Canon EOS 1DX Mark III Review (2020)


The most improved version in the EOS 1DX series is the EOS 1DX Mark III. Canon credited this with special and new features and states it to be the fastest, topmost and toughest in the series. Including the 4K 10-bit 4:2:2, Canon EOS 1DX Mark III ranks to be at the top. Let’s see, here in Canon EOS 1DX Mark III Review session, what are the new features and many more exciting specifications in it that makes it to be in the top line. Indeed it has now been the favorites of many professional photographers.

Canon EOS 1DX Mark III Specifications

The high performing 1DX Mark III camera is also liked for its durability and the newest feature of a new smart controller. Especially, apart from the dials and buttons, one could want, the most interesting one is the new Smart Controller. This is a touch-sensitive button on the backside of the camera body that will make the move easier. Further, it allows us to shift focus points while shooting. It is a nice innovation to go alongside the standard joystick.

Canon EOS 1DX Mark III 360 degree View

Body Design

Although the body of the EOS 1DX Mark III looks like the body of the earlier 1DX camera, the features are much better. In short, the functions or key features all together in and out of the camera body makes it best and completely different. It has an all-new mirror mechanism to reduce vibration and blackout. The Magnesium alloy body design of 1DX Mark III is dust and weather resistant which is indeed helpful while working in the severe weather conditions.

  • Body type – Large SLR
  • Camera Format – Full-Frame (1x Crop Factor)
  • Body material – Magnesium alloy
  • Weight of the body only – Approx. 1250 g
  • Weight of the body (including batteries) – Approx. 1440 g
  • Dimensions – Width 158 mm x Height 167.6 mm x Diagonal 82.6 mm
  • Operating Environment – 0 to 45°C, 85% or less humidity
  • Lens Mount – Canon EF
  • Shutter Type – Vertical-travel mechanical focal-plane shutter, electronically controlled at all speeds / Sensor Electronic shutter
  • Slower shutter speed – 30 sec
  • Fastest shutter speed – 1/8000 sec
  • Shutter life – 5,00,000 Shots
  • Shutter Release – Soft Touch Electromagnetic Release
  • Mirror Lock-Up – Provided
  • Memory Card Slots – Dual CFexpress, Includes 1 x CFexpress Card and Reader
  • Battery description – LP-E19 lithium-ion battery, Rechargeable
  • Battery Life – CIPA rated 2850 shots with the viewfinder and 610 with Live View

Note A measurement of the number of images a digital still camera can take on a single battery charge. CIPA stands for Camera & Imaging Products Association in Japan. It undergoes the procedure for determining this rating and hence each camera vendor is responsible for the fairness of the reported results.

Sensor and Processor

Canon has used the next-generation image sensor and processor in 1D X Mark III. Hence, it is now able to have continuous shooting speeds. To maintain these speeds, the camera now offers communication systems with much-improved speeds and dual CFexpress card slots.

  • Sensor type – CMOS with Dual Pixel AF
  • Sensor photo detectors – 21 megapixels
  • Actual Pixels – 21.4 Megapixel
  • Effective Pixels – 20.1 Megapixel
  • Sensor size – Full frame (36 x 24 mm)
  • Max resolution – 5472 x 3648
  • Other resolutions – 4368 x 2912, 3648 x 2432, 2736 x 1824
  • Processor – Digic X
  • Bit Depth – 14-Bit
  • Image Stabilization Digital (Video Only)
  • Aspect Ratio – 3:2
  • Color space – sRGB, Adobe RGB
  • Color filter array – Primary color filter
  • Continuous shooting speed – 16 fps in optical viewfinder or 20 fps in live view

DIGIC X Image Processor provides a new image-processing engine and improved power efficiency. Hence, this benefit in the use of same LP-E19 battery which was used in the 1DX Mark II and still benefit from improved battery life. The two ultra-fast CFexpress card slots helped in the buffer speed of an expansion to 1000 raw images.


In addition to raw and JPEG, Canon EOS 1DX MarkIII consists of a new HEIF format. It help in providing the higher-quality images at smaller file sizes along with the support for HDR metadata.

  • Image ratio – 3 : 2
  • ISO Auto – 100-102,400
  • Minimum ISO – 50
  • Maximum ISO – 819200
  • White Balance presets – 7
  • White Balance Bracketing – Provided
  • Custom white balance – Provided with 5 slots
  • Image stabilization – Not Provided
  • File format – JPEG (Exif v2.31), HEIF (10-bit), Raw / C-Raw (CR3)
  • Maximum Resolution – 5472 x 3648
  • Picture Styles – Auto, Standard, Portrait, Landscape, Neutral, Faithful, Monochrome, Fine Detail, 3 User Defined options

Optics & Focus

Canon EOS-1D X MarkIII has a quite pretty good AF system with noticeable speed, and accuracy. Then whether its the optical viewfinder or 3.2-inch touchscreen. As a matter of fact, the camera is programmed with a deep-learning algorithms to identify movements and focus it. Furthermore, its Face and Eye detection has advanced tracking ability too.

  • Focus Type – Auto Focus and Manual Focus
  • Focus Mode – Continuous-Servo AF (C), Manual Focus (M), Single-Servo AF (S)
  • Number of focus points – 191 in OVF with new ‘square pixel’ design
  • The Number of focus points – 3869 in LV
  • The Number of cross-type focus points – 155
  • Lens mount – Canon EF
  • Focal length multiplier – 1×

Auto Focus

  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Autofocus Points Phase Detection – 191 (155 Cross-Type)
  • Autofocus Sensitivity – -4 to +18 EV
  • AF lowest EV – -4 EV/-6 EV Live view
  • Auto focus – Multi-area, Center, Selective single-point, Tracking, Single, Continuous, Touch, Face Detection, Live View

Screen and Viewfinder

  • Screen Type – Fixed Touchscreen LCD
  • The Screen size – 3.2″
  • Screen dots – 2,100,000
  • Touch screen – Provided
  • Live view – Provided
  • Viewfinder type – Optical (pentaprism)
  • The Viewfinder coverage – 100%
  • Viewfinder Eye Point – 20 mm
  • Viewfinder Magnification – Approx. 0.76x
  • Diopter Adjustment – -3 to +1

Photography Features

Much of the menu and camera settings provided in the Canon EOS 1DX MarkIII body as well as the smart controller on the rear side of the body makes the work easier. It has a touch-sensitive button for quick and intuitive focus point selection while one is shooting.

  • Exposure modes – Program, Aperture priority, Shutter priority, Manual
  • Drive modes – Single, High-speed, Continuous, Low-speed, Silent single, Silent high-speed continuous, Silent low-speed continuous
  • Continuous drive – 20.0 fps
  • Metering modes – Multi, Center-weighted, Spot, Spot AF-area, Partial
  • Exposure compensation – ±5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
  • Metering Range – 0 to 20 EV
  • Live View AF system – 90% horizontal with 100% vertical coverage with enhanced eye detection, sensitivity down to -6 EV, supportive to F11 shooting
  • 191-pt viewfinder AF system with new ‘square pixel’ design, 155 cross-type points, Face + head detection, sensitivity to -4 EV, all points support F8 shooting
  • Built-in flash – Not provided
  • External flash – Can be attached or used
  • Flash Maximum sync speed – 1/250 sec
  • Flash Compensation – -3 to +3 EV (1/3 EV Steps)
  • Dedicated Flash System – eTTL
  • External Flash Connection – Hot Shoe, PC Terminal Interface

Video or Movie Features

All those who love to enjoy videography as well as photography with high end results, this camera is going to play an amazing role. For instance, the camera have both All-I and IPB compression options, movie digital IS, peaking, and a focus guide. Moreover, it has an ability to high autofocus, well experienced even when shooting at up to 5.5K raw at 30 fps or cropped DCI 4K at 60 fps.

  • Video resolutions – 5.5K RAW (60p), 4K DCI (60p), 4K UHD (60p), Full-HD (120p)
  • Movie crop factor – Full width DCI, 1.3x crop
  • Video RAW recording – Provided
  • Video Encoding – NTSC/PAL
  • Internal Recording – 4K60 10-Bit 4:2:2 H.265/HEVC recording
  • Raw video recording – 5.5K/60p 12-bit
  • Videography Format – MPEG-4, H.264, H.265
  • Audio Recording – Built-In Microphone (Stereo)
  • External Microphone – Input (Stereo)
  • Audio File Format – AAC, Linear PCM (Stereo)

Other Special Features of Canon EOS 1DX MarkIII

  • Orientation sensor – Provided
  • Timelapse recording – Providing
  • Wireless, and GPS – Built-in
  • Wi-Fi, Bluetooth – Provided
  • Storage types – Dual CFexpress type B
  • USB Connectivity – USB 3.2 Gen 2 (10 GBit/sec)
  • Wired connectivity – High speed Gigabyte Ethernet and USB C
  • HDMI Connectivity – Provided (HDMI mini)
  • Port Provided – Microphone, Headphone
  • Remote control Yes (Wired, wireless, smartphone)
  • Self-timer – Provided

Best Lenses for for Canon EOS-1D X MarkIII

List of Best Common Lenses for Canon EOS-1D X Mark III

Best All-in-one Lens

  • Canon EF 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6L IS USM

Best Standard Prime Lenses

  • Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM
  • Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM
  • EF Canon 50mm f/1.8 STM

Most Common Standard Zoom Lenses

  • Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM

Best Macro Lenses

  • Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM
  • Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM

Best Standard Prime Lenses

  • Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM
  • Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM
  • EF Canon 50mm f/1.8 STM
  • EF Canon 40mm f/2.8 STM

Top Standard Zoom Lenses

  • Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM
  • Canon 24-70mm f/4L IS USM

Best Wide-angle Zoom Lenses

  • Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L USM
  • Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III USM
  • Lens Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM

Best Wide-angle Prime Lenses

  • Canon EF 14mm f/2.8L II USM
  • Canon EF 24mm f/1.4L II USM

List of Best Specialized Lenses for Canon EOS-1D X Mark III

Best Indoor Sports Lenses

  • Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS III USM
  • Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
  • EF Canon 200mm f/2L IS USM
  • EF Canon 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM

Top Outdoor Sports and Wildlife Lenses

  • Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM
  • Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Lens with 1.4x Extender
  • Lens Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS III USM
  • Lens Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS III USM

Best Portrait Lenses

  • Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM
  • Canon EF 85mm f/1.4L IS USM
  • Lens Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM

Best Travel and Street Lenses

  • Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM
  • Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM
  • EF Canon 24-105mm f/4L IS II USM
  • Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM

Canon EOS 1DX MarkIII Rating

As per the reviews and features of Canon EOS 1DX MarkIII , the ratings for this super-duper camera is full on. Indeed, the Professional Photographers consider this camera to be the best and top of all the Canon cameras till date.

The professionals in various stream of Photography had remarkably excellent experiences with this camera in hand. Surprisingly, it proved excellent for all whether he or she is a wildlife photographer, wedding photographer, product photographer, commercial or advertising Photographer, etc…

Further, let’s see what is the rating given to Canon EOS 1DX MarkIII as per the survey of creative huts. Finally, in our next session, read the reviews on Canon EOS R and Canon EOS R5


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    Hence, on an average the rating for Canon EOS 1DX MarkIII is 4.7 out of 5. You may read furthermore on the reviews of different cameras and models in out review session. Canon EOS 1DX Mark III Review (2020)
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