Canon 1D X III

 
Canon EOS-1D X Mark III front
 
  • 20MP - Full frame Sensor
  • 3.2" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 102400 (Push to 819200)
  • 1/8000s Max Shutter
  • 5472 x 2886 video
  • Canon EF Mount
  • 1440g - 158 x 168 x 83mm
  • Revealed January 2020
  • Succeeded the Canon 1D X II
  • Read full specs
  • Alternatives
Portability
50
Imaging
76
Features
85
Overall
79

Canon 1D X III summary

Canon 1D X III is Canon's Pro DSLR digital camera initially introduced on January of 2020. The camera uses a 20MP, CMOS Full frame size sensor with a max resolution of 5472 x 3648.

Canon launched this model in order to update the earlier Canon 1D X II (Read Full Comparison)

The 1D X III is placed #3 out of 35 in Pro DSLR cameras and over all #44 out of 1422 for digital cameras in our database. You should check our Smart camera search to get camera listings based on your custom criteria.

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Canon 1D X III history

The Canon 1D X III comes with a history of related digital cameras. Below, you can take a look at all earlier and most recent models along with important specs.

ModelVisualizeResolutionSensor SizeMax fpsReleased
Canon-EOS-1D-X-Mark-III front thumbnailCanon 1D X III20MPFull frame20.0 fps2020
Canon-EOS-1D-X-Mark-II front thumbnailCanon 1D X II
1D X III vs 1D X II
20MPFull frame16.0 fps2016
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Canon-EOS-1D-C front thumbnailCanon 1D C
1D X III vs 1D C
18MPFull frame14.0 fps2012
Canon-EOS-1D-X front thumbnailCanon 1D X
1D X III vs 1D X
18MPFull frame14.0 fps2011
Canon-EOS-1Ds-Mark-III front thumbnailCanon 1Ds MIII
1D X III vs 1Ds MIII
21MPFull frame5.0 fps2008
Canon-EOS-1Ds-Mark-II front thumbnailCanon 1Ds MII
1D X III vs 1Ds MII
17MPFull frame4.0 fps2005
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Canon-EOS-1Ds front thumbnailCanon 1Ds
1D X III vs 1Ds
11MPFull frame3.0 fps2002

Canon 1D X III Pros and Cons

Here is a checklist of good and bad points of the Canon 1D X III based on things which are oftentimes considered useful in a digital camera.

environment proof
fast continuous shooting (20.0 frames/s)
features face detect autofocus
features tracking focus
focusing manually
good high ISO (102,400)
good minimum ISO (100)
great battery pack (2,850 per charge)
has dual storage slots
high shutter speed (1/8,000s)
includes HDMI support
includes headphone jack
includes mic jack
includes Top screen
MP count decent (20MP)
offers touch to focus
screen is touchscreen
screen size is decent (3.2 inch)
sensor has phase detect autofocus
sensor size is big (Full frame)
supports RAW files
swap lenses (Canon EF mount)
very good screen resolution (2,100 k dot)
video res high (5472 x 2886 resolution)
does not have image stabilization
does not have selfie friendly screen
screen is fixed
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Canon 1D X III Sensor information

The Canon 1D X III features the Digic X processor chip. The specification of the sensor in the Canon 1D X III is 36mm x 24mm (Full frame). The 864 mm² sensor can capture 5472 x 3648 pixels with aspect ratios of 3:2.

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The CMOS sensor boasts 20MP and supports a standard ISO range of 100 - 102400. The ISO can also be extended digitally to 50 - 819200. RAW photos are saved so you have more margin for error.

The picture underneath shows the 1D X III's sensor size compared to other popular sizes. The 1D X III sensor comes with a crop factor of 1 and is presented in green.

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To get a sense of various aspect ratios, you should refer to the graphic below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Canon 1D X III dimensions

Canon 1D X III weighs in at 3.17 lbs (1,440 gr or 50.79 ounces) and features external proportions of 158mm x 168mm x 83mm (6.2" x 6.6" x 3.3"). The weight of typical Pro DSLR camera is 1,280 gr so the Canon 1D X III is more heavy compared to its competitors.

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Here is a shot of the Canon 1D X III next to a soda to help you to have a feel for its size.

Canon EOS-1D X Mark III dimensions scale

The top view just below will show the button arrangement on the 1D X III.

Canon EOS-1D X Mark III topview buttons dials

Canon 1D X III Lens information

The 1D X III uses the Canon EF mount and has 299 lenses on the market today. Here is a few of the lenses we have in our database that will fit the 1D X III.

ModelVisualizeFocal LengthApertureStabilizedWeight
Voigtlander-40mm-F2-Ultron-SL-II-Canon-EF lensVoigtlander 40mm F2 Ultron SL II40mmf/2.0 200g
Canon-EF-70-200mm-f2.8L-IS-II-USM lensCanon EF 70-200mm f2.8L IS II USM70-200mmf/2.8 1490g
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Canon-EF-300mm-f2.8L-IS-USM lensCanon EF 300mm f2.8L IS USM300mmf/2.8 2550g
Voigtlander-28mm-F2.8-Color-Skopar-SL-II-Canon-EF lensVoigtlander 28mm F2.8 Color Skopar SL II28mmf/2.8 180g
Tamron-AF-18-200mm-F3.5-6.3-XR-Di-II-LD-Aspherical-IF-Macro-Canon-EF lensTamron AF 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 XR Di II LD Aspherical IF Macro18-200mmf/3.5-6.3 398g
Samyang-XP-50mm-F1.2-Canon-EF lensSamyang XP 50mm F1.250mmf/1.21200g
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Sigma-500mm-F4.5-EX-DG-HSM-Canon-EF lensSigma 500mm F4.5 EX DG HSM500mmf/4.5 3150g
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Canon 1D X III Connectivity

The 1D X III has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • Wireless Yes
  • HDMI Yes
  • GPS Yes

Digital cameras which include NFC or Bluetooth compatibility can be controlled wirelessly via smartphones. You can easily send files and oftentimes change camera settings without connecting straight with the camera.

A few apps also allow a Liveview and hit the shutter whenever you are not close to the camera. If the camera has a HDMI out, it can be attached to an external display. A lot of cameras enable you to charge the battery pack through the USB port.

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Canon 1D X III Video information

The max video quality in the Canon 1D X III is 5472 x 2886 and it can save in MPEG-4, H.264 and H.265 file format. 2886p gives an exceptional quality for video recording. You will be able to downsample to 1080p in order to get better results. Be wary of the considerable file sizes and ensure you own decent SD cards with good write speeds. The body does have both headphone and mic jack making it really valuable while capturing audio.

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Canon 1D X III Weather Sealing

Canon 1D X III provides environment proofing which makes it a good pick to use during rough locations. This is especially handy any time you are not sure about the conditions you might face during outdoor photography.

Canon 1D X III Screen and Viewfinder

The Canon 1D X III houses a 3.2" fixed display screen with a resolution of 2,100k dots.

Additionally the display screen is touch friendly so you will be able to change focus points plus change settings using your fingers. The 1D X III also has a builtin Top screen so that you can instantly view camera settings.

Canon EOS-1D X Mark III screen and viewfinder 400 Megapixel mode coming to Fujifilm GFX 100

The ViewFinder specs regarding Canon 1D X III are as follows:

  • ViewFinder Optical (pentaprism)
  • Coverage 100 percent
  • Magnification 0.76x

Viewfinders can be really helpful during sunny outdoor conditions which can make the camera screen washed out and difficult to view.

Canon 1D X III Shutter information

Canon 1D X III can shoot continuously at 20.0 frames/s. The maximum shutter speed is 1/8000 sec.

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Canon 1D X III Flash and Hot shoe information

Canon 1D X III includes external flash support but is lacking built in flash.

Canon 1D X III Autofocus information

Canon 1D X III includes both Phase Detect Auto Focus and Contrast Detect Auto Focus. Phase Detection autofocusing is a lot quicker and accurate compared to Contrast Detect autofocusing. The camera boasts Face detection which can be helpful for portraits.

The Sensor boasts 191 focus points to select from. Canon 1D X III has touch to focus. You can use your fingers in order to switch focus. It also comes with Tracking Auto Focus for moving objects. Canon 1D X III features manual focus when needed during low light or you want more accurate focus control.

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Canon 1D X III Battery life

The battery pack in the Canon 1D X III is fashioned to last for 2850 photos according to the CIPA standards which is higher than average ın comparison with its class. The usual Pro DSLR camera battery life is 2438. Nikon D3X has got the maximum (4400) battery life within this group of cameras.

Below is a collection of Pro DSLR cameras that come with the strongest battery life:

Canon 1D X III for different categories of photography

The following graph presents a outline of the Canon 1D X III for different categories of photography. To find out more, check out the specific section underneath.

Portrait photography with Canon 1D X III

The Canon 1D X III has a points tally of 85 which is very high, meaning that it is a wonderful pick for portraits. Photographing portrait images favors heavily to sensor dimensions, RAW support plus the ability to use off-camera lighting.

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focusing manually
megapixel count decent (20 megapixels)
large sensor size (Full frame)
includes face detection focus
exports RAW formats

Street photography with Canon 1D X III

Coming in at a very good points tally of 63, the Canon 1D X III is a fine pick to buy for street photography. A decent street photography camera offers a perfect balance of picture quality plus portability.

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sensor size is large (Full frame)
exports RAW formats
includes touch to focus
environment sealing
good ISO range (102,400)
fixed screen
lack of image stabilization

Sports photography with Canon 1D X III

A very high sports photography score of 82 means the Canon 1D X III is a excellent option for shooting sports. A camera needs great autofocus and fast shutter speeds for sports photography.

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high shutter speed (1/8,000 seconds)
high max frames per second (20.0 frames per second)
good megapixels (20 megapixels)
sensor size is big (Full frame)
offers tracking autofocus
weather proofing
good battery power (2,850 shots)
supports phase detect AF
no image stabilization

Canon 1D X III as a Travel photography camera

Size is very critical in getting a camera for travel. All round, the Canon 1D X III gets a nice 67 for a travelling camera which makes it a very decent option to buy for your holidays.

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great battery life (2,850 CIPA)
weather proof
provides focus by touch
resolution is good (20 megapixels)
does not contain selfie friendly display

Canon 1D X III as a Landscape photography camera

If you are planning to buy a camera for landscape pictures, the most important aspect is going to be image quality. The Canon 1D X III with it's excellent grade of 80 for a landscape camera is a great option amongst its competitors.

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has manual focus
interchangeable lenses (Canon EF mount)
good sized screen (3.2 inches)
resolution is good (20 megapixels)
sensor size is large (Full frame)
good ISO range (102,400)
saves RAW files
weather proof
better than average battery (2,850 shots)
has dual storage slots
does not have image stabilization

Canon 1D X III Vlogging highlights

A camera for vlogging ought to have a articulating screen, microphone port and ideally image stabilization. Taking everything into account, the Canon 1D X III is not suitable as a vlog camera as it receives a lousy score of 30.

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touchscreen functionality
offers face detect autofocus
video res high (5472 x 2886 resolution)
does have mic port
does not contain selfie friendly display
lack of image stabilization

Canon 1D X III Alternatives

If you are shopping for replacements to the 1D X III, here is a number of the top rated cameras which fall into the class of Pro DSLR.

The line chart just below will give you a summary of the 1D X III compared to it's top ranking rivals mentioned earlier.

There are more cameras you might have a look at as alternate options. To go through a extensive comparison, simply click the "compare" link.

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Specifications

General Information
Brand
Canon
Model
Canon EOS-1D X Mark III
Type
Pro DSLR
Revealed
2020-01-07
Body design
Large SLR
Sensor Information
Sensor type
CMOS
Processor
Digic X
Sensor size
Full frame
Sensor dimensions
36 x 24mm
Sensor surface area
864.0mm²
Sensor resolution
20MP
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio
3:2
Max resolution
5472 x 3648
RAW format
Max native ISO
102400
Max enhanced ISO
819200
Min native ISO
100
Min enhanced ISO
50
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch to focus
Autofocus continuous
Single autofocus
Tracking autofocus
Autofocus selectice
Autofocus center weighted
Multi area autofocus
Live view autofocus
Face detection focus
Contract detection focus
Phase detection focus
Number of focus points
191
Cross focus points
155
Lens
Lens mounting type
Canon EF
Available lenses
250
Focal length multiplier
1
Screen
Range of screen
Fixed Type
Screen sizing
3.2 inch
Resolution of screen
2,100k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch function
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type
Optical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder coverage
100 percent
Viewfinder magnification
0.76x
DXO scores
DXO Overall score
not tested
DXO Color Depth score
not tested
DXO Dynamic range score
not tested
DXO Low light score
not tested
Features
Min shutter speed
30 seconds
Max shutter speed
1/8000 seconds
Continuous shutter speed
20.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation
Yes
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range
no built-in flash
Flash settings
no built-in flash
External flash
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Supported video resolutions
5472 X 2886 (60p, 30p, 25p, 24p, 23.98p), 1920 x 1080 (120p, 60p, 50p, 25p, 24p, 23.98p)
Max video resolution
5472x2886
Video format
MPEG-4, H.264, H.265
Mic input
Headphone input
Connectivity
Wireless
Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB
USB 3.1 Gen 1 (5 GBit/sec)
GPS
Built-in
Physical
Environmental seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight
1440 grams (3.17 lbs)
Physical dimensions
158 x 168 x 83mm (6.2" x 6.6" x 3.3")
Other
Battery life
2850 images
Battery format
Built-in
Self timer
Yes
Time lapse recording
Storage media
Dual CFexpress type B
Storage slots
Dual
Price at release
$6,499