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Canon EOS-1D X Mark III : Key Features Explained!

Canon EOS-1D X Mark III : Key Features Explained!

Canon just launched the EOS-1D X Mark III – especially designed for photography professionals.

Let’s find out from Canon what’s new in the EOS-1D X Mark III, and if this is the DSLR camera for you!

 

Canon EOS-1D X Mark III : Key Features Explained!

Let’s start with a presentation by Jack Kik, the Senior Product Specialist from Canon Malaysia, on the key features of the Canon EOS-1D X Mark III.

Here is a quick TLDR summary of its key features :

  • A new 20.1 megapixel 35 mm full frame CMOS sensor
  • Continuous shooting speeds of up to 16 fps (viewfinder shooting), and up to 20 fps (Live View) with AF/AE tracking
  • DIGIC X image processor with CFexpress media (dual slots), which allows a burst rate of approximately 1000 shots (RAW + JPEG)
  • New AF sensor combined with AI Servo AF IV delivers significant improvement in AF speed and tracking performance
  • 4K UHD and 4K DCI movie recording at 60p/50p, and supports Canon Log 4:2:2 10-bit in-camera recording
  • In-camera recording of 5.5K RAW movies with simultaneous MP4 files
  • Built-in Bluetooth, GPS and Wi-Fi with FTP. Supports 5 GHz wireless LAN and compatible with 2×2 MIMO when used with WFT-E9

Improved Autofocus Performance

Its new 20.1 megapixel sensor adopts a square pixel design, with a 28X increase in pixel density for both vertical and horizontal directions.

This increases its available AF points in the optical viewfinder to 191 points, from just 61 points in the EOS-1D X Mark II. Its AF points support exposure of up to f/8 with 65 cross-type AF points, allowing for better AF accuracy.

Greatly Improved Performance

Its new DIGIC X processor is 3X faster than the Mark II’s dual DIGIC 6+ processors in image processing, and up to 380X faster in general computing performance, delivering much faster subject recognition and tracking performance.

Better Noise Reduction

The Canon EOS-1D X Mark II reduces noise in both the CMOS sensor, as well as DIGIG X image processing, increasing the upper limit of normal ISO speed by one stop to 102,400.

Its image quality in the ISO 6400-12800 range, frequently used by sports and news photographers, has also been improved with better noise control.

Higher Image Quality

Its new 16-point low-pass filter reduces moiré and colour distortion, as well as image resolution. This low-pass filter also incorporates Gaussian filter features to better work with high-resolution lenses.

The EOS-1D X Mark III now supports HDR OQ HEIF – a 10-bit recording standard that uses a high-resolution and low-noise approach, to reproduce an image that is sharper and much closer to reality.

Faster Burst Shots

Burst shooting speed has been increased to 16 frames per second. This may cause a blackout of the viewfinder, interrupting your tracking of the subject.

To avoid that, the EOS-1D X Mark III has a new mirror system with a high-speed mechanism to retract and reset the mirror, combined with an optical system that displays images in real time.

For Live View shooting, it can perform burst shots at up to 20 frames per second for both RAW and RAW+JPEG recording.

4K Recording Without Cropping

The EOS-1D X Mark III is the first Canon full-frame camera to support 4K video recording, without cropping. In addition to the 4K UHD 16:9 standard by ITU, it also supports the 4K DCI 17:9 standard by Digital Camera Initiative.

It supports Canon Log YCbCr 4:2:2 10-bit video output and ITU-R BT.2020 colour gamut. For wider colour gradation, vivid colour range and smaller file size, it encodes video using H.265 HEVC encoding.

Dual CFexpress Card Slots

The EOS-1D X Mark III comes with dual CFexpress card slots. The ultra fast transfer rate of CFexpress media, coupled with its extended buffer memory, lets the Mark III achieve a continuous burst rate of 1,000 RAW shots.

The Mark III can shoot continuously for a full minute at 16 fps, while the EOS-1D X Mark II can only shoot at 14 fps for just 12 seconds.

Enhanced Connectivity

The Canon EOS-1D X Mark III comes with a built-in GPS receiver, and Wi-Fi connectivity with FTP functions. This lets you maintain a log of your shooting locations, and transfer your files off the camera to your computer wirelessly.

But should you prefer to use a cable, it supports USB 3.1 Gen 2 – offering twice the speed of USB 3.0.

 

Canon EOS-1D X Mark III : Price + Availability

The Canon EOS-1D X Mark III (body only) has a recommended retail price of RM 29,999 / ~S$9,946 / US$5,499 / ~£5,616 / ~A$ 10,732.

It is already available for sale in the US and EMEA, but will be available for sale in Malaysia from February 2020 onwards. Here are some online purchase options :

United States

  • Body only : $5,499
  • Body + CFexpress Card + Reader Bundle : $6,499

 

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Canon 1D X Mark II First Look

On April 14, 2016, Canon officially launched the long-awaited successor to their EOS-1D X professional DSLR camera 0 the EOS-1D X Mark II (Amazon). Launch just over 4 years later, the 1D X Mark II boasts a bevy of new imaging technologies. Take a look at this specification comparison of the new Mark II camera, and its predecessor, the original EOS-1D X.

SpecificationsEOS-1D X Mark IIEOS-1D X
Imaging Sensor35 mm Full Frame (36 x 24 mm) CMOS
Sensor Effective PixelsApprox. 20.2 megapixelsApprox. 18.1 megapixels
AF Points at f/861 points or 21 cross-type points (all individually selectable)1 cross-type point
Metering Sensor360,000 pixel RGB + IR sensor (with dedicated DiGiC 6 processor)100,000 pixel RGB sensor (with dedicated DiGiC 4 processor)
ISO SensitivityAuto : 100 - 51,200
Low : 50
High : Up to 409,600 (H3)
Auto : 100 - 51,200
Low : 50
High : Up to 204,800 (H2)
Continuous Shooting Speed14 fps with full AF / AE
16 fps in Live View Mode (no AF / AE)
12 fps with full AF / AE
14 fps in Live View Mode (no AF / AE)
GPSBuilt-in with auto time updateExternal accessory
Movie Recording CapabilityDCI 4K videos at up to 50/60 fps (maximum 29 minutes, 59 seconds)
Full HD up to 100 / 120 fps
Full HD videos at up to 25/30 fps (maximum 29 minutes, 59 seconds)
AF in MoviesDual Pixel CMOS AF with touch panel LCDContrast detection AF (no servo)

You can get more details of the Canon EOS-1D X Mark II in our 1D X Mark II launch coverage.

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Canon 1D X Mark II First Look

After the Canon 1D X Mark II launch event, we had some time to take a video of this professional DSLR camera. We also had the opportunity to test its focus peaking capability at the end of the video. Check it out!

Here is the video transcript :

Canon calls the new 1D X Mark II the King of EOS. Let’s take a look and see if it lives up to that claim, and what it offers over its predecessor.

Canon first released the 1D X in March 2012, with an 18 MP CMOS sensor, 12 fps continuous shooting speed and full HD video recording capability.

Now, four years later, the 1D X Mark II brings with it a bevy of improvements.

It now sports a 20.2 MP CMOS sensor with dual DiGiC 6+ image processors and expanded ISO speeds of up to 409,600.

You can now shoot continuously at 14 fps, or 16 fps in the Live View mode. You can also record 4K videos at up to 60 fps, or full HD videos at up to 120 fps.

The 1D X Mark II also features a new 360,000 pixel RGB + IR metering sensor and Dual Pixel Auto-Focus capability, allowing for faster and more accurate focusing and tracking of the subject.

The 1D X Mark II also features built-in GPS, allowing to automatically geo-tag your photos and videos.

The new Canon 1D X Mark II has a magnesium alloy body that is dust and drip-proof to protect it against the harsh elements. It also boasts a shutter life expectancy of 400,000 cycles.

The king of EOS retails for RM 25,299 or about USD 6,325.

 

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Canon EOS-1D X Mark II Launch, Price & Specifications

Canon EOS-1D X Mark II Launched!

On April 14, Canon launched the King of EOS, the EOS-1D X Mark II (Amazon). This is the long-awaited successor to the Canon EOS-1D X which was launched in March of 2012 – four long years ago. As such, the Mark II offers the latest developments in imaging technologies.

In this video, Jeffrey Kung (Assistant Director, Consumer Imaging and Information Division, Canon Marketing Malaysia) describes the new features packed into the new EOS-1D X Mark II (Amazon). He also took the opportunity to summarise the key features of the other Canon cameras released in 2016.

Don’t forget to check out our First Look At The EOS-1D X Mark II!

 

EOS-1D X Mark II Key Features

Built for quality high-speed photography

A split second can mean a lot to professional photographers, especially those in the sports, journalism and wildlife fields. Beyond being there in the right moment to capture that one unique shot, professionals require equipment quick enough to capture that split second, in impeccable image quality, with precise focus for a perfectly composed shot – something that the EOS-1D X Mark II (Amazon) is capable of delivering. With its new 61-point all points selectable AF system with 41-points cross type AF, photographers benefit from an expanded AF area (approximately 24 percent vertically) compared to the EOS-1D X.

Its low-intensity limit function at the centre AF is also improved to EV-3, thus ensuring a solid performance even in low-light and low contrast conditions. Beyond the hardware, the DSLR is equipped with Al servo AF III+, a new AF algorithm with AI servo scenes analysis that improves AF precision in scenarios involving fast and unexpected movements. With all 61-points compatible to effective aperture of f/8 or faster, autofocusing is possible even when using tele-converters on super telephoto lenses, equipment common in wildlife and sports photography.

Additionally, the mirror on the EOS-1D X Mark II (Amazon) is constructed with a new drive mechanism that quickly suppresses vibration which enables the DSLR to deliver a quick frame rate of 14 fps with AF and auto-exposure tracking enabled, and an even more impressive 16 fps when shooting with Live View, with no screen blackout. With a CFast 2.0 card slot for high-speed writing, the EOS-1D X Mark II can capture up to 170 RAW images and an unlimited number of JPEG images in continuous shooting mode.

 

4K image quality for EOS Movie

In 2012, the EOS-1D C was the first EOS DSLR to incorporate 4K movie recording. With the EOS-1D X Mark II (Amazon), users are now able to utilize 4K motion JPEG at 60/50p, resulting in amazingly smooth footages. The EOS-1D X Mark II’s Full HD recording feature comes with a new High Frame Rate mode that allows recording at 120/100, enabling slow motion video recording. The inclusion of a CFast slot caters to these high data-rate shooting modes.

With the addition of the Dual Pixel CMOS AF (DAF), a first in the EOS-1D series, users utilising phase-detection in Live View mode benefit from extremely fast auto-focusing and efficient tracking of moving subjects without aperture limitations. The DSLR also support EV-3 for all effective AF points within the sensor area when shooting 4K movies.

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Similar to the EOS 7D Mark II, the EOS-1D X Mark II (Amazon) includes selectable adjustments for Movie Servo AF speed and Movie Servo AF tracking sensitivity, giving users more flexibility in controlling focus racking during video shooting. Additionally, the EOS-1D X Mark II is equipped with touch focus function for its DAF feature. With this, users can easily switch focus by tapping the LCD panel for AF point selection in Live View mode.

With the DSLR’s 4K Frame Grab function, users can also easily extract images of approximately 8.8 megapixels in JPEG format from 4K movies recorded on the camera without connecting to a computer. The camera’s ability to shoot at 60p means sports and wildlife photographers can now pick one out of the sixty images in every second of the video, thereby achieving a much higher image hit-rate and improving work efficiency.

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Top-class image quality

The EOS-1D X Mark II (Amazon) breaks new ground for the EOS line with a newly developed 35mm full frame CMOS sensor, Dual DIGIC 6+ image processors, enhanced resolution of 20.2-megapixel images, and expanded ISO speeds of up to 409,600, one full stop higher than its predecessor the EOS-1D X. With this, users are able to achieve better shooting results in lowlight.

The new 360,000 pixel RGB + IR metering sensor and EOS iTR AF system on the EOS-1D X Mark II greatly improves tracking precision. For indoor shoots under artificial lighting, photographers can turn on an anti-flicker mode to detect high frequency flickering of lights, thus ensuring better exposure stability. With this feature, irregular exposure and colours caused by flickering lights can be better managed.

A new in-camera Digital Lens Optimizer is now able to process and optimize RAW images in-camera. Previously available only in post-production, this editing function includes chromatic aberration correction, peripheral illumination correction, and for the first time in EOS history, diffraction correction.

The combination of these corrective functions allows photographers to obtain higher quality JPEGs directly from the camera without using a computer, enabling fast image productions where time is of essence. The inclusion of Fine Detail picture style also pushes JPEG files to achieve even higher levels of sharpness.

Made to last

Every part of the EOS-1D X Mark II (Amazon) from its mirror to shutter mechanisms is built for endurance and durability, giving the DSLR a shutter life expectancy of 400,000 cycles. The EOS-1D X Mark II is encased in a robust magnesium alloy body and designed to be dust and drip-proof for enhanced protection against the elements, essential for reliability in the professional photographer’s varied line of work especially when working at outdoor shoots.

In terms of design and ergonomics, the grip and button operations were improved for greater comfort and operability for photographers of varying hand sizes. The control configuration on the EOS-1D X Mark II (Amazon) also makes the horizontal and vertical layouts more similar, so shooting landscape or portrait will have a similar feel. The EOS-1D X Mark II uses the LP-E19 battery, which has a 10% increase in capacity compared to the LP-E4N used in the EOS-1D X, providing photographers with longer usage while in the field.

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Built in GPS function and optional Wireless File Transmitter

For the first time in the EOS-1D series, GPS is built into the body of the camera. This allows all the photos to be tagged with accurate location information, providing users specific location references especially when traveling in between assignments and locations. Access to satellite clocks also ensures accurate time-stamp information, allowing for more efficient organization of images.

File transfer is also made easy with the Wireless File Transmitter, WFT-E8D, available as an option with the EOS-1D X Mark II. The WFT-E8D supports high speed file transfer which supports IEEE802.11a/b/g/n/ac (5 GHz and 2.4 GHz band) wireless LAN.

When mounted on the EOS-1D X Mark II (Amazon), it allows seamless wireless connection between the photographer’s smartphone and the camera, allowing photographers to remotely control the camera for still image shooting, movie recording and transferring of images from camera to smartphone all via Canon’s Camera Connect app. The EOS-1D X Mark II is also equipped with a USB 3.0 port for high speed data transfer.

 

EOS-1D X Mark II Price & Availability

The Canon EOS-1D X Mark II is now available in Malaysia at a recommended retail price of RM 25,299 (inclusive of 6% GST). That is roughly US$ 6,325.

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