Canon announced the development of the Canon EOS-1D X Mark III a few weeks ago. Since they did not disclose all the specifications there is always room for a new Canon EOS-1D X Mark III rumor.
It suggested the Canon EOS-1D X Mark III might sport a 24MP image sensor. It seems the people that is testing the Canon EOS-1D X Mark III is not allowed to use a memory card in the camera, so for the time being there is no reliable intel available about the image sensor. This might change in the future. However, a 24MP is considered likely.
We expect the Canon EOS-1D X Mark III to get announced to the masses at the beginning of February 2020. An early 2020 announcement has been confirmed by an authoritative source In the meantime I’m sure we will see more Canon EOS-1D X Mark III rumor surface.
30.3 Megapixel Full-frame CMOS Sensor and DIGIC 8 Image Processor
Modified Filter for Enhanced Night Sky Recording
Dual Pixel CMOS AF with 5,655 Manually Selectable AF Positions
RF Mount Compatible with RF Lenses and EF/EF-S Lenses* (with Optional Mount Adapter EF-EOS R)
4K 30p with Canon Log and 10-bit 4:2:2 HDMI Output
Built-in EVF with 3.69 Million Dots, Vari-angle Touchscreen LCD and Dot-matrix LCD Panel
Sophistication in a Lightweight, Compact Size
High Magnification Ratio of 30x in Live View
USB Charge Compatible
Update: The Canon EOS Ra leaked at Adorama. Retail price for the body only option is $2,499.
About Canon EOS Ra
Canon’s first full-frame mirrorless camera dedicated to deep sky and night sky photography
Capture the intricacies of a starry night sky with the new EOS Ra camera — Canon’s first full-frame mirrorless camera dedicated to deep sky and night sky photography. Building on the success of the EOS R, the EOS Ra offers 30x magnification in both the viewfinder and in Live View shooting for more accurate focus.
Modified Filter for Enhanced Night Sky Recording
Positioned in front of the CMOS imaging sensor, The EOS Ra’s infrared-cutting filter is modified to permit approximately 4x as much transmission of hydrogen alpha rays at the 656nm wavelength, vs. standard EOS R cameras. This allows for a higher transmission of deep red infrared rays emitted by nebulae, without requiring any other specialized optics or accessories.
Ahead of the its announcement, product images of the Canon EOS Ra leaked over at Nokishita. The product leaflet already leaked weeks ago.
The Canon EOS Ra is an EOS R full frame mirrorless camera modified for astrophotography. While the camera operation mode is the same as the EOS R, the EOS Ra has approximately four times the transmittance of hydrogen-alpha light (656 nm) as the EOS R.
Photographs of subjects that reflect a lot of infrared light will therefore appear redder than they actually are. This is good for astrophotography and less optimal for normal photography. With the EOS Ra it may not be possible to obtain an appropriate color balance and uneven colors may result when shooting normal subjects.
So far some of the previously rumored features have proven to be unreliable (6K video, 30fps, IBIS). Some people in the industry thinks Canon did the development announcement for the Canon EOS-1D X Mark III to counter the speculations of the rumor mills.
The latest rumored specifications for the Canon EOS-1D X Mark III are of the vague nature, and for that reason might be even correct:
The battery life is nothing short of amazing, much better than the EOS-1D X Mark II
The silent shutter mode in liveview is absolutely silent
The eye AF works incredibly well (via liveview we are assuming)
The AF-ON trackpad is so innovative, works fast and it very precise. In the source’s words, “it’s a real revolution. Nobody will be using the old joystick”
It’s plausible that Canon might introduce these features on their next full frame flagship.
We now know for sure that the Canon EOS-1D X Mark III will be released early 2020, most likely in February.
Not the first time that a Canon exec suggests there will be a high-end Canon EOS R model, but it’s nice to hear it again.
The Canon exec is David Parry, Canon UK’s product intelligence consultant, interviewed by the folks at Digital Camera World. And what you can read below about the high-end Canon EOS R is marketing department language at its finest:
There’s a high-end EOS R in consideration […] So we are considering bringing a high end EOS R to the market.
If we do, it will have dual card slots, it will be that sort of level, and under development is in-body image stabilization. So we are looking at this technology, it is in development with us.
I think in-body IS is really exciting for us, if we do bring it to market and it does come across, I think it could be really good and I think it says something about our [EOS] R series.
So, just to get it straight.
Canon is considering to release a high end EOS R body
If they do (if!) then it will have dual card slots
If they do it then it will have IBIS (In Body Image Stabilisation)
IBIS is exciting and would be good for the EOS R lineup
This camera has approximately four times the transmittance of hydrogen-alpha light (656 nm) as the EOS R. Photographs of subjects that reflect a lot of infrared light will therefore appear redder than they actually are. Also, as it may not be possible to obtain an appropriate color balance or uneven colors may result, shooting normal subjects with this camera is not recommended.
Camera operations are essentially the same as for the EOS R. Refer to the included EOS R Getting Started Guide (booklet). Additionally, you can download the EOS R Advanced User Guide (PDF file) from the Canon website.
So far we only know that the Canon EOS Ra will have a full frame image sensor.