The New Generation Of The Emperor On The Scene Full-frame Flagship Slr Eos-1d X Mark Iii Review


[Bestbuy618 Digital Channel] Canon’s EOS-1D X Mark III, designed for professional photographers in fields such as news reporting and sports photography, was officially released in early 2020. The EOS-1D X Mark III also inherits the noble lineage of the EOS-1D series, and in official terms, it is a professional model that carries dreams and demonstrates Canon’s technical strength. The EOS-1D X Mark III is equipped with a newly developed 20.1-megapixel low-noise full-frame image sensor, and the common ISO has been increased to 100-102400; it is also equipped with a newly developed high-performance DIGIC X digital image processor, which effectively improves noise reduction performance; and improves image processing performance by about 3.1 times, as well as computational processing performance by about 380 times.

The most surprising thing is that the new camera’s performance has improved while the weight of the body has not increased, in fact, it is 90g lighter than its predecessor; however, we still feel the charm of this flagship camera from the appearance, performance parameters, and actual shooting!

In terms of appearance, the EOS-1D X Mark III and its predecessor are essentially the same; grip body integrated design to maintain the flagship camera should look like, and friends familiar with the series who purchase the new camera can immediately begin shooting. The body measures approximately 158*167.6*82.6mm and weighs approximately 1250g (body only). As a professional-grade camera, the EOS-1D X Mark III’s body is made of lightweight, sturdy magnesium alloy that is impact-resistant, highly reliable, and has good electromagnetic shielding.

Furthermore, the camera seams, buttons, and dial edge seams are treated with a water-drop and dust-proof treatment to effectively inhibit the intrusion of raindrops or dust, etc. In terms of battery life, the EOS-1D X Mark III employs the same lithium battery LP-E19 as its predecessor, and the battery can be universal, making it suitable for older users.

However, this does not imply that the new camera’s battery life is the same as that of its predecessor, as Canon has significantly updated its hardware and software to optimize battery consumption management. According to the official information provided, the number of shots taken with the optical viewfinder has increased from about 1210 to about 2850, the number of shots taken with the live display has increased from about 260 to about 610, and the shooting time for 4K c has increased from about 260 to about 610.

AF-ON demo The buttons on the back of the camera, including menu, information, playback, zoom, delete, and many other frequently used buttons, have a backlight function. When the LCD illumination button is pressed, these buttons will also light up, making it easier for photographers to accurately control the camera settings in low light conditions. The camera has dual CFexpress memory card slots with a variety of storage options, including separate recording of still images and clips, etc. The CFexpress memory card has an extremely fast transfer speed of up to 1.97GB/sec, allowing for fast storage of up to 20 frames/sec continuous shooting and the massive amount of data generated by RAW clip shooting, allowing for over 1000 frames when shooting RAW JPEG.

When shooting RAW JPEG, the EOS-1D X Mark III can shoot more than 1,000 frames per second. The EOS-1D X Mark III’s Gigabit Ethernet interface provides a stable network connection, and the camera’s internal high-speed processing enables smooth transmission of large amounts of data, such as high-speed continuous shooting. A high-speed and convenient Wi-Fi connection can be achieved using the relatively low-interference 5GHz band with the separately available wireless file transmitter WFT-E9C.

To dramatically improve noise reduction performance, the EOS-1D X Mark III employs a newly developed low-noise full-frame CMOS image sensor in conjunction with a new DIGIC X digital image processor. The standard sensitivity has been increased to ISO 100-102400 compared to its predecessor, and the extended sensitivity is even higher than ISO 819200. In the test, the aperture was fixed, the ISO was gradually increased, in-camera optimization was disabled, and RAW JPG mode was used to shoot.JPG format The ISO 25600 noise phenomenon began to appear, but the impact on the image was minimal.

Image graininess is visible at ISO 102400, and dark details are lost. The image appears off-color as the ISO increases, and the image is essentially not used in non-essential situations.RAW format The RAW format has more space for post-production than JPG images, and the image quality is indeed better. Dark details are still visible up to ISO 25600, and some dark details are retained at ISO 51200, in addition to the obvious noise, which is now also in this class, you know that the JPG format ISO 25600 can be seen obvious noise.

However, even at the highest ISO, the image is still off-color, and usability is low.

In addition to sensitivity, I believe that users must be very interested in the tolerance of this newly developed image sensor. They frequently encounter underexposure or overexposure, especially with the uncertainty of outdoor shooting. So, as a professional flagship DSLR, is the EOS-1D X Mark III’s performance satisfactory? We put it to the test again using the RAW JPG recording method.JPG formatRAW format Whether in JPG or RAW format, underexposure can be pulled to a level comparable to normal exposure.

In the case of overexposure, the JPG format can be pulled back by one stop, but in the case of overexposure by two or three stops, the white part of the image cannot be saved, and there is a slight color shift in the case of overexposure by three stops. Overall, the tolerance performance of the EOS-1D X Mark III is still good; after all, most photographers understand that it is better to be under-exposed than over-exposed.

It’s worth noting that the EOS-1D X Mark III now supports the HEIF image format. As we can see, the HEIF format is roughly half the size of traditional JPG file storage, but it has a 10-bit color depth, allowing for a wider color gamut and richer layers.??? The EOS-1D X Mark III has a newly developed high-resolution autofocus sensor, which increases the number of autofocus points to a maximum of 191 and the number of cross-type focus points to a maximum of 155. The camera’s low-light focus sensitivity was clearly felt in the actual shot; after brightening the original image by two stops, we can see that the focus point in the animal’s eye is in precise focus and the surrounding hair is clearly visible.

When the EOS-1D X Mark III has a built-in approximately 0.4 megapixel RGB infrared metering sensor with a new algorithm to achieve head, face, etc. detection, it improves the ability to capture and track people in autofocus. It is worth noting that the new algorithm, which is still in the development stage, uses deep learning technology to improve its ability to detect people’s heads. Due to the current pause in sports activities, we show this test by flipping the screen.

It is clear that the EOS-1D X Mark III recognizes faces and eyes quite quickly, and even when it encounters a switched screen, it recognizes the subject in a very short time.

The EOS-1D X Mark III has a redesigned mirror drive unit that enables high-speed continuous shooting with a mechanical shutter of up to approximately 16 frames per second, even when shooting with the optical viewfinder.Continuous shooting demonstration The EOS-1D X Mark III’s continuous shooting speed reached a maximum of about 20 frames/second (servo autofocus) when the reflector was raised during live display shooting, an industry first.

Those who have used the EOS-1D X Mark III know that it also has a high level of video attainment; its shooting ability is comparable to that of professional-grade cameras. And, thanks to the advantages of its full-frame large base, the field of view and bokeh effect is more outstanding. When we open the EOS-1D X Mark III video menu, we can see that the camera can shoot the format, covering all of today’s mainstream formats. The camera also supports 4K UHD clips with a resolution of 38402160, which is suitable for video production in mainstream TV media, and it can shoot professional video footage with 5.5K 12-bit RAW in-camera recording at a frame rate of nearly 60fps.

Short film, so that we in the post-production of video, with more adjustable space, and even better than the original Canon Log mode; however, it should be noted that the EOS-1D X Mark III currently shoots video in CRM format, so if you don’t have a professional non-linear editing software plug-in, you can also use Digital Photo Professional for preview and post-production work. When the function is enabled, the EOS-1D X Mark III also supports full-pixel dual-core CMOS AF focusing and can detect a person’s eyes and head while shooting to ensure slow-motion images with high-precision focus.

In summary, the EOS-1D X Mark III can shoot both stills and video, and its improved focus, continuous shooting, and control performance make it the most powerful flagship DSLR camera this year. The EOS-1D X Mark III is the model of choice for photographers specializing in news coverage, sports photography, environmental photography, and other professional fields.