From the moment you pick it up you’ll know that the Canon EOS-1D X Mark III is something special. Its design is the result of years of refinement and evolution, yet it also makes use of new technologies that will transform the way you work.
We’ve given the Canon EOS-1D X Mark III a pair of smart controllers – one for horizontal shooting; the other for vertical. These revolutionary devices – which are built into the camera’s AF-ON buttons – are shaped like traditional joystick but behaviour more like a miniature touchpad that can be used to scroll AF points around the screen.
Each controller is customised for sensitivity and speed and reacts intuitively even when you’re wearing gloves. The camera automatically disables the vertical controller when you’re shooting horizontally to avoid accidental movements.
The Canon EOS-1D X Mark III’s optical viewfinder (OVF) is a joy to behold. Large, bright and clear – it lets you compose and shoot with instinct and intuition. It’s more comfortable to use over long periods of time than an EVF and gives you a real-time view of events that’s unaffected by electronic ‘lag’.
The Canon EOS-1D X Mark III’s intelligent viewfinder overlay puts information exactly where you need it so you can stay informed without feeling distracted. Naturally, it’s customisable so you can show only the data you want to see. After feedback from professional sports photographers this also includes a clock, helping you be at the right place at the right time.
Focus points are shown using a red dot-matrix display, which is finer and more detailed than equivalent displays in other EOS-1D series cameras, making it easier to see in the dark.
The Canon EOS-1D X Mark III is built to withstand the rigours of professional photography, from the bumps and scrapes of the press pack to the cold temperatures and rain of the wildlife trail. The camera’s shutter is designed for 500,000 cycles, and its magnesium-alloy body uses waterproof seals to protect against dust and moisture so you can keep shooting in bad weather. Several of the Canon EOS-1D X Mark III’s button are now illuminated, so you can see them clearly in the dark.
The new DIGIC X processor at the heart of the Canon EOS-1D X Mark III is not only powerful, but also efficient. In fact, with the supplied LP-E19 battery, the camera can deliver more than double the shooting time of the previous EOS-1D X Mark II, turning in roughly 2850 shots on a single charge.
The EOS-1D X Mark III is also compatible with older LP-E4N batteries, although the highest frame rate will be limited to 14fps.