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Canon 1D C vs Canon 1D X III

Portability
50
Imaging
67
Features
79
Overall
71
Canon EOS-1D C front
 
Canon EOS-1D X Mark III front
Portability
50
Imaging
75
Features
85
Overall
79

Canon 1D C vs Canon 1D X III Key Specs

Canon 1D C
(Full Review)
  • 18MP - Full frame Sensor
  • 3.2" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 51200 (Push to 204800)
  • 1/8000s Maximum Shutter
  • 4096 x 2160 video
  • Canon EF Mount
  • 1500g - 158 x 164 x 83mm
  • Announced April 2012
Canon 1D X III
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - Full frame Sensor
  • 3.2" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 102400 (Bump to 819200)
  • 1/8000s Max Shutter
  • 5472 x 2886 video
  • Canon EF Mount
  • 1440g - 158 x 168 x 83mm
  • Released January 2020
  • Superseded the Canon 1D X II
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Canon 1D C vs Canon 1D X III Overview

Let's look more closely at the Canon 1D C vs Canon 1D X III, both Pro DSLR digital cameras and they are both offered by Canon. The sensor resolution of the 1D C (18MP) and the 1D X III (20MP) is very similar and both cameras have the same sensor dimensions (Full frame).

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The 1D C was launched 8 years before the 1D X III which is quite a large gap as far as tech is concerned. Both cameras have the same body design (Large SLR).

Before getting into a complete comparison, here is a brief view of how the 1D C matches up versus the 1D X III with respect to portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Canon 1D C over the Canon 1D X III

 1D C 1D X III 

Reasons to pick Canon 1D X III over the Canon 1D C

 1D X III 1D C 
ReleasedJanuary 2020April 2012Newer by 94 months
Display resolution2100k1040kCrisper display (+1060k dot)
Touch friendly display Easily navigate

Common features in the Canon 1D C and Canon 1D X III

 1D C 1D X III 
Manual focus Very precise focusing
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Display dimensions3.2"3.2"Equal display sizing
Selfie screen Neither comes with selfie screen

Canon 1D C vs Canon 1D X III Physical Comparison

For those who are intending to travel with your camera regularly, you're going to have to think about its weight and size. The Canon 1D C comes with physical measurements of 158mm x 164mm x 83mm (6.2" x 6.5" x 3.3") with a weight of 1500 grams (3.31 lbs) and the Canon 1D X III has specifications of 158mm x 168mm x 83mm (6.2" x 6.6" x 3.3") with a weight of 1440 grams (3.17 lbs).

Contrast the Canon 1D C vs Canon 1D X III in the new Camera and Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Do not forget, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will differ depending on the lens you have attached during that time. The following is a front view overall size comparison of the 1D C vs the 1D X III.

Canon 1D C vs Canon 1D X III size comparison

Taking into consideration size and weight, the portability rating of the 1D C and 1D X III is 50 and 50 respectively.

Canon 1D C vs Canon 1D X III top view buttons comparison

Canon 1D C vs Canon 1D X III Sensor Comparison

In many cases, it can be hard to visualise the difference between sensor dimensions just by reading specs. The pic underneath will help give you a much better sense of the sensor sizing in the 1D C and 1D X III.

All in all, both the cameras have the same sensor dimensions but not the same megapixels. You should expect to see the Canon 1D X III to deliver more detail utilizing its extra 2MP. Greater resolution will allow you to crop photos a bit more aggressively. The more aged 1D C is going to be behind when it comes to sensor tech.

Canon 1D C vs Canon 1D X III sensor size comparison

Canon 1D C vs Canon 1D X III Screen and ViewFinder

Canon 1D C vs Canon 1D X III Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Canon 1D C
Portrait photography with Canon 1D X III
80
has manual focus
good MP (18 megapixels)
big sensor size (Full frame)
provides face detection autofocus
delivers RAW files
85
focusing manually
good megapixels (20 megapixels)
great sensor size (Full frame)
has face detect focusing
supports RAW files
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Street Comparison

Canon 1D C Street photography advice
Canon 1D X III Street photography advice
59
big sensor size (Full frame)
delivers RAW files
environment proofing
good ISO range (51,200)
fixed screen
lack of image stabilization
62
great sensor size (Full frame)
supports RAW files
provides touch to focus
weather proofing
great ISO range (102,400)
no moving screen
lack of image stabilization
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Sports Comparison

Canon 1D C as a Sports photography camera
Canon 1D X III as a Sports photography camera
76
great max shutter speed (1/8,000 seconds)
good MP (18 megapixels)
big sensor size (Full frame)
provides tracking autofocus
environment proofing
has phase detect autofocus
lack of image stabilization
81
high shutter speed (1/8,000 seconds)
fast continuous shooting (20.0 frames per second)
good megapixels (20 megapixels)
great sensor size (Full frame)
has tracking focus
weather proofing
better than average battery pack (2,850 shots)
comes with phase detect AF
lack of image stabilization
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Travel Comparison

Canon 1D C Travel photography features
Canon 1D X III Travel photography features
60
environment proofing
good MP (18MP)
does not have selfie friendly display
67
better than average battery pack (2,850 shots)
weather proofing
provides touch to focus
good megapixels (20MP)
display isn't selfie friendly
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Landscape Comparison

Canon 1D C as a Landscape photography camera
Canon 1D X III as a Landscape photography camera
76
has manual focus
switch lenses (Canon EF mount)
good sized screen (3.2 inch)
good MP (18 megapixels)
big sensor size (Full frame)
good ISO range (51,200)
delivers RAW files
environment proofing
has dual storage slots
lack of image stabilization
80
focusing manually
switch lenses (Canon EF mount)
screen size is good (3.2")
good megapixels (20 megapixels)
great sensor size (Full frame)
great ISO range (102,400)
supports RAW files
weather proofing
better than average battery pack (2,850 shots)
2 card slots
lack of image stabilization
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Vlogging Comparison

Canon 1D C Vlogging highlights
Canon 1D X III Vlogging highlights
28
provides face detection autofocus
video res high (4096 x 2160 pixels)
has external mic jack
does not have selfie friendly display
lack of image stabilization
30
touchscreen capability
has face detect focusing
high video quality (5472 x 2886 pxls)
does have mic support
display isn't selfie friendly
lack of image stabilization
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Canon 1D C vs Canon 1D X III Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Canon 1D C and Canon 1D X III
 Canon EOS-1D CCanon EOS-1D X Mark III
General Information
Brand Canon Canon
Model Canon EOS-1D C Canon EOS-1D X Mark III
Class Pro DSLR Pro DSLR
Announced 2012-04-12 2020-01-07
Physical type Large SLR Large SLR
Sensor Information
Processor Chip Dual Digic 5+ Digic X
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size Full frame Full frame
Sensor dimensions 36 x 24mm 36 x 24mm
Sensor area 864.0mm² 864.0mm²
Sensor resolution 18 megapixels 20 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 3:2 3:2
Highest Possible resolution 5184 x 3456 5472 x 3648
Maximum native ISO 51200 102400
Maximum enhanced ISO 204800 819200
Minimum native ISO 100 100
RAW files
Minimum enhanced ISO - 50
Autofocusing
Manual focus
Touch focus
AF continuous
Single AF
Tracking AF
Selective AF
Center weighted AF
Multi area AF
AF live view
Face detect AF
Contract detect AF
Phase detect AF
Number of focus points 61 191
Cross focus points 41 155
Lens
Lens mount Canon EF Canon EF
Total lenses 250 250
Crop factor 1 1
Screen
Display type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display size 3.2 inch 3.2 inch
Display resolution 1,040k dots 2,100k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch friendly
Display technology Clear View II TFT LCD -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Optical (pentaprism) Optical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder coverage 100 percent 100 percent
Viewfinder magnification 0.76x 0.76x
Features
Min shutter speed 30 seconds 30 seconds
Max shutter speed 1/8000 seconds 1/8000 seconds
Continuous shutter rate 14.0 frames per second 20.0 frames per second
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range no built-in flash no built-in flash
Flash options E-TTL II Auto Flash, Metered Manual no built-in flash
External flash
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Max flash synchronize 1/250 seconds -
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Video resolutions 4096 x 2160 (24 fps), 1920 x 1080 (60, 50, 30, 25, 24 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 50 fps), 640 x 480 (60, 50 fps) 5472 X 2886 (60p, 30p, 25p, 24p, 23.98p), 1920 x 1080 (120p, 60p, 50p, 25p, 24p, 23.98p)
Maximum video resolution 4096x2160 5472x2886
Video format MPEG-4, H.264, Motion JPEG MPEG-4, H.264, H.265
Mic support
Headphone support
Connectivity
Wireless Optional Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB none USB 3.1 Gen 1 (5 GBit/sec)
GPS Optional Built-in
Physical
Environment sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 1500g (3.31 lb) 1440g (3.17 lb)
Physical dimensions 158 x 164 x 83mm (6.2" x 6.5" x 3.3") 158 x 168 x 83mm (6.2" x 6.6" x 3.3")
DXO scores
DXO Overall score not tested not tested
DXO Color Depth score not tested not tested
DXO Dynamic range score not tested not tested
DXO Low light score not tested not tested
Other
Battery life - 2850 shots
Battery style - Built-in
Battery model LP-E4N -
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec, remote) Yes
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage Compact Flash (Type I or II), UDMA compatible Dual CFexpress type B
Card slots Dual Dual
Cost at release $6,499 $6,499