Canon teases powerful 60fps 10-bit 4K EOS 1D X Mark III

Canon has announced the development of the EOS-1D X Mark III. This camera could be the most technologically advanced camera Canon’s ever created.

According to the announcement, the camera sports a CMOS sensor and DIGIC processor. We don’t have the actual resolution of the sensor, but that information should be coming soon. Additionally, the EOS-1D X Mark III will shoot at speeds of up to 16fps with autofocus through its optical viewfinder and it will shoot at 20fps in live view mode. Canon says the camera is ideal for shooting sports and wildlife:

“Ideal for sports and wildlife, the flagship DSLR is being engineered and designed using feedback from the worldwide community of EOS-1D X and EOS-1D X Mark II photographers,” Canon says.

Lots more memory

It may be fast, but how long can the camera keep shooting at those speeds? It seems like it will be able to keep it up for quite a while. The 1D X Mark III will use CFexpress cards. The card comes with speeds up to 1600 MB/s. This should allow you to shoot up to 170 RAW photos without having to stop.

Canon EOS-1D X Mark III
Canon EOS-1D X Mark III

It’s quite possible that the 1D X Mark III can shoot 16fps or 20fps bursts for over 30 seconds. You would think that would burn the battery, but Canon says the 1D X III will make better use of the LP-E19 battery used in the past.


With its new AF sensor, the autofocus should be a lot more accurate than previous models. In fact, according to Canon, it should be 28 times the resolution in the center of the frame when used with the optical viewfinder. When you are in live view mode, detect AF pixels will be up and running. Additionally, the autofocus should also be more stable and track subjects more consistently with its new algorithms and AI tech.

Video shooting

First impressions, it appears the EOS-1D X Mark III will be Canon’s most advanced video EOS camera ever. It’s beefed up with 10-bit 4:2:2 footage at up to 4K 60p and internal Canon Log recording. Currently, we don’t know if the 4K video will use the entire full width of the sensor. We will see. The previous model had a 1.3 times crop factor.


Canon says the camera will have “phenomenal” weather-sealing and a magnesium alloy body.

Pricing and availability

Canon hasn’t disclosed the price or a ball-park release date. We will keep you updated as that information comes out.

Sean Berry
Sean Berry
Sean Berry is Videomaker's managing editor.

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