Canon has officially revealed it’s developing the EOS-1D X Mark III, the latest entry in the professional EOS-1 Series of cameras. Canon says the new model will deliver enhanced image quality, continuous shooting and advanced operations over the Mark II which launched back in 2016.
This year marks the 30th anniversary of the original EOS-1 Series and explains why Canon decided to announce the Mark III now while it’s still in development. Since its birth in 1989, EOS was always designed to meet the most demanding professional’s needs with state-of-the-art technology, top-class functionality and reliability.
The EOS-1D X Mark III prototype is on display at the Canon booth at Photoplus, the largest annual photography event in the US, which is currently underway in New York City. For everyone else, Canon plans on implementing the following features within the Mark III:
A Newly Developed CMOS Sensor and Image Processor
The new tech will allow for higher image quality and faster continuous shooting speeds. In addition, the camera will support internal recording of 4K / 60p / YCbCr 4:2:2 / 10-bit / Canon Log and RAW format video. It will realise up to approx. 16 frames per second and 20 with live view. Photographers can choose to shoot using either the mechanical shutter or the electronic shutter. There will also be a 5x increase in the maximum number of images captured when performing continuous RAW shooting.
Higher Precision Autofocus
A new autofocus (AF) sensor will increase the number of pixels in the central area by 28x over the previous model. An expanded brightness range will also be available for both OVF and live view shooting. In live view, AF will offer an expanded focus area of approx. 100% vertical and 90% horizontal. Plus, up to 525 measurement points can be used.
Enhanced Data Transfers
The still in development wireless transmitter is said to double the current model’s transfer speeds and will serve as the connection to smartphones and other mobile devices via WiFi and Bluetooth, recording GPS data from the location of image capture. There will also be an improved user interface for selecting network connections.
A Tough Build for the Frontlines
Photographers can expect a robust magnesium alloy body for a high level of reliability. Rear side buttons are back-lit to enable menu operation in the dark. Memory card formatting has been changed to CFexpress for faster data writing, and the new model will feature two memory card slots. The new battery pack will also provide a higher number of shots per charge.
There’s currently no word on a release date for the Canon EOS-1D X Mark III. We’ll be sure to keep you updated.