The Canon EOS 1DX Mark III has been talked about quite a bit since the initial development announcement in October 2019. Canon has been not-so-strangely quiet about the specs, although a few were announced during the development announcement that has since formed the basis of the pre-order listing at various online retailers.
Now, the full specs appear to have been leaked, if this report on Canon Rumors is accurate. It shows a 20.1-megapixel sensor (same as the Mark II) with 5.4K RAW internal video capabilities. The fact that these are leaking now, especially with rumours of a Nikon announcement at CES, we might hear more official word on this one in the next few days, too.
I’ll post a longer list of specs below but these are the biggest highlights, which will no doubt produce some mixed feelings.
- 20.1-megapixel CMOS sensor with Dual Pixel AF, 191 AF points (151 fully cross-type)
- Liveview autofocus works down to -6EV, and PDAF on the optical viewfinder works down to -4EV
- There’s no DPAF when shooting 4K 60p or RAW video
- 5.4K RAW video, but it’s 2.6Gbps output, which is gonna be huge files (and why it needs CFexpress cards)
The lack of Dual Pixel autofocus when shooting 4K 60p or 5.4K RAW video will no doubt be a dealbreaker for some, although the inclusion of 5.4K RAW video at all will just feel superfluous to those who only want to use it for its stills capabilities. And while the 20.1-megapixel sensor doesn’t offer the resolution bump some might have been hoping for, the larger buffer and the faster CFexpress storage will allow you to shoot those stills very quickly.
The Canon EOS-1D X Mark III will be blisteringly fast – offering exceptional precision, reliability, high-performance autofocus, and subject tracking – providing photographers with a tool that will help to capture the shot they are chasing. The camera’s new autofocus algorithm will improve stability and tracking when using both the Optical Viewfinder and in Live View shooting mode, using Deep Learning Technology and adapting to help facilitate accurate focus tracking for every shot. 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. Offering the ability to autofocus in even brighter and darker situations than before and with greater precision, the camera will have a range of autofocus capabilities, which will enable the photographer to get their shot.
One thing that does seem to be very clear from the specs leak is that it will likely not contain IBIS as there’s no mention of stabilisation anywhere.
|Sensor||20.1-megapixel full-frame CMOS|
|Lens Mount||Canon EF|
|Max resolution||5472 × 3648 pixels|
|File format||RAW, JPG|
|Stabilisation||Electronic (Video only)|
|Continuous shooting||Up to 16fps or up to 20fps in live view (with mechanical or electronic shutter)|
|5.5K Video||5.5K (5472 x 2866) at up to 59.94fps|
|4K Video||4K DCI (4096 x 2160) 10-Bit 4:2:2 at up to 59.94fps|
|HD Video||Full HD (1920x1080) at 119.88fps)|
|Focus type||Auto and manual focus|
|AF Points||Phase detect: 191 (151 Cross-Type)|
|LCD||3.2" 2.1m-dot touchscreen LCD
|Internal storage||2x CFexpress|
|Connectivity||Wired Ethernet, WiFi, Bluetooth, HDMI, Type-C USB, 3.5mm stereo headphone and microphone jacks, wired remote trigge, WFT-E9 socket.|
|GPS||Built-in GPS, GLONASS, Quazi-Zenith|
|Battery life||2,850 shots with optical viewfinder / 610 shots using live view / 4 hours 40 mins video.|
|Dimensions||158.0 x 167.6 x 82.6 mm|
|Weight||1,440g (3.17lb) including battery and memory card|
Even the list above is somewhat cut down from the leak to help better organise the more important overview, but for the complete list of the specs and details, check out the post on Canon Rumors.
If this leaked list is accurate, the Canon 1DX Mark III is going to be a very formidable camera amongst sports and wildlife photographers. It will be interesting to see how Nikon responds in the form of the D6, about which there have been very few rumours.
[via Canon Rumors]