Canon Reveals Next Flagship DSLR In The EOS-1D X Mk III
Canon revealed this week that it is developing its next flagship pro-level DSLR, to be called the EOS-1D X Mark III, featuring a new ultra fast CMOS sensor.
Pricing and expected availability date were not disclosed, but company said the camera will be the successor to the EOS-1D X Mark II and will be optimized for shooting sports and wildlife. Canon said it designed the camera with feedback from “the worldwide community of EOS-1D X and EOS-1D X Mark II photographers.”
Among the results are an enhanced autofocus system, with “dramatically improved still and video image quality and communication,” according to a company statement. Canon said a new autofocus algorithm will improve stability and tracking when using both the Optical Viewfinder and in Live View shooting mode.
This will use Deep Learning Technology and adapting to help facilitate accurate focus tracking. When using the optical viewfinder the camera will use a new autofocus sensor, with approximately 28 times the resolution in the center of the EOS-1D X Mark II.
This will bring the ability to autofocus in even brighter and darker situations than before, the company said.
The camera also will have a range of new autofocus capabilities. In Live View mode, users will be able to make use of 525 AF areas using the Dual Pixel CMOS AF system covering approximately 90×100 percent of the image sensor. The camera will support significantly faster frame rates with full AF and AE, using either the optical viewfinder or Live View (mechanical or electronic shutter). Additionally, the camera’s dual CFexpress card slots will enable more than five times the RAW burst depth of its predecessor.
Along with the AF system and advanced CMOS sensor, the camera will include an updated DIGIC image processor and will enable shooting speeds of up to 16 fps with viewfinder and 20 fps shooting during Live View.
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Other key features and improvements include 4K 10-Bit 4:2:2 video capture capability; internal video recording; Canon Log and Raw Video support; Dual-Pixel CMOS AF, 525 selectable AF areas; built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity; GPS; 10-Bit HEIF still support; and Dual CF express memory card slots.
This will deliver greater image quality, at higher ISOs than ever before. Canon said the camera will have the ability to capture stills in 10-bit using the High Efficiency Image File (HEIF) file format.
Canon said the EOS-1D Mark III will transfer data at more than twice the speed of the previous model using using a built-in Ethernet connection, or the new optional wireless file transmitter (WFT-E9), which is also compatible with Canon’s recently launched Cinema EOS C500 Mark II camera.
The body will offer Canon’s distinctive durable magnesium alloy construction, and weather-sealing. Also newly added are select illuminated buttons to assist in dimly lit shooting situations.
The camera will also offer an additional control for selecting AF points, built into the AF-ON button, to change AF points on-the-fly.
Canon said the EOS-1D Mark III will also have dramatically improved battery life – with the same LP-E19 — extending shooting periods between battery changes/re-charges.
By Greg Tarr
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