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Thursday, November 28, 2019

Canon EOS-1D X Mark III DSLR camera coming February 2020

As reported earlier, the successor to the Canon EOS-1D X Mark II camera, the Mark III is expected to be announced by Q1, 2020. The development announcement was made on October 24, 2019. Read my earlier post on the interview with the father of the Canon EOS-1 camera and see a preview of this camera here.

I have been an EOS-1 user since the line was introduced in 1989. The latest and possibly last EOS-1D X Mark III DSLR body may have the following specs :

  • All new mid 20MP sensor (24MP most likely)
  • Powered by dual DIGIC 9 processors
  • In Body Image Stabilization (Possible but Unlikely)
  • Deep Learning AF system through viewfinder and Live View 
  • Dual card slots - 2 CFexpress
  • 10-bit HEIF file capture (in addition to JPEG and Raw)
  • Shoots Super 4K 60p 10 bit video without cropping
  • 3.2 million-dot touch screen
  • Optical viewfinder with more information than the Mk II model
  • 61 AF points spread wider than Mark II model
  • 525 AF points in Live Veiw
  • AF-ON trackpad is fast and precise 
  • LCD display on top of camera similar to EOS R
  • Illuminated back buttons
  • GPS plus built-in WiFi and Bluetooth
  • Burst rate 16 fps in AF, 20 fps with LiveView
  • Improved silent shooting mode. Completely 'silent'.
  • Improved LP-E19 battery with extended life
  • Release date - Q1 2020

Frankly, I find the present burst rate of the Mark II model more than adequate. The sensor and LCD screen can use a bump up in megapixels. The WiFi and Bluetooth features serve little purpose for me but may be useful for some landscape photography and photo journalism assignments. I am excited about the new AF capabilities, sensor IQ improvement and video enhancements.

Keep checking back for the latest development and information. I am very interested in getting this body. 

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