Canon Unveils Its New Flagship DSLR Camera

The next camera in the 1D X line adds some new bells, but sticks with the 4K60p whistle.

Canon has officially announced the development of the highly-anticipated successor to its flagship 1D X Mark II DSLR, the new EOS-1D X Mark III.

The 1D X Mark III builds upon its predecessor in many ways, especially when it comes to autofocus. It features an enhanced autofocus system with a new algorithm, subject tracking using Deep Learning Technology, and an optical viewfinder that uses a new autofocus sensor that has 28x the resolution of the 1D X Mark II.

Furthermore, shooters will be able to use 525 AF areas with the Dual Pixel CMOS AF system, covering the image sensor by 90 percent horizontally and 100 percent vertically. And these new AF and AE systems will be able to support much faster frame rates (for photographers, at least) when using either the optical viewfinder (up to about 16fps mechanical shutter) or Live View (up to about 20fps mechanical or electronic shutter).

This new shooter also boasts such intriguing features as an all-new Canon-developed CMOS sensor and DIGIC processor. Canon says the latter will provide higher ISOs, wider dynamic range, greater color representation, and 10-bit HEIF stills.

Unfortunately, there's one update that isn't included, that 1D Mark II users were hoping to see: Higher video resolution, preferably at higher frame rates. However, even though the 1D Mark III still only shoots 4K60P, it does make the jump from 8-bit to 10-bit 4:2:2 Canon Log internal recording.

Key Features

  • Enhanced AF and AE systems
  • All-new Canon-developed CMOS sensor and DIGIC processor
  • 4K60p with 10-bit 4:2:2 Canon Log internal recording
  • Built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth low-energy connectivity and GPS technology
  • Data transfer speeds twice that of 1D X Mark II (when using built-in Ethernet connection or wireless file transmitter)
  • Dual CFexpress card slots
  • Illuminated buttons
  • Improved weather-sealing
  • LP-E19 batteries

Despite getting a few tantalizing details about the 1DX Mark III, not much is known about other important features at this point, including specifics on the image sensor. We still do not know whether we're getting full-frame or something similar to the Mark II's 1.3x crop factor. Also unknown as of press time is ISO range, pricing, and more. It's still early in the development stage, so we'll keep you updated as more announcements come.

If you want to learn more about the new Canon EOS-1D X Mark III, head on over to Canon to read the press release    

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I imagine this will be at least $6k.

Which will be a huge mistake given that the S1H more features and is $4k.

October 25, 2019 at 10:55AM

Alex Everingham
Video Editor

True. However canon raw lite is a pretty good codec and the best autofocus make this camera pretty awesome. I hope they include IBIS but canon has disappointed in the past so I'm not holding my breath.

October 25, 2019 at 6:54PM

Paolo Mugnaini

I just hope they dont have a crop like the mark II. It crippled the camera IMO

October 25, 2019 at 12:36PM

Walter Wallace

Why would anyone expect this camera to shoot more than 4K?

October 28, 2019 at 8:39PM


“1D Mark III still only shoots 4K60P”...

ONLY? 4K60p in 10bit is something we only could’ve dreamed of a few years ago. Why is everyone so obsessed with ultra slowmo in 4k? It’s not as if you use it on every shoot.

October 30, 2019 at 1:55AM

Michiel Eskens
Director & Editor

Probably because at the $6,000 price range you can buy a used pro studio cam ($4,000-$5,000) that also does 4K 60p at 10bit.

But also get built in ND filters, true XLR connections, BNC output, Timecode, and a Camera that is on the Netflix approved list.

November 5, 2019 at 2:18PM

Kyle Dockum
Videographer and Editor