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Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Canon EOS-1D X Mark III camera delivery / EOS R5 development announcement

Canon announced their last, top-of-the-line DSLR - EOS-1D X Mark III on January 6, 2020. I have placed my order and will pick up the camera on February 14, just in time to go on my Japanese wildlife tour photographing Snow Monkeys, Steller Sea Eagles and Red-crowned Cranes.

As usual, I will put the Mark III through real world tests around the globe and write a complete review soon. You can download the new camera's Owner Manual hereMy current EOS-1D X Mark II has been my main camera for almost 4 years and will be a trusted backup once I take delivery of the Mark III. You can follow my travels on FacebookTwitterInstagram and see my equipment bag and works on

It is no secret that DSLR bodies are on their way out. The phase out period is still years away though. Canon will not update their EOS-5D DSLR line any more and is expected to announce a mirrorless version of this venerable camera next month. I bought the first EOS-5D in 2005 for almost $4,000 (a full frame bargain at the time).

The new camera may be called EOS R5. It will be positioned below the EOS-1D X Mark III and may have the following specifications :

  • 40+ MP full frame CMOS sensor
  • IBIS (In Body Image Stabilization)
  • About 5 stops with IBIS, 8 stops with IS in lens
  • 12 fps with Viewfinder, 20 fps with Live View
  • Signature scroll wheel in back of camera (finally)
  • Dual memory card slots (One SD, one CFexpress)
  • AF On smart controller like the EOS-1D X Mark III
  • New Mode dial on top of camera
  • 8K @ 30 fps RAW, 4K @ 120 fps and 60 fps
  • Built-in 5GHz WiFi, Bluetooth and GPS
  • Improved LP-E6NH battery with longer life
  • Magnesium alloy body
  • Available the second half of 2020
  • List price just below $5,000

The 8K video feature is designed to grab attention and do not require any cropping. The 40+ MP is also appealing to the megapixel chasing crowd. This will not be the mirrorless camera I buy from Canon. You can read my earlier post on the reason why.

2020 will be a very busy year for Canon and their engineers are working overtime to finally get serious about their place in the post DSLR, future mirrorless camera world. I expect the next top-of-the-line EOS-1D camera (EOS R1) to be a mirrorless body but retain almost all the present ergonomics and features of the EOS-1D line and may include the EF/RF mount capability without an adapter. 2021 may be the year, with a late 2020 development announcement. That will be my next camera from Canon, when it happens.

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