Update 17 September 2019
Latest update from CanonRumors’ reliable source is that we can expect a few extra developments not previously rumored:
- Uncropped 6K Video
- >20.2MP, possibly 24-26MP
- DIGIC 9
- Dual CFExpress cards
Reliable rumor and information website Canon Rumors have just divulged a rumor of Canon doing initial testing of the Canon EOS-1DX mark III out in the field.
Canon have chosen a select few photographers and engineers to run the new pro body in the field.
Is the Canon Mark III Mirrorless?
Canon have said that a new pro mirrorless body will be released next. All the rumors so far suggest that the next pro mirrorless will be a high megapixel body, possibly in the same vein as the Canon EOS-5DSR.
So this is not the Canon EOS-1DX mark III. The 1D line is usually a lower megapixel count.
This means the 1D line will remain in the DSLR segment for the foreseeable future.
With Canon’s big push in 2019 to catch up to Sony in the mirrorless market, this move to continue the 1D line in the DSLR segment shows Canon’s strategy.
The DSLR and EF market still has life in it. Its days may be numbered but Canon understands it will take a long time to phase out EF, and for RF to take over; and that they need to keep supporting it.
1D owners will probably be the last to convert. Your new and semi pro shooters will be able to swap to mirrorless easily due to not being tied down with heavy investment in the EF mount.
A Canon EOS-1DR will probably be the replacement for the Canon EOS-1DX mark III, if the shift to mirrorless continues.
Little has been said about what the specs are but we can make some educated guesses.
We can expect a bump in megapixels, possible 24-28MP. The current 1DX mark II is 20.2MP.
We should possibly expect Digic 8 processor, Intervalometer, Eye AF; all of which are available in newer Canon bodies further down their production line.
What we hope to see is much more exciting, although whether Canon implement them is another thing:
- Better video codec for smaller file sizes
- Internal Wifi
- Vari angle tilt screen
- Focus peaking
- 2x CFast slots
- Uncropped 4K HDMI output (4:2:2 10 bit)
- Fully functioning touch screen
- 120p in 4k
- 240fps 1080p
Canon 1DX Mark III Release Date
The 1D line is on a 4 year refresh schedule, and Canon seem to be sticking to it. Canon specifically target a release date before the Olympics.
The Canon 1DX mark II was announced in February 2016 before the summer Olympics in Rio. It’s predecessor, the 1DX mark I was released in 2012.
So we are expecting the Canon EOS-1DX mark III to be announced in CP+ February 2020; to be released maybe a few weeks to a month straight after.
The next year or so looks to be very exciting for Canon!
Check out my thoughts on whether you should buy the Canon 1DX Mark III or not in this article.
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