Canon Announces the 1D X Mark III: A True Powerhouse Camera for Professionals

Canon has announced the 1D X Mark III, and it is an absolute powerhouse. Check out what it's packing under the hood.

The 1D X Mark III improves on its already impressive predecessor with numerous improvements and new features to both the photo and video sides. Here are some of the most exciting specs:

  • New 20.1-megapixel sensor with new high-detail low-pass filter
  • New DIGIC X processor
  • ISO range of 50-102,400 (expandable to 50-819,200)
  • 191-point AF system (155 all cross-type) with Deep Learning Technology capable of tracking subject's head and face
  • 3,869 manual AF positions and 525 automatic areas with Live View Dual Pixel AF
  • Reduced time lag and viewfinder blackout
  • Smart Controller built into AF-On button for fast AF point selection
  • Dual Pixel AF in Live View with 90% x 100% coverage and range of EV -6 to EV 18
  • 16 fps continuous shooting with optical viewfinder, 20 fps in Live View with mechanical or silent electronic shutter
  • Dual CFexpress slots
  • Buffer of 1,000 raw images or more
  • 12-bit 5.5K raw video internal recording
  • 10-bit 4:2:2 4K 60p using full width of sensor in Canon Log
  • Improved network connectivity and functionality
  • Button illumination
  • Face-Priority E-TTL II metering
  • 10-bit HEIF file format for wider dynamic range, improved color representation, and smaller file size than 8-bit JPEG


You can preorder the new Canon 1D X Mark III here.

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Tom Reichner's picture

This seems like just an announcement with specs, not an actual article. I was expecting the author to provide a lot of insightful analysis and discussion.

Andy Luten's picture

He may not have had embargoed information like many others had to write their articles, in which case an article like this makes sense and then a follow-on article can come in a day or two.

Indy Thomas's picture

DPReview has some thoughts but then they are Amazon and they have some juice with Canon.
From what I can tell, it seems to be a heroic camera. Of course it has brought every troll out also.

Deleted Account's picture

No, They have "juice" with Sony.... Contempt with Canon.
I'm with ya on the latter two. I wish I could trade the Fn bar on my EOS R for that new back focus button on it! That's a must have!!

stuartcarver's picture

Thats all that site is though, a troll site... i got a ban for making some comment so i kindly asked them to completely remove my details from their website completely. It was basically a nothing comment, yet they let trolls run riot on there each and every day with absolutely no action taken... a rubbish website for none camera owners to argue about spreadsheet numbers and pointless equivalence.

Erpillar Bendy's picture

I agree. The DPReview comments section is a festival of trolling. Their Canon forum is moderated by a Nikon user who can't tell the difference between genuinely helpful advice and pure trolling.

Indy Thomas's picture

I note some people have registered their disappointment with my mild comment on DPR. I wonder if they objected to the characterization of DPR having juice (which they inarguably do as their staff are regularly invited on the press junkets) or that it is a nest of trolls (again, inarguable to anyone with eyes).

stuartcarver's picture

Its an announcement article, it does what it says on the tin.

Morris Erickson's picture

Bryan Carnathan has an extensive write-up on this new machine:

g coll's picture

Beast of a camera! Will be ordering.

Ben Bezuidenhout's picture

Rather get yourself the EOS R. Love the EOS R. This thing is 3 times more expensive and the only up I see is the 4K. No thanks.

stuartcarver's picture

Im no sports or action shooter but lets see how many EOS R's there are trackside at the Olympics, the photography equivalent of bringing a knife to a gunfight.

Spy Black's picture

...unless you're a ninja...

stuartcarver's picture

Not a ninja but I managed to gain the full RAF Marksman badge at 14yrs old in the air cadets so a ninja would need to move pretty quick to avoid getting shot:)

Mike Dixon's picture

I'm really disappointed to see that it's only 20MP, I was really expecting to see at least 24MP.

Zoli Tarnavölgyi's picture

Same here..
Anyway, for wedding, event and sports... new king - again - from Canon. I have the mark1, it just works.
In ... every ... f...g ... moments. :)))

Erpillar Bendy's picture

20 vs. 24mp is near trivial. This camera appears to take high ISO image quality to a new level.

Spy Black's picture

This and the D6 are the last of the DSLR giants. You're looking at the digital EOS-1V.

Robert Nurse's picture

I was hoping for far more AF points. Doesn't the EOS R have like several thousand? No bump in resolution either. What else you got Canon?

Zoli Tarnavölgyi's picture

Not possible to do this on a dslr. A MILC body has different technology with the AF, it has the AF on the sensor, so AF points can be spread out till the edge.

Erpillar Bendy's picture

Because 191 AF points is not enough? What kind of photography do you do?

Robert Nurse's picture

My current body has 61. At wide or near wide open recomposing is problematic. Perhaps the 1DX Mark III has enough to cover the entire finder.

Spy Black's picture

Not really so much how many at that number, but how the data is processed that matters.

Jeff McCollough's picture

Only 20MP :(

Robert Montgomery's picture

If it had a 2 ex wives To CF card capture feature...