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Canon EOS 1D X Mark III Review

It’s not just about speed but also about the confidence that so much performance instills. Comparing the Canon EOS 1D X Mark III to supercars like Ferraris, Lamborghinis, and Aston Martins is simple. It’s not just about speed; it’s also about confidence. Everyone doesn’t need to be able to shoot in bursts at 16 frames per second, and you don’t need autofocus that’s smarter and faster than you are all the time.

And here is the problem about the Canon 1D X Mark III: it is engineered for speed, but it is so phenomenally adept overall that its appeal stretches well beyond the target audience of sports and press photographers. It will carry out whatever command you give it, whenever you choose. Simply put, it is the best interchangeable lens camera, regardless of whether it is a reflex or mirrorless model.

It’s both reflex and mirrorless, which is an exciting combination. Even though it is not an actual hybrid design, Canon has gone to great lengths to ensure that its performance in Live View – that is, with the mirror locked up – is on par with everything now available in the mirrorless industry.

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Canon EOS 1D X Mark III Build Quality

The Canon EOS-1D X Mark III is a monstrous camera, but surprisingly, it is precisely the same size in all three dimensions as its predecessor, although being 90 grams lighter. Because there are now full-35mm mirrorless cameras that are not substantially smaller or lighter than those that came before them – especially when an optional battery/vertical grip is included – it isn’t easy to imagine that size or weight would be a big concern for potential customers. Handling and ergonomics are more important than anything else, and Canon has made many changes to boost its efficiency.

Canon EOS 1D X Mark III Autofocus

The viewfinder autofocus (AF) system is based on a brand-new sensor that uses an array of smaller square pixels rather than the conventional arrangement of line pairs to enable phase-difference detection measurements. This departure from the traditional understanding of line pairs allows for improved accuracy. There are 100 times more pixels on the autofocus sensor of the Mark III than there were on the autofocus sensor of the Mark II, which results in a total of 191 measurement points, 155 of which are cross-type arrays.

Despite this, there is no change to the frame coverage. Every point may be chosen by hand, and the maximum aperture of the lens it uses is f/8 in every case. Since the system has a sensitivity range that goes down to EV 4.0 and up to EV 21, it can operate normally even in extremely bright environments.

Canon EOS 1D X Mark III Performance

The EOS-1D X Mark III, equipped with a ProGrade Digital CFexpress Type B 325GB memory card, could record a burst of 150 JPEG files in 9.394 seconds, which equates to a shooting speed of 15.96 frames per second. This is as close to the stated 16 fps as it is possible to get without actually reaching that speed. Even more impressive is the fact that this was accomplished while the camera was continuously adjusting its AF and AE settings, and, of course, at 150 frames, the camera was only getting started.

It takes only a moment or two for the data to be written into the memory card. The size of each test file was, on average, 9.45 megabytes, which indicates that 1.42 gigabytes were stored away in the blink of an eye. This takes continuous high-speed photography to a new level, demonstrating very clearly why Canon chose to embrace the CFexpress card format. No matter what you’re shooting, the Canon EOS-1D X Mark III will never slow you down since it’s constantly processing data in the background.

Canon EOS 1D X Mark III Image Quality

The 20-megapixel sensor included in the 1D X Mark III is more than capable of competing with the 24-megapixel variety in the Sony A9 II. The only moment we could have used a little more resolution was when we cropped the image to get a closer look at the topic. However, the photographs this new Canon specialist creates are also excellent, and its focusing feature ensures that the characteristics of people’s faces are captured in pin-sharp detail.

At lower ISOs, the best-quality JPEGs appear beautifully crisp, with a wide dynamic range and excellent color fidelity across the spectrum. However, the 10-bit HIEFs go even further, and we suspect they will become the new favorite format of JPEG shooters. This is especially true when images are transmitted directly from the camera during an event.

When editing photographs in post-production, getting the color balance perfect may be an uphill task for many professional photographers, however, Canon’s color science continues to be spot on, and the company’s cameras produce pictures that are almost as good as they seem right out of the camera.

The EOS 1D X Mark III is remarkable in its ability to take still images and record video, which is exceptional for a DSLR camera. To create a hybrid camera that is on par with everything else available in mirrorless cameras, the video recording capabilities and the overall set of features have been carefully considered.

Canon EOS 1D X Mark III Specs

Body typeLarge SLR
Body materialMagnesium alloy
Sensor
Max resolution5472 x 3648
Other resolutions4368 x 2912, 3648 x 2432, 2736 x 1824
Image ratio w:h3:2
Effective pixels20 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors21 megapixels
Sensor sizeFull frame (36 x 24 mm)
Sensor typeCMOS
ProcessorDigic X
Color spacesRGB, Adobe RGB
Color filter arrayPrimary color filter
Image
ISOAuto, 100-102400 (expands to 50-819200)
Boosted ISO (minimum)50
Boosted ISO (maximum)819200
White balance presets7
Custom white balanceYes (5 slots)
Image stabilizationNo
Uncompressed formatRAW
File formatJPEG (Exif v2.31)HEIF (10-bit)Raw / C-Raw (CR3)
Optics & Focus
AutofocusContrast Detect (sensor)Phase DetectMulti-areaCenterSelective single-pointTrackingSingleContinuousTouchFace DetectionLive View
Manual focusYes
Number of focus points191
Number of cross-type focus points155
Lens mountCanon EF
Focal length multiplier
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCDFixed
Screen size3.2″
Screen dots2,100,000
Touch screenYes
Screen typeTFT LCD
Live viewYes
Viewfinder typeOptical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder coverage100%
Viewfinder magnification0.76×
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed30 sec
Maximum shutter speed1/8000 sec
Exposure modesProgramAperture priorityShutter priorityManual
Built-in flashNo
External flashYes
Flash X sync speed1/250 sec
Drive modesSingleHigh-speedContinuousLow-speedSilent singleSilent high-speed continuousSilent low-speed continuous
Continuous drive20.0 fps
Self-timerYes
Metering modesMultiCenter-weightedSpotSpot AF-areaPartial
Exposure compensation±5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
WB BracketingYes
Videography features
FormatMPEG-4, H.264, H.265
MicrophoneMono
SpeakerMono
Storage
Storage typesDual CFexpress type B
Connectivity
USBUSB 3.2 Gen 2 (10 GBit/sec)
HDMIYes (HDMI mini)
Microphone portYes
Headphone portYes
WirelessBuilt-In
Remote controlYes (Wired, wireless, smartphone)
Physical
Environmentally sealedYes
BatteryBuilt-in
Battery descriptionLP-E19 lithium-ion battery & dual charger
Battery Life (CIPA)2850
Weight (inc. batteries)1440 g (3.17 lb / 50.79 oz)
Dimensions158 x 168 x 83 mm (6.22 x 6.61 x 3.27″)
Other features
Orientation sensorYes
Timelapse recordingYes
GPSBuilt-in

Canon EOS 1D X Mark III Verdict

Canon has wrung every last bit of performance out of the EOS-1D X Mark III that they possibly could. Everything has been pushed and procrastinated, and as a consequence, the new flagship product of the firm, the EOS D, is genuinely stunning. It is loaded to the gills with features, including a brand-new Smart Controller and an autofocus system that is lightning-quick and incredibly accurate. Support has even been added for a new file format, and there is much more to unpack. Even if you don’t need it, there’s a good chance you’ll still desire it.

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