One of the most bittersweet advancements in the broad world of consumer electronics has been the rise of the mirrorless cameras. They are remarkable pieces of technology that have made it easier than ever to take great photos, but they’ve led to the slow demise of the SLR—a gadget whose fundamental design has been with us for more than 70 years. But if you ask Canon, the venerable single-lens reflex is not yet dead. At CES, the iconic camera company announced their most ambitious DSLR model ever, the Canon EOS-1D X Mark III. We spent some time chatting with Canon and took a deep dive into the features of this new flagship camera. Check out the video below to find out what the Canon 1D X Mark III has in store.
If you just want a quick rundown on the major features, here are the main points of the new Canon 1-D X Mark III:
20.1 MP full-frame sensor – It’s the same resolution as its predecessor, but it has been redesigned and is now powered by an updated Digic X processor, promising better speed and high ISO performance.
High Efficiency Image File Format (HEIF) Shooting – a better file format than the JPEG, providing more information in a smaller file size. HEIF can also capture a higher dynamic range than JPEG.
16 and 20 fps burst shooting – The Canon 1D X Mark III will do 16 frames per second when using the optical viewfinder, and 20 frames per second while using Live View. If you haven’t watched the video, you should still check out the glorious sound of a mirror moving at 16fps.
Updated autofocus – 191 points of AF when using the viewfinder; 90% horizontal and 100% vertical coverage, plus eye detection, in Live View.
Dual CFExpress card slots – the new card standard is more robust than SDXC cards, and can transfer twice as fast as the lesser standard’s top theoretical speed.
More robust construction – the Canon 1D X Mark III sports updated weather sealing and a shutter now rated to 500k shots.
5.5K/60p 12-bit raw video recording – the 1D X Mark III is Canon’s highest-performing DSLR for video, putting it nearly on par with their cinema cameras.
Canon says the new flagship will be on store shelves by mid next month.