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Canon’s EOS-1D X Mark III gets a new sensor

By Marcus Wong - on 30 Oct 2019, 3:25pm

Canon’s EOS-1D X Mark III gets a new sensor

Some 18 years after the launch of the first EOS-1D, and some three years after the launch of the EOS-1D X Mark II, Canon has announced the development of the EOS-1D X Mark III.

Unlike Nikon though, we’ve actually got some features to share on this new camera. For starters, the camera will get a new CMOS sensor and image processor with greater sensitivity for stills shooting than previous models. 10-bit High Efficiency Image File (HEIF) files will also be supported, while the camera will also support internal recording of 4K / 60p / YCbCr 4:2:2 / 10-bit / Canon Log and RAW format video.  

Canon has also announced that AF and AE tracking will be supported with both the optical viewfinder (OVF) and via Live View. The camera does up to 16 frames per second (fps) with the OVF and up to 20 fps with Live View. You will also now get a choice of using the mechanical shutter or the electronic shutter when using Live View, and the camera can now capture up to five times more images when doing continuous shooting in RAW.

On that note, the EOS-1D X Mark III will be getting a new AF sensor, with about 28 times more effective pixels in the centre pixel area than previous models. The new sensor will have higher focus accuracy when shooting through the OVF. In addition, the AF brightness range for both OVF and Live View shooting has been expanded making the camera more versatile than before.

The AF system has also been given an expanded focus area of approximately 100% (vertical) and approximately 90% (horizontal) across the frame. Also, up to 525 measurement points can be used for AF when using automatic selection. It’s worth noting that the camera will now take CFexpress instead of CFast 2.0 for faster data writing. The camera will also get two card slots so you get more versatility in terms of data handling.

No confirmed dates as to when the camera will be released, but the camera will be on display as a reference exhibit at the Canon booth during the annual PHOTOPLUS exhibition.