The long-awaited Canon 1DX Mark III was announced earlier this year, and first-hand impressions are coming in. Sadly, not all of them are positive, considering that some users have been experiencing problems with their camera. According to reports from several users, the OVF in their camera freezes mid-shoot during burst mode.
Hamilton Pytluk reported the issue on DPReview’s forum three weeks ago. Here is how he described it:
“My only gripe so far has been what I believe to be a buffer “issue” when shooting through the OVF, which seemingly puts the camera to sleep after taking a series of shots (as few as 5 in my usage) and de-pressing the shutter (if you keep it half-pressed, it’ll stay “awake”). Everything shuts down — I can’t even open the menu — until the write (red) light stops flickering.”
PrestoPhotographer replied to his post, confirming that he had the same problem without the memory card inside the camera. “I’ve now found a total of four people with the issue,” he adds.
In the video above, you can see what the problem looks like. Hamilton shared it on YouTube, and he got mixed comments from other users. There were humorous ones, saying that the camera just pausing to clean the sensor because of the coronavirus. But as far as serious comments go, some people say this seems very unusual, while one user confirmed that he also had issues with Canon’s latest flagship camera. Although, he reported different kinds of issues.
Anyways, since for now there are only several people reporting the problem, it could be that one batch of cameras have it. On the other hand, guys from DPReview say that they experienced the same issue with a pre-production unit they tested. So, we’ll try to find out more about what’s causing the problem and whether it’s just a bad batch. We’ll keep you posted, and in the meantime, let us know if you’ve had the same problem with your 1DX Mark III.