Canon EOS-1D X Mark III Review

October 15, 2020 | Gavin Stoker | Rating star Rating star Rating star Rating star


The EOS-1DX Mark III is Canon's latest top-of-the-range full-frame professional-level DSLR, designed to be the ultimate sports and wildlife camera.

It features a redesigned 20.1 megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor and the very latest DIGIC X image processor.

Burst shooting speeds have been increased to 20fps continuous shooting in live view or 16fps with the viewfinder and the buffer has been improved to allow Raw and JPEG bursts of up to 1000 frames.

The native ISO range runs from 100-102400, which can be expanded to ISO 50-819200.

The EOS iTR AF X auto-focusing system that works when using the optical pentaprism viewfinder has 191 points 155 of which are cross-type points.

The Dual Pixel CMOS AF system that's used when shooting video or in Live View features 3869 autofocus points with 525 automatic positions.

The 1DX Mark III is capable of internally recording DCI 4K video at 60 fps with 10-bit 4:2:2 color and Raw 5.5K video, plus there's also Full HD recording up to 120fps.

There's a 3.2-inch 2.1m-dot LCD touchscreen on the rear, dual CFexpress memory card slots, built-in Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS, and integrated USB Type-C, mini HDMI, headphone, microphone, N3 remote, and Ethernet ports.

The magnesium alloy body is both dust- and weather-resistant.

The Canon EOS-1D X Mark III is priced at £6499 / $6499 body only.

Ease of Use

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Front of the Canon EOS-1D X Mark III

With many pro photographers at the time of writing finding jobs cancelled during the pandemic and sporting fixtures much curtailed, is now the right time to be promoting an expensive - at a manufacturer's suggested £6,499.99 - high-end traditional DSLR?

Perhaps not, yet like most of us, Canon is ploughing on regardless. And so the much-anticipated full frame EOS-1D X Mark III full frame sensor incorporating flagship lands on the Photography Blog test slab.

So what's changed compared to the previous generation/s of this digital behemoth, which is most closely contested, in terms of features, price and status, by Nikon's likewise comparably new D6?

Well, the magnesium alloy bodied 20.1MP Canon EOS-1D X Mark III, undoubtedly, like its rival, originally intended to arrive in time for the postponed Tokyo 2020 Olympics back in the summer, features what's claimed to be an overhauled AF system and sensor - tweaks to auto focus response being chiefly where most of the industry's innovations and advances have come from lately.

Canon is suggesting here we're getting a ‘dramatically improved' AF tracking performance, image quality and communication capabilities; exactly what we're expecting for the outlay.

On top of this, its maker lays claim to delivering ‘industry leading' shooting speeds at 20fps with AF tracking in Live View mode, and that's with mechanical or electronic shutter.

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Rear of the Canon EOS-1D X Mark III

Otherwise it's a still very impressive 16fps if utilising the optical viewfinder. The manufacturer also suggests that the DSLR's AF sensor offers 28x the centre resolution of its predecessor to address pro photographers' need for greater accuracy, when focusing on subjects in a wider range of scenarios. Which sounds good to us, making this DSLR as useful for wildlife as it will be for sports photographers.

We headed to a local park to attempt to photograph some deer - and the camera ably picked out our subjects from the grassy surrounds they were hiding in. Fittingly, given its model name, this third generation EOS-1D X features its manufacturer's current generation Digic X processor to keep everything chugging along.

So the Mark III is quick, it's robustly manufactured - but what about video? That particular box is ticked via the offering of up to 4K-resolution clips, even if, when choosing to couple this with a maximum 50fps frame rate, videographers need to focus manually rather than relying on AF, which with a moving subject takes some practice.

For shooting at night or in low light, users get incrementally selectable sensitivity settings running from an expanded ISO 50 to ISO 819,200, selected by holding down the dedicated ISO button on the top plate and spinning the command dial located in front of it, with a familiar rectangular LCD window on the top plate detailing the selection made.

That's an impressively broad selection, even if at top images at the boosted settings are pretty much unusable, unless you're happy with something that more closely resembles a brass rubbing than a photo as such.

File format wise, the Mark III is also Canon's first EOS to support the ‘next generation' HEIF (High Efficiency Image File) file format, enabling images with 10-bits of data to be saved in a file the equivalent size of a JPEG, while suffering less compression.

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Top of the Canon EOS-1D X Mark III

Of course Raw files can be shot in tandem with JPEGS (or indeed HEIF files) as per usual - here with Canon's own .CR3 (Canon Raw) file extension, which requires the likes of Photoshop or Lightroom to access and open.

To cope with modern data hungry demands, the camera uses latest generation CFexpress memory cards - and that media alone, sadly, for anyone wondering if they can still use their drawer full of regular CF and SD cards - which boast a write speed over 3x that of the previous swiftest CFast cards.

There are, however, dual card slots provided here for power users, as one would expect given its pro-level status. Canon reckons this makes bursts of over 1000 Raw images possible, which is crazy.

It's also the first EOS-1 model to feature built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, while for video specialists it boasts 5.5K 12-bit Raw video internal recording; the first non cinema Canon EOS camera to have that feature.

Furthermore there's Movie Digital IS, which provides five-axis image stabilization - useful if shooting video handheld with longer lenses, as we were when using a supplied 200mm, allowing us to achieve commendably smooth looking results.

As well as the expected sturdy brick outhouse-like build, the EOS-1D X Mark III features several buttons which can be illuminated if its display light button is pressed, allowing for users to better identify functions if working in near dark conditions.

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Memory Card Slots

It's no use having all these features at our fingertips however if the DSLR falls down in other respects. Battery life is, however, fortunately as robust as the camera's outer shell.

With a rechargeable LP-E19 cell inserted, it's claimed a whopping 2850 shots maximum are achievable from a full charge, if utilising the optical viewfinder, naturally.

Even if users are shooting mainly in the Mark III's machine gun-clatter like burst mode, it will still take some time rattle through that, and further underlines its professional mettle. Plus you can always pack a spare if heading out for the day or as back up when covering a major event.

Hefting the camera out of its box and affixing one of the two lenses that came with our review sample - an 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM and 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM - we were immediately met with a cloudy view via the optical viewfinder.

Whereas on most cameras the diopter adjustment knob to the left of the optical viewfinder sticks out sufficiently to enable the user to get the edge of a fingernail against it and make an adjustment, here it's almost completely covered by the rubber surround of the eyecup.

So much so, that you have to physically remove the eyecup by pinching its sides and sliding it upwards to make any manual adjustment, before subsequently sliding and clipping it back into place. But once done, it's done.

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Battery Compartment

What we personally immediately missed here, compared to most pro and semi pro DSLRs, was a large, chunky tactile shooting mode wheel or dial to the left of the viewfinder, even if these features can be rapidly - and as it turns out, conveniently - accessed via a thumb press of the small ‘Q' (Quick Menu) button on the camera back, then a subsequent tap of the mode you wish to select via the camera's touch screen LCD.

The lack of a familiar shooting mode dial was of course equally true of the previous generations of course of the EOS-1D X, but to somebody used to handling a wide variety of DSLRs, its omission initially feels a little odd until you get used to the camera's operability.

As, like those self same forebears, this is supposed to be - and from initial impression actually is - a robust workhorse of a camera, the LCD screen is of the fixed, non-tilting variety.

Some will of course bemoan that fact; an angle adjustable LCD is useful if you're going to be shooting video in the main, as it's tricky to be 100% certain you've got focus spot on when using the existing screen outdoors; inevitably glare and natural reflections sometimes get in the way.

Yet, given that this is the sort of professional tool that will be used in spaces where it could get knocked and elbowed by competing photographers, a fixed screen is undoubtedly a wise decision and a necessary practicality - even if it makes video shooting without some sort of external monitor trickier than could be.

We did however appreciate the fact that key shooting settings can be implemented and accessed with a finger tap on-the-fly. As we found when attempting to photograph wildlife, you don't want to drop your guard and be hunched, head down over a menu screen scrolling through endless options to find what you want if you're being stared down by a stag with huge antlers.

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Front of the Canon EOS-1D X Mark III

Though like any pro DSLR there are plentiful buttons and controls, ultimately the Mark III is only as ‘complicated' as you yourself want to make it.

Once you've set the basics of image quality, file format/s and whether you want to shoot in single shot or continuous mode - away you go - though the positioning of the power lever bottom right of the camera back, where it falls under thumb rather than encircling the shutter release button - of which there are two, dependent on whether you want to shoot in landscape or portrait fashion - initially throws something of a curveball.

Given the overall bulk of the camera we did appreciate the fact that the main LCD screen at the back has a second smaller and narrower window immediately beneath it, on which the file format/s you're shooting in are displayed. It acts as a double check when working fast, rather than having to delve into menu screens proper. Simply put, there is a lot of information placed at our fingertips here.

Conveniently placed above this narrow window, for example, are a further row of four buttons, clearly marked for accessing layback, enlarging an image so focus can be checked, deleting images or locking them.

Menu and info buttons meanwhile are placed immediately left of the optical viewfinder window where they can be accessed via the thumb of the left hand when gripping the camera - so the user doesn't have to take their away from the viewfinder for long, and possibly miss the subject matter.

Operationally we flitted between using the joystick-like multi controllers and main and quick control dials for either tabbing gingerly or racing through prospective settings, respectively. If turning the camera on its side to shoot portrait fashion, we also handily get a third dial on the vertical grip.

We're practically falling over buttons and dials on this camera - but with the convenience of alternatively tapping the LCD for key settings when it makes sense to do so. The overall effect is that operation is sped up, which is exactly what we'd want from a DSLR of this ilk.

So what about image quality? Do pictures like up to what we'd hope an expect from a near £7K camera body, before we've even considered what glass we're putting on the front of it?

Image Quality

All of the sample images in this review were taken using the 20 megapixel Fine JPEG setting, which gives an average image size of around 10Mb, although the file sizes do vary.

While a resolution of 20 effective megapixels may seem relatively modest by today's 40+ MP flagship DSLR standards, it's the size of the sensor - here full frame - and the quality of the lenses you twin with it that really allow the Canon EOS-1D X Mark III to shine.

The accent here is on crisp and detail rich picture quality, even at higher ISO settings, rather than playing the pixel battle. This is a camera, as we found, that can pretty much see in the dark, even if results towards the very upper reach of the expandable ISO settings can resemble a child's crayon drawing, as viewed through a sandstorm.

Shooting on auto ISO and dialing in ‘standard' and on occasion ‘landscape' picture settings to give a couple of examples, we found images straight out of the camera remained naturalistic in terms of colour fidelity, though on occasion JPEGs benefited from slight adjustments to saturation and contrast to give them a bit of on-screen punch.

Still, within a few seconds of image editing it's possible to have them looking their best - with detail really to the fore.

Shooting with the two zoom lenses we were provided with - the commendably comprehensive 24-70mm and 70-200mm - we were able to achieve some smooth ‘bokeh' blurred background effects, which really enhanced the impact of our photographic quarry.

A full frame camera unencumbered with a modest resolution equates to the fact that, unless the money this costs is the major stumbling block, then you can't really go wrong.


The Canon EOS-1D X Mark III's native sensitivity range covers ISO 100 to ISO 102400, with the option to record in RAW and JPEG separately and simultaneously, and extend the range down to ISO 50 and up to ISO 819200.

Here are some 100% crops which show the levels of noise for each ISO setting.


ISO 50 (100% Crop)

ISO 50 (100% Crop)

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ISO 100 (100% Crop)

ISO 100 (100% Crop)

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ISO 200 (100% Crop)

ISO 200 (100% Crop)

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ISO 400 (100% Crop)

ISO 400 (100% Crop)

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ISO 800 (100% Crop)

ISO 800 (100% Crop)

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ISO 1600 (100% Crop)

ISO 1600 (100% Crop)

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ISO 3200 (100% Crop)

ISO 3200 (100% Crop)

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ISO 6400 (100% Crop)

ISO 6400 (100% Crop)

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ISO 12800 (100% Crop)

ISO 12800 (100% Crop)

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ISO 25600 (100% Crop)

ISO 25600 (100% Crop)

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ISO 51200 (100% Crop)

ISO 51200 (100% Crop)

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ISO 102400 (100% Crop)

ISO 102400 (100% Crop)

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ISO 204800 (100% Crop)

ISO 204800 (100% Crop)

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ISO 409600 (100% Crop)

ISO 409600 (100% Crop)

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ISO 819200 (100% Crop)

ISO 819200 (100% Crop)

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The Canon EOS-1D X Mark III has a shutter speed range of 30 - 1/8000 sec. and a Bulb setting for even longer exposures.


Sample Images

This is a selection of sample images from the Canon EOS-1D X Mark III camera, which were all taken using the 20 megapixel Large JPEG setting. The thumbnails below link to the full-sized versions, which have not been altered in any way.

Sample RAW Images

The Canon EOS-1D X Mark III enables users to capture RAW and JPEG format files. We've provided some Canon RAW (CR3) samples for you to download (thumbnail images shown below are not 100% representative).

Sample Movies & Video

This is a sample movie at the quality setting of 4096x2160 pixels at 50 frames per second. Please note that this 45 second movie is 1.22Gb in size.

This is a sample movie at the quality setting of 4096x2160 pixels at 50 frames per second. Please note that this 25 second movie is 689Mb in size.

This is a sample movie at the quality setting of 4096x2160 pixels at 50 frames per second. Please note that this 31 second movie is 858Mb in size.

This is a sample movie at the quality setting of 1920x1080 pixels at 50 frames per second. Please note that this 37 second movie is 270Mb in size.

This is a sample movie at the quality setting of 1920x1080 pixels at 25 frames per second. Please note that this 133 second movie is 1.38Gb in size.

Product Images

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So has Canon pulled it off again with the new EOS-1D X Mark III?

As an all-guns blazing full frame DSLR - stick it on high speed continuous shooting and it literally sounds like a machine gun - this one might require a bank raid for you to be able to afford it, unless you're an accomplished and established pro photographer specialising in sports or wildlife.

Put simply, ultimately the 20 megapixel EOS-1D X Mark III isn't for everyone - and you'll have to have a long stare at yourself in the mirror before deciding whether you need it or not.

Do you need burst speeds of up to 20fps, or, if it's detail that is more your priority, is a full frame DSLR ‘enough'?

There will be those who are put off by the bulk as well as the price; and for them maybe a mirrorless camera is a better option than a traditionally built DSLR.

But for those for whom the Canon EOS-1DX Mark III fits like a glove, it is, as expected, a supremely capable tool that should last you years of usage.

And, unless you are being asked for billboard sized prints from your files, should deliver the goods for an almost unlimited amount of subjects.

4 stars

Ratings (out of 5)
Design 4
Features 5
Ease-of-use 4
Image quality 4
Value for money 3.5

Main Rivals

Listed below are some of the rivals of the Canon EOS-1D X Mark III.

Canon EOS 1D X Mark II

The Canon EOS 1D X Mark II is a brand new flagship DSLR camera for professionals. Aimed at sports, press and nature photographers, the 20 megapixel 1DX Mark II builds on the success of the previous 1D X camera with a wealth of improvements, including 4K video recording, a new 20.2 megapixel sensor, 16fps continuous shooting and an expanded ISO range. Can the Canon EOS 1D X Mark II justify its £5,199.99 / $5,999.95 price-tag? Find out by reading our in-depth Canon EOS 1D X Mark II review...

Canon EOS 5D Mark III

The long-awaited Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR has finally arrived, boasting improvements to virtually every aspect of its popular predecessor, the breakthrough 5D Mark II. It's cost has also increased significantly, so does the new 5D Mark III offer enough to justify the £2999 / $3499 asking price? Read our detailed Canon EOS 5D Mark III review to find out.

Canon EOS R5

The EOS R5 has been the hottest full-frame camera on the block ever since Canon pre-announced it back at the start of 2020, thanks to its headline grabbing twin features of a 45 megapixel sensor and 8K video recording. We've seen it a few times since then, but now we can finally bring you our final Canon R5 review, complete with full-size sample photos and videos!

Fujifilm GFX 50R

The Fujifilm GFX 50R is a rangefinder-style medium-format mirrorless camera with a 50 megapixel sensor, 3.2-inch tilting touchscreen LCD, electronic viewfinder, ISO range of 50-102400, dual memory card slots and 3fps continuous shooting. Oh, and it only costs £3999 / $4499, making it the cheapest medium format camera on the market. Read our detailed Fujifilm GFX 50R review now...

Nikon D6

The Nikon D6 is the 2020 update of Nikon's flagship DSLR camera for professional sports, press and nature photographers. Is this the best DSLR that Nikon have ever made? Find out by reading our in-depth Nikon D6 review, complete with full-size sample photos and videos.

Nikon D850

The Nikon D850 is a brand new 45.7 megapixel full-frame BSI sensor DSLR camera with no optical low pass filter. The D850 also offers 4K video recording, a 3.2-inch tilting LCD touchscreen, 153-point AF system, an optical viewfinder with 0.75x magnification, 7fps burst shooting and 1,840 shot battery life. Read our in-depth Nikon D850 review to find out if this is the best all-round DSLR camera on the market...

Sony A9 II

If you're a professional sports photographer or photojournalist, there have traditionally only been two camera series worth considering, with the latest examples being the Canon EOS 1D X II and the Nikon D5. Two years ago Sony released the Alpha A9, which was specifically designed to take on those two cameras, and now they're back, just in time for the Olympics, with the improved A9 II. Read our review to find out exactly what the new Sony Alpha A9 Mark II offers...

Sony A9

The Sony A9 is a lightning-fast full-frame compact system camera that is clearly taking aim at the Nikon and Canon DSLR competition. Is this the best professional action camera on the market? Read our Sony A9 review to find out...

Review Roundup

Reviews of the Canon EOS-1D X Mark III from around the web. »

The EOS-1D X Mark III is the latest high-end, ultra-tough, hyper-fast DSLR from Canon. From the outside, it looks about the same as previous EOS-1D bodies dating back two decades. But on the inside, there are radical updates. And even though this is a big, double-grip DSLR, it functions as a highly capable mirrorless camera in Live View mode provided you've got the muscle to hold it out in front of you for extended periods of time.
Read the full review » »

With the Canon EOS1-D X Mark III, the typically cautious company has released a camera packed with bleeding-edge tech, including deep learning AF, an optical Smart Controller, HEIF and HDR PQ support, CFexpress, 12-bit internal 4K RAW, head tracking and so much more. Canon has combined the advantages of DSLR and mirrorless to produce a hybrid body that can shoot according to what the situation demands. While it lacks the luxuries of mirrorless, this camera does so much that no other system can – it's a genuine glimpse into the future.
Read the full review » »

The 2020 Summer Olympics are being held in Tokyo and Canon is a gold sponsor for this major world event. Since 1989, Canon EOS-1 cameras have been the first choice for professionals photographing this and other events of similar media importance. The Canon EOS-1D X Mark II replaced the 4-year-old Canon EOS-1D X just prior to the 2016 Summer Olympics and the Mark II reaches 4 years of age prior to the 2020 event. All this adds up to little surprise that a new ultimate, best-ever Canon EOS-1 camera would be announced at this time.
Read the full review »


Image Sensor


36 x 24 mm CMOS

Effective Pixels

Approx. 20.1 M

Total Pixels

Approx. 21.4 M

Aspect Ratio


Low-Pass Filter

Built-in/Fixed with Self Cleaning Sensor Unit

Colour Filter Type

Primary Colour

Image Processor




Lens Mount

EF (excludes EF-S/EF-M lenses)

Focal length

1.x Multiplication with EF lens fitted



TTL secondary image-forming phase-difference detection using AF-dedicated sensor

AF System / Points

191 Point/155 f/4 cross-type AF points inc 1 dual cross type at f/2.8 1
The number of cross-type AF points will differ depending on the lens.

AF working range

EV -4 to 21 (at 20°C & ISO 100)

AF Modes

One Shot
AI Focus

AF Point Selection

Automatic selection: 191 point AF (inc face tracking and Eye AF)
Manual selection: Single point AF (selectable points all points, 61, 15, 9 or cross type only points selectable)
Manual selection: Spot AF
Manual selection: AF point Expansion 4 points (up, down, left, right)
Manual selection: AF point Expansion surrounding 8 points
Manual selection: Zone AF
Manual selection: Large Zone AF
AF points can be selected separately for vertical and horizontal shooting

Selected AF point display

Superimposed in viewfinder and indicated on LCD panel

AF Lock

Locked when shutter button is pressed half way or AF ON is pressed in One Shot AF mode.

AF Assist Beam

Emitted by an optional dedicated Speedlite

Manual Focus

Selected on lens

AF Microadjustment

Manual: Enter adjustment level +/- 20 steps
Adjust all lenses by same amount
Adjust up to 20 lenses individually
Adjust per lens serial number

Exposure Control

Metering modes

400,000-pixel RGB+IR metering sensor, 384-zone metering
(1) Evaluative metering (linked to All AF point)
(2) Partial metering (approx. 6.2% of viewfinder at centre)
(3) Spot metering: Center spot metering (approx. 1.5% viewfinder at centre)
AF point-linked spot metering
Multi-spot metering
(4) Centre weighted average metering

Metering Range

EV 0-20 (at 23°C with 50 mm f1.4 lens ISO 100) EV -3-20 in Live and movie

AE Lock

Auto: Operates in 1-shot AF mode with evaluative metering when focus is achieved
Manual: By AE lock button in all exposure modes

Exposure Compensation

+/-5 EV in 1/3 or 1/2 stop increments (can be combined with AEB).


2, 3, 5 or 7 Shots +/-3 EV 1/3 or 1/2 stop increments

Anti-flicker shooting

Yes. Flicker detected at a frequency of 100 Hz or 120 Hz. Maximum continuous shooting speed may decrease

ISO Speed Equivalent

Stills: 100-102400 (in 1/3-stop increments) ISO can be expanded to L: 50 or H1: 204800, H2: 409600, H3: 819200 (selected in Custom Function)



Vertical-travel mechanical focal-plane shutter, electronically controlled at all speeds/Sensor Electronic shutter


30 - 1/8000 sec. (1/3 stop increments), Bulb

Shutter Release

Soft touch electromagnetic release

White Balance


Auto white balance with the imaging sensor


Auto (Ambience priority/White Priority), Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten light, White Fluorescent light, Flash, Custom, Colour Temperature Setting
White balance compensation:
1. Blue/Amber +/-9
2. Magenta/Green +/-9.

WB Bracketing

+/-3 levels in single level increments
3, 2, 5 or 7 bracketed images per shutter release
Selectable Blue/Amber bias or Magenta/Green bias.




Coverage (Vertical/Horizontal)

Approx. 100%


0.76x 2


20 mm

Dioptre Correction

-3 to +1 dpt

Focusing Screen



Quick-return all surface half mirror

Viewfinder Information

AF information: Single/Spot AF points, AF Frame, AF status, Focus indicator, AF mode, AF point selection, AF point registration
Exposure information: Shutter speed, aperture value, ISO speed (always displayed), AE lock, exposure level/compensation, flash metering, spot metering circle, exposure warning, AEB, metering mode, shooting mode, time
Flash information: Flash ready, high-speed sync, FE lock, flash exposure compensation, red-eye reduction light.
Image information: Card information, maximum burst (2 digit display), Highlight tone priority (D+).
Composition information: Crop area, Aspect ratio, Grid, Electronic level
Other information: Battery check, Warning symbol, Flicker Detection, drive mode, white balance, JPEG/RAW indicator

Depth of field preview


Eyepiece shutter

Built in

LCD Monitor


3.2" (8.01 cm) TFT, approx. 2.1 million dots


Approx. 100%

Viewing Angle (horizontally/vertically)

Approx. 170°


Anti-reflection and Solid Structure


Auto: Using external ambient light sensor
Manual: Adjustable to one of seven levels
4 color tone Adjustable settings

Display Options

(1) Quick control Screen
(2) Camera settings
(3) Dual Axis Electronic Level
(4) Custom Quick control screen



E-TTL II Auto Flash, Metered Manual


1/250 sec

Flash Exposure Compensation

+/-3 EV in 1/3-stop increments with EX series Speedlites

Flash Exposure Bracketing

Yes, with compatible External Flash

Flash Exposure Lock


HotShoe / PC terminal


Second Curtain Synchronisation


External Flash Compatibility

E-TTL II with EX series Speedlites, wireless multi-flash support

External Flash Control

via camera menu screen



Program AE, Shutter priority AE, Aperture priority AE, Manual, 3x Custom settings

Picture Styles

Auto, Standard, Portrait, Landscape, Neutral, Faithful, Monochrome, Fine Detail, User Defined (x3)

Colour Space

sRGB and Adobe RGB

Image Processing

Clarity (8 levels)
Highlight Tone Priority (2 settings)
Auto Lighting Optimizer (4 settings)
Long exposure noise reduction
High ISO speed noise reduction (4 settings)
Lens optical correction:
- Peripheral illumination correction (stills and video)
- Chromatic aberration correction (stills and video)
- Distortion correction (during or after still photo shooting)
- Diffraction correction (stills and video)
- Digital Lens Optimizer (during or after still photo shooting)
Resize to M1, M2 or S 3
RAW image processing - during image Playback only
Crop images/rotate (3:2, 16:9, 4:3, 1:1, 2:3, 9:16, 3:4 ratios)
Multiple exposure

Drive modes

Single, Continuous L, Continuous H, Self timer (2s+remote, 10s+remote), S single soft shooting, continuous soft shooting

Continuous Shooting

Max. Approx. 16ps.
Max. 20 fps in Live View mode with mirror locked up with exposure and AF tracking
(speed maintained for unlimited number of JPEGs or over 1000 RAW images) 4

Live View Mode


Electronic viewfinder with image sensor


Approx. 100% (horizontally and vertically)

Frame Rate

For Stills 29.97 fps/for Movies 59.94 fps/29.97 fps (NTSC) 50.00 fps/25.00 fps (PAL)


Manual Focus (Magnify the image 5x or 10x at any point on screen)
Autofocus: Dual Pixel CMOS AF (Face+Tracking
Spot AF
1-point AF
Expand AF area:
Expand AF area: Around
Zone AF
Large Zone AF: Vertical
Large Zone AF: Horizontal)


Real-time evaluative metering with image sensor (384-zone)
Partial metering (approx. 5.8% of Live View screen)
Spot metering (approx. 2.9% of Live View screen)
Center-weighted average metering
Active metering time can be changed

Display Options

Grid overlay (x3), Basic shooting information, Detailed shooting information, Histogram, Electronic Level

File Type

Still Image Type

JPEG: 10 compression options
HEIF: 10 compression options (10bit 422 BT2100)
Complies with Exif 2.31 and Design rule for Camera File system 2.0
Complies with Digital Print Order Format [DPOF] Version 1.1

RAW+JPEG simultaneous recording

Yes, any combination of RAW + JPEG/HEIF possible, separate formats to separate cards possible

Image Size

JPEG/HEIF: (L) 5472x3648, (M1) 4368x2912, (M2) 3648x2432, (S) 2736x1824
HEIF: 5472x3648
RAW: (RAW/C-RAW) 5472x3648


New folders can be manually created and selected

File Numbering

(1) Consecutive numbering
(2) Auto reset
(3) Manual reset

EOS Movie

Movie Type

RAW: CRM 12bit Audio: Linear PCM
MP 4 Video: 4K (8bit MPEG4 AVC/H.264, 10bit MPEG4/HEVC with Canon log), Full HD - MPEG4 AVC/H.264, Audio: Linear PCM
MP4 Video: Full HD IPB light - MPEG4 AVC/H.264, Audio: AAC

Movie Size

4K RAW (5496x2904) - (23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 50, 59.94 fps)
4K DCI (17:9) - 4096x2160 (23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 50, 59.94 fps) intra or inter frame
4K UHD (16:9) - 3840x2160 (23.98, 25, 29.97, 50, 59.94 fps) intra or inter frame
4K DCI cropped (17:9) - 4096x2160 (23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 50, 59.94 fps) intra or inter frame
Full HD (16:9) - 1920x1080 (23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 50, 59.94 fps) intra or inter frame plus IPB light

Simultaneous recording

Yes: RAW to card in slot 1 Proxy (MP4) to card in slot 2

Colour Sampling (Internal recording)

4K - YCbCr4:2:2 (8-bit)
Full HD/HD - YCbCr4:2:0 (8-bit)

Canon Log

Yes Log 1

Movie Length

4K and Full HD - Max duration 29 min 59 sec. (excluding High Frame Rate movies). No 4GB file limit with exFAT CF card.

High Frame Rate Movie

MOV Video: Full HD - 1920x1080 at 100 fps or 119.9 fps
Recorded as 1/4-speed slow motion movie
Single scene maximum recording up to 7 min 29 sec.

4K Frame Grab

8.3-megapixel JPEG still image frame grab from 4K movie possible

Bitrate / Mbps

5.5K RAW: (50/59.94p) Approx. 2600 Mbps (30/25/24/23.98p) Approx. 1800 Mbps
Canon Log off (H264 MP4)
4K DCI (50/59.94p): ALL-I Approx. 940 Mbps, IPB Approx. 230 Mbps
4K DCI (29.97p/25.00p/24.00p/23.98p): ALL-I Approx. 470 Mbps, IPB Approx. 120 Mbps
4K DCI cropped (50/59.94p): ALL-I Approx. 940 Mbps, IPB Approx. 230 Mbps
4K DCI cropped (29.97p/25p/24.00p/23.98p): ALL-I Approx. 470 Mbps, IPB Approx. 120 Mbps
4K UHD (50/59.94p): ALL-I Approx. 940 Mbps, IPB Approx. 230 Mbps
4K UHD (29.97p/25p): ALL-I Approx. 470 Mbps, IPB Approx. 120 Mbps
Full HD (119.90p/100p): ALL-I: Approx. 360 Mbps
Full HD (59.94p/50.00p): ALL-I: Approx. 180 Mbps
Full HD (59.94p/50.00p): IPB Approx. 60 Mbps
Full HD (29.97p/25p): ALL-I: Approx. 90 Mbps
Full HD (29.97p/25p): IPB: Approx. 30 Mbps
Full HD (29.97p/25p): IPB light: Approx. 12 Mbps

Canon Log on (H265 MP4)
4K DCI (50/59.94p): ALL-I Approx. 1000 Mbps, IPB Approx. 340 Mbps
4K DCI (29.97p/25.00p/24.00p/23.98p): ALL-I Approx. 470 Mbps, IPB Approx. 170 Mbps
4K DCI cropped (50/59.94p): ALL-I Approx. 1000 Mbps, IPB Approx. 340 Mbps
4K DCI cropped (29.97p/25p/24.00p/23.98p): ALL-I Approx. 470 Mbps, IPB Approx. 170 Mbps
4K UHD (50/59.94p): ALL-I Approx. 1000 Mbps, IPB Approx. 340 Mbps
4K UHD (29.97p/25p): ALL-I Approx. 470 Mbps, IPB Approx. 170 Mbps
Full HD (119.90p/100p): ALL-I: Approx. 470 Mbps
Full HD (59.94p/50.00p): ALL-I: Approx. 170 Mbps
Full HD (59.94p/50.00p): IPB Approx. 90 Mbps
Full HD (29.97p/25p): ALL-I: Approx. 135 Mbps
Full HD (29.97p/25p): IPB: Approx. 45 Mbps
Full HD (29.97p/25p): IPB light: Approx. 18 Mbps


Built-in stereo microphones (48 kHz, 16-bit x 2 channels)

HDMI Display

External Monitor only, External Monitor only without information display or Simultaneous on camera and external monitor

HDMI Output

4K and Full HD recording, uncompressed YCbCr 4:2:0, 8-bit BT709, or YCbCr 4:2:2, 10-bit BT2020 with Canon Log sound output via HDMI is also possible


Dual Pixel CMOS AF with Face Detection and Tracking AF, Movie Servo AF Manual Focus


100-25600 (in 1/3-stop increments) ISO can be expanded to or H1: 51200, H2: 102400, H3: 204800 (selected in Custom Function)

Movie Digital IS

Yes, image area when enabled: reduced by 10%

Other Features


Built in - Longitude, Latitude, Elevation, Coordinated Universal Time
• GPS satellites (USA)
• GLONASS satellites (Russia)
• Quasi-Zenith Satellite Michibiki (Japan)

Custom Functions

38 Custom Functions

Metadata Tag

Author, copyright, Image rating (0-5 stars) GPS, Rating, IPTC (registered with EOS Utility/browser remote)

LCD Panel (EL) / Button Illumination


Water / Dust resistance


Voice Memo


Intelligent Orientation Sensor



Brightness: Yes
RGB: Yes

Playback zoom

1.5x - 10x

Display Formats

(1) Single image with information (2 levels)
(2) Single image
(3) 4 image index
(4) 9 image index
(5) 36 image index
(6) 100 image index
(7) Jump Display
(8) Movie edit
(9) Raw processing
(10) Rating

Image Erase Protection

Erase protection of one image at a time, folder or card

Image Erase

Single image, selected, folder, card or all unprotected

Self Timer

2 or 10 sec.

Menu Categories

(1) Shooting Menu 1 - 4 (separate photo/video)
(2) AF menu 1 - 5
(3) Network 1
(4) Playback menu 1 - 3
(5) Setup menu 1- 5
(6) Custom functions 1- 9
(7) My Menu (1-5 user selectable)

Menu Languages

English, German, French, Dutch, Danish, Portuguese, Finnish, Italian, Norwegian, Swedish, Spanish, Greek, Russian, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Romanian, Ukraine, Turkish, Arabic, Thai, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Korean, Indonesian, Malaya and Japanese.

Firmware Update

Update possible by the user. (Camera, Lens, WFT, External Speedlite)

Body Materials

Magnesium Alloy



USB 3.1 Gen 2 (PTP)


Wireless LAN (IEEE802.11b/g/n) (2.4 GHz only), with Bluetooth support5 Features supported - EOS Utility, Smartphone, Upload to Web


HDMI (mini), External microphone (Stereo mini jack) Headphone Jack, RJ-45, N3 remote release terminal, Flash PC connector

Memory Card


CFexpress 1.0 Type B

Supported Operating System


Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 (tablet mode not supported)


Mac OS 10.14 (Mojave)
Mac OS 10.13 (High Sierra)
Mac OS 10.12 (Sierra)
OS X 10.11 (El Capitan)



EOS Utility 3, Picture Style Editor, WFT utility, Camera connect app (iOS/Android)

Image Manipulation

Digital Photo Professional 4, Digital Photo Professional Express for iPad (RAW Image Processing),

Power Source


Rechargeable Li-ion Battery LP-E19, LP-E4N
(LP-E19 battery supplied)

Battery life

Viewfinder shooting Approx. 2850 (at 20°C) 6
Viewfinder shooting Approx. 2360 (at 0°C) 7
Live View shooting Approx. 610 (at 20°C) 8
Live View shooting Approx. 530 (at 0°C) 9
4K movie recording Approx. 2 hr 20 mins (at 20°C) (movie Servo AF disabled)

Battery check

Automatic displayed in 6 levels

Power saving

Power turns off after 1, 2, 4, 8, 15 or 30 mins.

AC Power Supply

Power adapter AC-E19/DR-E19



All EF lenses (excludes EF-S lenses)


Canon Speedlites (90EX, 220EX, 270EX, 270EX II, 320EX, 380EX, 420EX, 430EX, 430EX II, 430EX III, 470EX AI, 550EX, 580EX, 580EX II, 600EX-RT, 600EX, 600EX-II RT, EL 100, Macro-Ring-Lite MR-14EX, Macro-Ring-Lite, MR-14EX II, Macro Twin Lite MT-24EX, Speedlite Transmitter ST-E2, Speedlite Transmitter ST-E3-RT)

Remote Controller / Switch

Remote control with N3 type contact and Speedlite 600EX-II RT

Power Supply & Battery Chargers

Battery Pack LP-E19, Battery charger LC-E19, Power Adapter AC-E19/DR-E19


Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E9, Eyecup Eg, Eg-series Dioptric Adjustment Lens with Rubber Frame Eg, Anti Fog Eyepiece Eg, Angle Finder C, Hand Strap E1/E2


Pricing, specifications and a full list of features for the flagship Canon EOS-1D X Mark III DSLR camera have now been revealed.

The Canon 1D X Mark III will go on sale in February 2020 priced at £6,499.99 / €7,599.99 / $6,499.

Canon UK Press Release

Introducing the new action hero: Master speed with Canon’s much-anticipated EOS-1D X Mark III

United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, 07 January 2020 – Canon today launches the ultimate sports and wildlife camera, the EOS-1D X Mark III, offering professional photographers limitless possibilities, at blistering speeds. Boasting dramatically improved AF tracking performance, image quality and communication capabilities, the camera represents the pinnacle of Canon’s EOS-1 series. Canon’s new flagship camera features incredible industry-leading shooting speeds of up to 20fps with AF tracking, along with improved high ISO performance the camera achieves ‘the shot’, every time. The EOS-1D X Mark III’s AF sensor sports 28 times the centre resolution of its predecessor to address professional photographers’ need for greater accuracy and focusing on subjects in a wider range of scenarios. What’s more, the camera offers impressive 5.5K 12-bit RAW video internal recording – the first non-cinema Canon EOS series camera to have such feature – allowing professionals to capture top-quality video as well as stills.

The EOS-1D X Mark III has been developed using feedback from the worldwide community of EOS-1D X and EOS-1D X Mark II photographers, including prestigious Canon Ambassadors. Canon’s rich heritage in optical excellence shines through in professionals’ feedback during testing, praising the EOS-1D X Mark III’s step-change in autofocus, dramatically improved image and video quality and speedy communication abilities – all features which allow professionals to achieve breath-taking images and deliver them to clients – faster than ever before.

Eddie Keogh, professional sports photographer and Canon Ambassador said: “Working from the side lines at top sporting events worldwide, Canon’s DLSRs continue to dominate professional photography. Throughout the years EOS-1 series cameras have been unrivalled in their reliability and capability, which is why I’ve been using them since 2002 with the EOS-1D. In my line of work speed is everything, so I’m delighted to be using the EOS-1D X Mark III which features noticeably improved fps, outstanding autofocus and quicker communication abilities – because, in the competitive industry of sports photography, a matter of milliseconds could mean the difference between a picture that makes it to the back pages of national newspapers or doesn’t.”

Unrivalled autofocus to achieve ‘the shot’

Based around the Canon EF mount, with more AF lenses available than any other system, the EOS-1D X Mark III features a new AF system and sensor. This Canon-developed technology enables enhanced stability and tracking giving professionals a new level of flexibility and accuracy when photographing subjects in various conditions.

In the ever-competitive professional photography industry there is no room for images of blurry subjects. With a new AF sensor, the camera provides 28 times the centre resolution of its predecessor and three times the number of AF points[i], delivering unrivalled precision and giving photographers even greater image choice of pin-sharp shots. Partnered with a dedicated DIGIC 8 processor, focusing on subjects in a wider range of lighting is made possible – conditions which would see lesser-quality AF systems fail to capture ‘the shot’ in focus. In addition to focusing accuracy in low light, the camera is ideal for photographing low contrast, patterns, fine detail and diagonal lines – all of which were previously difficult to capture.

Programmed via deep learning, the camera’s AF system can identify human subjects in a range of sporting situations, bringing them into focus – at high speeds – with newly-developed advanced subject tracking system. With this deep learning capability, the camera will lock on to a subject’s head or face – the primary place of focus for the human eye when looking at images – even in situations when the subject’s eyes are covered by the likes of helmets and goggles. A new Auto AF case setting has also been incorporated in the camera to tune the AF settings to match the subject – making setting up the AF system easier than ever before – ideal for professionals photographing subjects which occasionally maybe blocked.

Limitless creative opportunities

Thanks to its new Canon developed DIGIC X processor, 20.1 Megapixel sensor, mirror system and shutter, the EOS-1D X Mark III gives a competitive edge – achieving industry leading speeds of 16fps.

Essential for world-class sporting events and animals in the wild, the optical viewfinder provides photographers better connection to the subject, with clear and bright lag-free viewing. In Live View mode the camera can shoot at 20fps with mechanical or electronic shutter with full AF, further extending creative opportunities.

To achieve such fast frame rates impossible in any other manufacturers’ camera, Canon’s innovative technology reinvents the SLR mirror system. With Canon’s mechanical engineering superiority at the heart, the camera features almost zero mirror bounce – meaning the its mirrors return to their positions as quickly and as precisely as possible – directing light to the camera’s AF sensor to take a reading faster than ever before.

Next generation imaging standards

The EOS-1D X Mark III is Canon’s first camera to feature its next generation imaging sensor, supporting faster readout and lower noise – addressing professionals’ request for a low-noise, high-performing DSLR. The camera’s 20.1 Megapixel Full Frame CMOS sensor also offers Canon’s widest ISO range yet. With the extended settings from ISO 50 to ISO 819,200 – the EOS-1D X Mark III further provides professionals with the flexibility to photograph in various conditions.

Thanks to the increased noise handling abilities of its sensor, professionals can alter the exposure of images in post-processing without noise affecting the dark areas of the images – providing even more usable dynamic range than previous models. The EOS-1D X Mark III is the first camera to the market to use a revolutionary new High Detail Low-Pass Filter, which samples the light point over a greater number of points to achieve sharper and higher resolution images while preventing moiré. It is also the first EOS model to support the HEIF (High Efficiency Image File Format). This next generation format, based on the HEVC codec, enables images with 10-bits of data to be saved in a file the equivalent size as a JPEG while suffering less compression artefacts. The camera also uses the next generation of memory cards CFexpress providing write speeds over three times that of that previous fastest CFast cards and making shooting bursts of over 1000 raw images possible.

Meeting the demand for high-quality video

Thanks to its new sensor and processor, the EOS-1D X Mark III is now also Canon’s most advanced video product with interchangeable lenses outside of the Cinema EOS series – offering 4K Full Frame and supporting 12-bit RAW internal recording. It is the first non-cinema Canon camera to feature RAW recording, providing an expansive range of colours and tones which can be extracted in post-production for superior image quality. In addition to this, using the camera, video can also be recorded as 12-bit CRM file at 5.5K (5472x2886), allowing very detailed oversampled 4K footage – meeting the demand for high-quality video.

The camera can also record using Canon Log Gamma, captured as a 10-bit HEVC/H.265 file, giving professionals multiple editing and unlimited creative possibilities. Addressing the need for speed, the EOS-1D X Mark III supports file recording in a MP4 container, for fast transmission of files. What’s more, it is also the first EOS-1 series camera to support Move Digital IS – providing 5-axis stabilisation to cope with a wide range of movements – a feature seen in high-end Canon cinema cameras like the EOS C500 Mark II.

Using the EOS-1D X Mark III, Dual Pixel CMOS AF is supported in 4K and RAW mode[ii], when coupled with Movie Digital IS, professionals can have confidence their movie image footage will have pin-sharp focus and be steady – whatever the condition or scenario – perfect for impromptu video opportunities.

Content delivery at competitive speeds

Keeping pace with shortening deadlines and addressing professionals’ needs for seamless and speedy content delivery, the EOS-1D X Mark III is the first EOS-1 series camera to feature built in  Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. The Wi-Fi can be used for FTP or connecting via EOS Utility as well as connecting to a smartphone. Its Bluetooth connectivity uses the Bluetooth Low Energy protocol, providing a constant connection to a compatible smart device yet requiring minimal battery power – ideal for long shoot days. By opening Canon Camera Connect, the EOS-1D X Mark III automatically connects to compatible devices[iii], allowing image review, sharing, and remote Live View shooting with a single tap.

With inbuilt GPS, professionals can capture location data to images – particularly useful for travelling sports photographers and exploring wildlife photographers. The camera transfers data faster than the speed of the EOS-1D X Mark II when using the built in ethernet, or the new optional wireless file transmitter – the WFT-E9. Coupled with simpler network set-up, it greatly enhances professionals’ workflow.

An extension of professionals’ creativity

Allowing seamless navigation with trusted ergonomics, existing EOS-1D series users will be comfortable handling the EOS-1D X Mark III. Its magnesium alloy body offers the durability expected from Canon’s EOS-1 cameras – withstanding extreme weather conditions, with phenomenal weather-sealing. The EOS-1D X Mark III also makes shooting in dark or dimly-lit conditions easier, with light up buttons – a feature added directly as a result of professional feedback. A number of buttons on the camera illuminate when the display light button is pressed making identifying the various buttons much easier – offering again, limitless shooting possibilities.

The camera also provides additional control for selecting AF points, built into the AF-ON button, allowing photographers to change AF points on-the-fly for the best composition – further simplifying their work. Professionals can also benefit from dramatically improved battery life – with the same LP-E19 – enabling them to shoot 2850 shots per charge – reducing the chance of missing ‘the shot’ when changing battery.

Pricing and Availability

The EOS-1D X Mark III will be on sale in February 2020, with the following RSPs:

£6,499.99 / €7,599.99

i Features 191 selectable AF points with 155 of these being cross-type points

ii Dual Pixel CMOS AF is not possible at 50/60p, except in crop 4K

iii Compatible Android devices will automatically connect. iOS device users must confirm the network on their smart device, but the camera does not need to be interacted with

Canon USA Press Release

A Masterpiece In Engineering And Design: Canon Announces The EOS-1D X Mark III Camera

MELVILLE, NY, 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 50-819200i
  • 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

“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 areasii. 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 Remoteiii 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 GPSvi 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,

† Based on weekly patent counts issued by United States Patent and Trademark Office.

* Pricing, availability and specifications are subject to change without notice.

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.

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Hands On

Want to see exactly what the new Canon EOS-1D X Mark III DSLR camera looks like in the flesh?

Check out our extensive hands-on gallery of photos of the Canon EOS-1D X Mark III DSLR camera.

2020 marks the 30th anniversary of the EOS 1 series.

The majority of professional photographers at the Rugby World Cup are using Canon DSLR cameras and EF lenses.

Canon have now made a technology announcement about the new EOS-1D X Mark III camera, revealing a number of facts about it.


The EOS-1D X Mark III will utilise a new AF algorithm with deep learning, that's more consistent and reliable than Canon's current AF technologies.

It will have a new AF sensor with 28x more resolution than the one used in the previous Mark II model when using the optical viewfinder, and will focus over a greater EV range that makes it more capable in low-light.

Live View and Movie AF will use exactly the same algorithm as the optical viewfinder.

The EOS-1D X Mark III will use Canon's proven Dual Pixel CMOS AF system with 525 AF points and 90x100% coverage.


The EOS-1D X Mark III will use a new CMOS sensor with better high-ISO performance than the previous model, along with a new processor.

The 10-bit HEIF file format will be supported.

Burst Shooting

The EOS-1D X Mark III will be able to shoot at 16fps when using the optical viewfinder and 20fps when using Live View. These rates are achieved using either the mechanical or electronic shutter, both of which support autofocus and exposure.

Memory Cards

The EOS-1D X Mark III will use the CF Express memory card format via dual card slots to deal with the file sizes and speed of the camera, offering 5x the Raw burst depth of the Mark II model.


The EOS-1D X Mark III will be able to record 4K 60p video with 10-bit Canon Log and internal Raw recording, although it's unclear at this point if it will be able to do all three of those things at the same time.


This is a big feature of the new Mark III 1D X, being of great importance to the Olympics sports photographers who will be using it in Japan next year. 

The EOS-1D X Mark III will have built-in wi-fi, Bluetooth and Ethernet connections, the latter being twice as fast as on the Mark II camera thanks to a new WFT-E9 wireless transmitter.

Build Quality and Controls

The EOS-1D X Mark III will have a magnesium alloy body.

It will feature a brand new AF point selection control and have illuminated buttons.

Battery Life

Despite using exactly the same LP-E19 battery as the Mark II, the new Mark III camera willoffer much better battery life.

A gallery of hands-on photos of the new Canon EOS-1D X Mark III DSLR camera.

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