Strange silver and black Canon 1DX Mark III shows up in leaked photo

Dec 20, 2019

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Strange silver and black Canon 1DX Mark III shows up in leaked photo

Dec 20, 2019

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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Canon’s known for being a little strange at times, but this one seems pretty weird, even for Canon. At least one silver and black 1DX Mark III appears to exist according to a low resolution leaked photo on Canon Rumors. They modified the image to remove the photographer, but it’s an odd-looking camera indeed.

Canon has made silver DSLRs before, but it’s usually their low-end entry-level kit, not their $5K+ flagship models. Other than the photo, there isn’t really a lot of information about it, of course, there isn’t really a lot of information out there about the usual black 1DX Mark III, either.

Whether Canon is planning to release a “silver edition” 1DX Mark III is unknown. Unless they’re celebrating some anniversary or other of a particular high point in Canon’s life, I’m not sure. The company’s 80th anniversary was a couple of years ago, though, so it’s certainly not that. Perhaps it’s a special Olympics Edition? That wouldn’t be a first for Canon. It’s also possible, though, that this is just a one-off preproduction prototype and will never make it to market.

For a reminder, here’s what the normal black 1DX Mark III looks like.

The silver version looks essentially identical to the more traditional black one. It retains the black grip and the only visual difference is the colour of the plastic components of the camera’s outer shell. There aren’t really a lot of solid specs out there yet, but Canon have confirmed some details. Here’s what Canon has said, along with what’s been rumoured so far.

  • It’s likely to have a 20.2-megapixel CMOS sensor
  • It may have IBIS (it may not)
  • Up to 20fps continuous shooting (confirmed by Canon)
  • “Deep learning” autofocus system
  • Capable of shooting 10-Bit HEIF images (confirmed by Canon)
  • 4K 60fps 10-Bit 4:2:2 CLog video (confirmed by Canon)
  • Dual CFexpress card slots (confirmed by Canon)

The Tokyo 2020 Olympics are approaching very rapidly, so it shouldn’t be too long now before we hear an official announcement from Canon with the final specs and price. There’s been no date set for an announcement yet, although we may hear something as soon as CES 2020, which runs from 7-10th of January.

What do you think of the silver 1DX Mark III? Prototype or special edition? Would you buy one over the black?

[via Canon Rumors]

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John Aldred

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John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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12 responses to “Strange silver and black Canon 1DX Mark III shows up in leaked photo”

  1. Catalin Danciu Avatar
    Catalin Danciu

    Df-like?

    1. Peter Foote Avatar
      Peter Foote

      Catalin Danciu The Df was cool though.
      This looks like an old Rebel.

  2. Brian Drourr Avatar
    Brian Drourr

    Duck no. It’s conspicuous enough as it is.

  3. Dominik Samol Avatar
    Dominik Samol

    did they just copied Pentax?

  4. rui bandeira Avatar
    rui bandeira

    it´s probably a prototype that has no paint yet…

  5. Kryn Sporry Avatar
    Kryn Sporry

    It’s an unpainted prototype.

  6. Richard Henderson Avatar
    Richard Henderson

    In Japan on holiday, Silver and Black 5D’s are already on the shelf in Japan, so not surprising that a 1D version is in the mix.

  7. Matthew Nehrling Avatar
    Matthew Nehrling

    So a throwback to the Minolta Dynax?

  8. Robert Hicks Avatar
    Robert Hicks

    Trying to steal Fuji’s market share?

  9. R Christian Anderson Avatar
    R Christian Anderson

    No.

  10. Stephen Stunell Avatar
    Stephen Stunell

    Well if it looks like that the value of my mkii will increase

  11. Yannis Sotiriadis Avatar
    Yannis Sotiriadis

    I though it was a pentax