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Canon officially announces the Canon EOS-1D X Mark III

MELVILLE, N.Y., January 6, 2020 – Canon U.S.A. Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced the highly anticipated Canon EOS-1D X Mark III camera – the successor to the world-renowned and award-winning EOS-1D X Mark II. The Company’s new flagship DSLR has been engineered and designed using extensive feedback from the professional sports, photojournalist, wildlife and wedding photographers.

This new groundbreaking workhorse EOS-1D X Mark III DLSR Camera features:

  • New 20.1 Megapixel Full-frame CMOS Sensor combined with newly designed High Detail Low-Pass Filter
  • New DIGIC X Image Processor with an ISO range of 100-102400; Expandable to 50-819200[i]
  • New 191-point optical viewfinder AF system capable of tracking the subject’s head, and face using Deep Learning Technology
  • New Smart Controller built into the AF-On button for fast control of the AF Point selection
  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF for fast and accurate autofocus in Live View covering 90%x100% of the image area at an EV of -6 ~ 18
  • The lightning-fast camera features the ability to shoot up to 16 frames-per-second in optical viewfinder shooting and up to 20 fps while in Live View shooting with mechanical or silent shutter
  • Maximum buffer in continuous shooting (RAW+JPEG) of 1000 images or more with dual CFexpress card slots
  • 12-bit 5.5K RAW video internal recording and oversampling 4K 60p video recording using the full width of the sensor in Canon Log with 10-bit 4:2:2

What you get when you preorder from us.

  • Canon EOS-1D X Mark III Body
  • 64gb CFexpress card and reader
  • $100 gift certificate from Lensrentals.com (Exclusive, USA Only)
  • A chance to have your entire purchase refunded by Adorama!

Preorder the Canon EOS-1D X Mark III Now!

“When engineering and designing the new flagship camera, Canon’s top priority was collecting and implementing extensive user-feedback from a variety of professionals,” said Kazuto Ogawa, president and chief operating officer, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “In the end, the outcome is at first glance a familiar tool, but in reality, so much more; a camera unlike anything the company has introduced before. Canon is eagerly waiting to see what timeless memories professional image makers capture with this new camera.”

At the camera’s core is Canon’s newly developed 20.1 megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor, a High Detail Low-Pass Filter and the DIGIC X image processor. These features will help to provide professional photographers with a fast and powerful tool to capture images with a greater level of resolution, higher sensitivity, reduced moiré and improved image quality in higher ISO ranges with reduced noise. Utilizing a single DIGIC X image processor and a DIGIC 8 dedicated for AF/AE the camera’s image processing performance far exceeds and surpasses that of its predecessor, all while reducing power consumption. The DIGIC X is capable of up to approximately 3.1 times the image processing and 380 times Dual CMOS AF processing performance compared to the dual DIGIC 6+ found in the EOS-1D X Mark II. The new powerful image processor also allows for an ISO range of 100-102,400 (expandable up to 50-819,200), providing users with higher clarity images and quality in various shooting situations.

The EOS-1D X Mark III camera also provides users with equally impressive video features, with the ability to internally record 5.5K RAW video and uncropped 4K 60p derived from the original 5.5K readout in Canon Log with 10-bit 4:2:2. Canon Log allows users to record 4K and 1080p video files with up to 12 stops of High Dynamic Range and wide exposure latitude, making it simple to coordinate color settings with other Canon cameras in multi-camera set-ups. It’s ideally suited to help streamline and provide greater creative freedom during the extensive post-production processing. In addition, the camera’s HDMI terminal can be used to transmit 4K 60p data to another device for display or external recording.

When developing the EOS-1D X Mark III, Canon put a heavy emphasis on designing and installing a completely overhauled and comprehensive Auto Focus system for the user with the need for speed. The new 191-point AF system with 155-point all cross-type points helps users to quickly and smoothly track a subject and maintain a level of focusing accuracy during a variety of shooting situations such as tracking a motorcar circling around the race track or a leopard bolting across the plains. Canon has redesigned the AF sensor incorporating a new square pixel design based on an image sensor, essentially making the AF sensor 28x higher resolution at the center area.

Canon’s revolutionary Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology provides users with fast and accurate AF using 3869 manually selectable AF positions and 525 automatic areas[ii]. In Live View shooting, the EOS-1D X Mark III’s AF system supports face, head and, most noteworthy, eye detection AF tracking. Eye detection AF provides high-precision tracking by locking in on and following the eye of a moving subject. When in Live View AF/AE tracking is supported during high-speed burst shooting with the ability to capture up to 20 fps in both RAW and RAW + JPEG file format.

Using the traditional optical viewfinder, the camera has the ability to capture up to an extraordinary 16 fps with reduced time lag and image blackout. Reducing lag and image blackout greatly increases a photographer’s ability to track moving subjects and never miss a shot. Regardless of the method of shooting through the OVF or LCD, the EOS-1D X Mark III can shoot over 1000 images in a burst using the dual CFexpress cards.

To support the needs of top professionals, the camera’s communications functions have been greatly enhanced. Incorporating a dedicated Network tab in the menu, the photographer can much more easily set up network functions such as connections via built-in gigabit Ethernet, Wi-Fi® connectivity, Bluetooth connectivity and destinations such as FTP servers, EOS Utility, or Browser Remote[iii] functions. It will even support encrypted network authentication for advanced network users.

Thoughts from the First Users

“I can’t say enough good things about how well the EOS-1D X Mark III camera performed on so many levels. The new AF system is a game-changer for me, I was totally blown away by how well it performed in various situations, including very low-light levels,” said wildlife photographer and Canon Explorer of Light Adam Jones. “The ability to move the AF point quickly with the new sensor-based AF button was simply amazing; the focus followed the subject like nothing before. As a wildlife photographer, I never dreamed we would have a camera that could follow focus on fast-flying snow geese using a super-telephoto lens with 1.4x and 2x converters – but with the new camera here we are!”

“My job is to travel the world to photograph automobile racing and car culture in the harshest conditions imaginable. Racetracks, salt flats, sand dunes, frozen lakes, you name it, I photograph all things four wheels. That is why I need a camera that works as hard as we do,” said automotive photographer Larry Chen. “I started my professional career on the EOS-1D series of bodies, and I’ve had several over the years with over one million images captured. The EOS-1D X Mark III really is the next generation of professional cameras in a familiar package, the first words out of my mouth after shooting with it were ‘There are no more excuses, to miss a shot!’ I can’t wait to use it for the 2020 racing season!”

Additional Features of the Canon EOS-1D X Mark III DSLR Camera Include:

  • Enhanced operational controls including button illumination, Touch AF and a multi-controller allowing users to select the desired AF point more easily
  • Face-Priority E-TTL II metering enables the camera to automatically adjust to provide the appropriate output of an external flash when it detects a face
  • Digital Lens Optimizer helps to correct against any potential lens diffraction or aberration based on the design of each individual lens. DLO also improves the overall resolution of an image
  • Ability to capture stills in 10-bit using the HEIF (High-Efficiency Image File) file format. HEIF produces a wider dynamic range and greater color representation compared to 8-bit JPEG
  • Built-in Wi-Fi®[iv], Bluetooth®[v], and GPS[vi] Technology
  • Faster speed and improved user interface for networking with optional Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E9 or with the built-in gigabit ethernet port
  • Canon EOS-1D series level of durability including dust-and-weather- resistance

Price and Availability

The Canon EOS-1D X Mark III DSLR camera body and WFT-E9 wireless file transmitter are both scheduled to be available in mid-February 2020 for an estimated retail price of $6,499.00 and $649.99, respectively*. For more information, please visit, cusa.canon.com.

What you get when you preorder from us.

  • Canon EOS-1D X Mark III Body
  • 64gb CFexpress card and reader
  • $100 gift certificate from Lensrentals.com (Exclusive, USA Only)
  • A chance to have your entire purchase refunded by Adorama!

Preorder the Canon EOS-1D X Mark III Now!

[i] Camera’s ISO range expandable for still image shooting only.

[ii] Available AF positions may decrease when shooting with AF cropping or in movie mode, or depending on camera settings or lens attached.

[iii] Browser Remote will be supported through firmware update after shipping.

[iv] Compatible with iOS® versions 9.3/10.3/11.2-11.4/12.2/13.2, Android™ smartphone and tablet versions 5.0/5.1/6.0/7.0/7.1/8.0/8.1/9.0/10.0. Data charges may apply with the download of the free Canon Camera Connect app. This app helps enable you to upload images to social. Please note that image files may contain personally identifiable information that may implicate privacy laws. Canon disclaims and has no responsibility for your use of such images. Canon does not obtain, collect or use such images or any information included in such images through this app.

[v] Compatible with select smartphone and tablet devices (Android™ version 5.0 or later and the following iOS® devices: iPhone 4s or later, Pod Touch 5th gen. or later) equipped with Bluetooth® version 4.1 or later and the Camera Connect App Ver. 2.5.10. This application is not guaranteed to operate on all listed devices, even if minimum requirements are met.

[vi] in certain countries and regions, the use of GPS may be restricted. Therefore be sure to use GPS in accordance with the laws and regulations of your country or region. Be particularly careful when traveling outside your home country. As a signal is received from GPS satellites, take sufficient measure when using in locations where the use of electronics are regulated.

Canon EOS-1D X Mark III specifications

Price
MSRP $6499
Body type
Body type Large SLR
Body material Magnesium alloy
Sensor
Max resolution 5472 x 3648
Other resolutions 4368 x 2912, 3648 x 2432, 2736 x 1824
Image ratio w:h 3:2
Effective pixels 20 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors 21 megapixels
Sensor size Full frame (36 x 24 mm)
Sensor type CMOS
Processor Digic X
Color space sRGB, Adobe RGB
Color filter array Primary color filter
Image
ISO Auto, 100-102400 (expands to 50-819200)
Boosted ISO (minimum) 50
Boosted ISO (maximum) 819200
White balance presets 7
Custom white balance Yes (5 slots)
Image stabilization No
Uncompressed format RAW
File format
  • JPEG (Exif v2.31)
  • HEIF (10-bit)
  • Raw / C-Raw (CR3)
Optics & Focus
Autofocus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Phase Detect
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Selective single-point
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Touch
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Manual focus Yes
Number of focus points 191
Number of cross-type focus points 155
Lens mount Canon EF
Focal length multiplier 1×
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCD Fully articulated
Screen size 3.2
Screen dots 2,100,000
Touch screen Yes
Screen type TFT LCD
Live view Yes
Viewfinder type Optical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder coverage 100%
Viewfinder magnification 0.76×
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed 30 sec
Maximum shutter speed 1/8000 sec
Exposure modes
  • Program
  • Aperture priority
  • Shutter priority
  • Manual
Built-in flash No
External flash Yes
Flash X sync speed 1/250 sec
Drive modes
  • Single
  • High-speed
  • Continuous
  • Low-speed
  • Silent single
  • Silent high-speed continuous
  • Silent low-speed continuous
Continuous drive 20.0 fps
Self-timer Yes
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
  • Spot AF-area
  • Partial
Exposure compensation ±5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
WB Bracketing Yes
Videography features
Format MPEG-4, H.264, H.265
Microphone Stereo
Speaker Mono
Storage
Storage types Dual CFexpress type B
Connectivity
USB USB 3.1 Gen 1 (5 GBit/sec)
HDMI Yes (HDMI mini)
Microphone port Yes
Headphone port Yes
Wireless Built-In
Remote control Yes (Wired, wireless, smartphone)
Physical
Environmentally sealed Yes
Battery Built-in
Battery description LP-E19 lithium-ion battery & dual charger
Battery Life (CIPA) 2850
Weight (inc. batteries) 1440 g (3.17 lb / 50.79 oz)
Dimensions 158 x 168 x 83 mm (6.22 x 6.61 x 3.27)
Other features
Orientation sensor Yes
Timelapse recording Yes
GPS Built-in
Oct 23, 2018
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I’m intrigued by that new AF Smart Controller. I love the Touch AF feature on the mirrorless cameras but missed the joystick, and this looks like it can be the best of both worlds: a joystick and Touch AF in one. (And of course, it still has the regular joystick.)
 
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neuroanatomist

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Looks awesome.

But honestly, I’m not tempted enough to buy it. Sure, if my 1D X falls off a cliff into lava I’ll replace it with a 1D X III. For me, it’s less about the degree of improvements and more about the fact that the 1D X still very effectively meets my needs.
 

bgoyette

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On the video side, a couple of things are curious. Canon refers to Canon Log and 12 stops of DR...which is fine for an 8-bit codec, but then goes on to refer to 4:2:2 10 bit and 12 bit raw. Wondering why we're seeing Canon Log instead of Log 3 or Log 2, which are the ones designed for 10-12bit workflows. The second question is what format is the camera writing the RAW to?...if it's Cinema Raw Light, you'd think they'd mention it...if it's CDNG, ughh....I thought we'd moved past that.
 
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Bishop80

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I'm excited by the product.
Also, the two video and stills white papers under "Resources" on the Canon site have really good information (still reading :) )
 
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bgoyette

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On the video side, a couple of things are curious. Canon refers to Canon Log and 12 stops of DR...which is fine for an 8-bit codec, but then goes on to refer to 4:2:2 10 bit and 12 bit raw. Wondering why we're seeing Canon Log instead of Log 3 or Log 2, which are the ones designed for 10-12bit workflows. The second question is what format is the camera writing the RAW to?...if it's Cinema Raw Light, you'd think they'd mention it...if it's CDNG, ughh....I thought we'd moved past that.
Answering my own question. Canon has a cursory video covering the RAW video output. Would appear its outputting an image sequence packaged as a CRM that gets processed in a new version of DPP for output as an image sequence along with a sidecar WAV file. Strangely, the export window doesn't show anything like a "log" output, so this looks like a very clunky workflow to say the least. Perhaps resolve can handle the files and smooth the way. BTW, the RAW video has 14 stops of DR, according to the video.

 

cpreston

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On the video side, a couple of things are curious. Canon refers to Canon Log and 12 stops of DR...which is fine for an 8-bit codec, but then goes on to refer to 4:2:2 10 bit and 12 bit raw. Wondering why we're seeing Canon Log instead of Log 3 or Log 2, which are the ones designed for 10-12bit workflows. The second question is what format is the camera writing the RAW to?...if it's Cinema Raw Light, you'd think they'd mention it...if it's CDNG, ughh....I thought we'd moved past that.
It appears that the Log is closest to Canon Log 3 on the new cameras. It has the general Canon Log profile but it uses the full DR of the sensor.

I would guess that since it s a crm file, this raw video will act like any other CRL format in an NLE.

As a note, I saw that the 10bit formats are h.265 and a 4:2:0 8 bit format is available in H.264. The camera can record in both raw video and an mpeg-4 format at the same time.

Honestly, it looks like Canon put some work into making this camera able to shoot decent video.
 

ahsanford

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Okay, for a [stills only] + [OVF only] gent like myself, someone please give me the top 3 things the 1DX3 will do that the 1DX2 cannot.

Don't give me a tabled comparison. I'm just curious what the OVF stills folks are particularly geeked about with this thing.

Thx,
A
 
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Okay, for a [stills only] + [OVF only] gent like myself, someone please give me the top 3 things the 1DX3 will do that the 1DX2 cannot.

Don't give me a tabled comparison. I'm just curious what the OVF stills folks are particularly geeked about with this thing.

Thx,
A
This probably doesn't meet your requirements, but I like the full touch screen, and I am hopeful on the autofocus improvements. The dual CF Express cards are a good move to I think. The optical AF control is cool. They are claiming a good amount of ISO improvement over the MK2. They mention improvement to the low pass filter. I will just have to wait and see. After all of my moaning and groaning about 20mp I may preorder.
 
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Has anyone seen clarification about "built-in WiFi and Bluetooth" that is mentioned? Does it in fact have a basic WiFi antenna built into the body AND the option of the external WFT transmitter for faster/larger file transfer? Or is the "built-in" feature just confirming that it will accept the external accessory and without that you can't wirelessly get images out of the camera? I've got the WFT8 and the 1DxII and it is incredibly slow sometimes. Other signals in an arena can jam the device. Would be great if it has a basic transmitter in the body when you just want to export a JPEG and send it to your phone for posting or forwarding a low res file.
 

dak3

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The EOS-1D X Mark III camera features a developed AF system with a maximum of 3,869 manually selectable AF positions, which covers almost the entire image sensing area. The EOS-1D X Mark III camera can also be configured to focus on specific areas, using an extended range of selectable modes that include 1-point AF, Expanded AF Area, Zone AF and Large Zone AF in addition to the conventional Face+ Tracking AF.

I'm in camera heaven!!!!
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@ahsanford -
(1) faster WiFi exporting with the new transmtiter supposedly (remains to be seen. previous device can bog down if there's radio interference in the area), (2) new file format might be nice if you want more than a JPEG offers but don't want to deal with RAW files, and (3) head/face/eye detection AF is a big deal whether you're doing head shots or sports. That alone has me interested in upgrading. If it can eventually (firmware?) recognize animal faces/eyes then that could be incredibly helpful to wildlife shooters. I know you emphasized STILLS ONLY, but having FF video now instead of the previous smaller crop is a big deal. Wide angles stay truly wide and you could shoot 4K or almost 6K video and grab decent resolution still frames from that footage. 16-20 fps 20MP files or 30-60 fps grab frame at 8-10MP's (i'm guessing). Pretty sweat.
 
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Nice! Head detection via viewfinder :)!... like a hybride (90D has it also?!).
enough said about the MP... the in the rumor thread ;P. Lets hope the next one has a huge step in MP - maybe with individual M & S-Raw resolution!
 
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The EOS-1D X Mark III camera features a developed AF system with a maximum of 3,869 manually selectable AF positions, which covers almost the entire image sensing area. The EOS-1D X Mark III camera can also be configured to focus on specific areas, using an extended range of selectable modes that include 1-point AF, Expanded AF Area, Zone AF and Large Zone AF in addition to the conventional Face+ Tracking AF.

I'm in camera heaven!!!!
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That's in Live View. Similar to how the EOS R works. Except you have to hold the camera out in front of you to use it.......