continuous shooting 16fps AF + AE /
    • Live View continuous 20fps AF + AE (with mechanical or electronic shutter)
    • CFexpress storage
    • 5x RAW burst depth vs 1DX Mark II
    • Built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth
    • Built-in ethernet transfer speed 2x fast as 1D X Mark II

We will keep you all updated on the development of the EOS 1DX Mark III, watch this space. Availability and price are not available at writing time. You could contact Canon Malaysia for more information.

Editor | Arthur Chen
Editor, Photographer, Video Director & Producer and avid Traveller. The media industry has been my playground for a long time and is getting more exciting by the days.