Breaking the camera limit Canon EOS-1D X Mark III flagship SLR review
Today we bring you the relevant evaluation of Canon EOS-1D X Mark III. This camera was released on January 7 this year and is a flagship SLR camera with superior strength. The flagship SLR camera has powerful dynamic capture capabilities and excellent high-sensitivity performance. It is the most important combat weapon for professional photographers in the sports arena. This Canon camera is the most powerful flagship I believe in the past two years. camera.
The battlefield for flagship cameras is currently only Canon, Nikon and Sony. Canon EOS-1D X Mark III has been upgraded this time. Almost all the functions of the body have been upgraded. In contrast, the Sony A9 II and Nikon D6 next door have adopted a relatively conservative upgrade strategy this time.
Regarding the actual performance of the 1DX Mark III, the author believes that the advantages of this camera have the following points in actual use:
1. The camera has an excellent sense of quality. It has a very high availability under ISO 12800. ISO It also has a certain degree of usability under 25600.
2, the new 191-point focusing system, the focus coverage is wide, the focus response is sensitive
3, the real-time viewfinder adds a full-pixel dual-core, the focus is fast and Sensitive and supports eye focus
4, continuous shooting speed can reach up to 20fps, and it is a mechanical shutter, don’t worry about jelly
5, continuous shooting battery life is the most amazing, tested and used With a 512GB CFexpress high-speed card, you can continuously shoot 10136 RAW+JPG pictures
6, video shooting supports 5.5K 60P RAW format, the format is CRM, the same as the C series cameras
7. Improved network transmission and remote control performance
For flagship SLR cameras, they are mainly used in extreme environments such as sports photography, wild shooting, bird photography, etc. Therefore, this type of camera needs to be more durable Body design and stronger focusing driving force. In terms of controllability, 1DX Mark III is a full-size SLR body, which can be operated flexibly in a variety of shooting environments and can shoot freely.
For this camera, I gave a high score of 9.5, which is the highest score I have given for the camera body in the past two years.
Next we will enter the actual test of this camera.
一. Body design
Canon 1DX Mark III as a full-size SLR camera, has a complete vertical handle design, Body weight is 1440g. For this level of camera, not only the body performance is emphasized, but also the shooting control of the body and the shooting feel of using an ultra-telephoto lens. The grip of this camera is very good, even if you use a telephoto lens above 400mm for a long time, you will not get tired.
From the perspective of the body design, The design elements of this camera are very similar to those of the 1DX Mark II. Compared with other series, the shape of Canon’s flagship machine is more determined. The front part of the fuselage has more custom buttons for photographers to set the button logic suitable for shooting scenery.
The back of the camera uses a very classic button layout. The button layout of Canon cameras has always been relatively stable. For any Canon camera user, the 1DX Mark III can actually be used quickly. The top of the fuselage is a common button design, and the lower handle position also includes a secondary screen, as well as AF-ON, exposure lock, focus mode switching buttons, and a switch can turn on or off the vertical shooting handle button to avoid accidental touch. It is worth noting that the AF-ON button of this camera has a new design, and the button feels better.
For the top of the camera, the left is Mode selection button, shooting mode switching button and metering mode selection button. On the right is a very classic Canon camera button layout.
The memory card of this camera uses dual CFexpress card slots, To meet the needs of high-speed continuous shooting and actual shooting. The card slot has a locking device and needs to be unlocked to open, which is the consistent design of the 1D series.
The interface of the camera is very rich, not only has the conventional TYPE-C, microphone, headphone interface, but also has the network cable interface on the flagship machine.
The last battery, the camera battery model For the LP-E19, it can take 2850 photos, or take 2 hours and 20 minutes of 4K video. But in fact, if it is high-speed capture, the camera’s shooting life can be longer.
2. Picture quality test
Next, let’s take a look at the actual test of Canon 1D X Mark III. Let’s talk about the image quality of the body first. The native sensitivity of this camera is ISO 100-102400, and it can reach a super-high sensitivity of 819200 by expanding the sensitivity. Let’s take a look at the actual high sense performance of the camera. Since the sensitivity range is very large, let’s first look at the image quality performance of ISO 100-6400.
For this camera, the availability of ISO 6400 is very high, whether it is day or night, ISO 6400 can achieve relatively good noise control performance. Above ISO 6400, it enters the high-sensitivity range. Let’s take a look at the high-sensitivity control noise of ISO 12800-819200.
At ISO 51200, the camera’s image quality performance began to drop significantly, so the highest usable range of this camera is about ISO 25600. However, for sports photography, it is far better to take a good shot, so if you want to shoot for the extreme, ISO 51200 or even ISO 102400 can be tried.
Now let’s take a look at the camera’s high sense performance during actual shooting. This picture is a bird shot at ISO 1000. The details of the picture are quite rich, and the noise is within an acceptable range.
This one was taken by ISO 6400 Dark night photos, because it is night, there are more black areas in this kind of photos, and there will be much more noise compared to the test environment, but the camera still shows good noise control capabilities.
The following photo uses ISO Shot at 12800. In terms of lighting, this was shot with only a little street light. At this sensitivity, the camera’s image quality is fairly good. In the face of extreme darkness, the camera can sacrifice certain image details in exchange for a relatively pure image.
Let’s take a look at 1D X Mark III tolerance test. First of all, let’s look at the tolerance performance of ISO 100.
The latitude performance is what surprises me very much. The latitude performance of this camera is quite good. At ISO 100, there will be no too much noise and no color cast at ISO 100. It can be said that the latitude performance of this camera is very good.
We use the high-sensitivity test latitude. The camera’s latitude performance is still good. It can brighten the dark part by 2 stops at ISO 3200 and still has good image quality. For high-sensitivity tolerance, this performance is quite good.
3. Continuous shooting performance
Before talking about focusing, let’s talk about continuous shooting. The continuous shooting performance of this camera can be said to have broken the limit of the camera. In addition to this camera, the Sony A9 generation should have the largest number of continuous shooting shots, which can achieve 362 JPG battery life, or 241 compressed RAW battery life. And Canon 1D X Mark III can achieve continuous shooting of more than 1000 frames in RAW+JPG format!
And this is not the end. If you use a high-speed CFexpress card, such as the 512GB Sandisk Extreme CFexpress card used in the test, you can achieve unlimited continuous shooting in the true sense! In the actual test, we can take more than 10,000 photos. In the test, the author took 10136 photos, and the battery life is amazing.
In fact, the continuous shooting speed of the camera has also taken a qualitative leap. The camera can achieve a continuous shooting speed of 16fps under the optical viewfinder, and if you use real-time view, that is, when the reflector is not working, you can achieve a continuous shooting speed of 20fps.
It is worth noting that Canon’s 20fps supports mechanical shutter and electronic shutter, which means this is the first camera that can achieve 20fps mechanical shutter continuous shooting, so you don’t have to worry about high-speed shooting. Jelly effect.
Another point is that the camera can not only record JPG format, but also 10bit HEIF format, which can provide better photo tolerance than JPG format. However, there are not many post softwares that can open HEIIF at present. If you need to use HEIF , You can open the camera settings, HDR photos.
Four. Focus test
One of the most important upgrade points of this camera is the brand-new focus system, and the two cameras The focus system has been upgraded.
First of all, let’s talk about the 191-point focusing system under the optical viewfinder. The camera’s focusing system not only covers a wide area, but also has 155 cross-focus points, which is now the SLR camera with the most cross-focus points. The camera’s focus system also supports -4EV low light focus, even at night, it can also be dynamic capture.
We can take a look at the capture success rate in this extreme low-light environment, when the sensitivity has soared to ISO 51200. We captured 100% details and we can see that the focus is still very solid.
Let’s take a look at the success rate of focus tracking for conventional shooting. We still use the most commonly used cycling test method, using the 191-point focusing system under the optical viewfinder, with a continuous shooting speed of 16fps. We randomly intercepted 4 facial information, and the focus is very accurate. In this state, the focus success rate can be said to be 100%.
The following test is in The camera’s focusing performance in the presence of obstacles. We also used the cycling test, but added trees as the spool object. Canon 1D X Mark III can quickly focus when there are obstacles. It is not an exaggeration to say that this is the best camera focus system available now.
we can see more of this An example of the focus test of a camera in actual combat. Whether shooting sports scenes or tracking birds, the focus system of this camera is almost stress-free.
It is worth noting that EOS- The 400,000-pixel RGB+ infrared metering sensor of 1D X Mark III improves the ability to capture and track people during autofocus, and the high-speed processing of the new DIGIC X processor improves the subject tracking of EOS iTR AF Performance, so the face and torso of a person can be locked in real time even when the face is blocked, ensuring stable tracking and shooting. This is a great advantage for shooting sports events such as fencing, where helmets are worn to cover the face.
Another point, the camera is focusing in real-time view , It not only supports facial recognition and eye focus, but also has a very fast response speed without any delay in the display, and the camera’s focus accuracy is very high when actually focusing.
Not only that, in scenes without people, Canon 1D X Mark III’s real-time view focusing is also very powerful, even if it is tracking bird movements at dusk, it can also be successfully tracked at 20fps.
It is worth mentioning that, although the camera’s live view focusing system is also full-pixel dual-core focusing, it is indeed the fastest one of the Canon’s full-pixel dual-core focusing that I have used. It also has real-time view focusing with the addition of Canon EOS R5. At this level, the dynamic capture capability of R5 will also be very powerful.
5. Video shooting
Although the flagship camera is not a video camera in the strict sense, for sports reporters, the video function is equally important, especially during sports events. , Need to set up a remote control camera position, at this time video performance is very critical.
The video shooting of Canon 1D X Mark III can support 5.5K 60P RAW format output, RAW file is 12bit; or 5.5K as supersampling, output 4K 60P conventional video format. At the same time, if 4K video output is used, the camera can record Canon C-Log curve internally.
The 5.5K video RAW of this camera is the same as the Canon C series camcorders. We can use Canon DPP software to adjust, just like adjusting RAW file photos, to color the video. If we use a plug-in, we can also directly open the CRM file through Final Cut, Da Vinci and other software.
We can take a look at the actual resolution of Canon’s 5.5K video RAW format. At 5.5K resolution, the details are more delicate than 4K video.
but need to explain, if we use 5.5K 60P RAW format shooting does not support auto focus and electronic image stabilization. In other formats, Canon’s autofocus during video shooting is actually very sensitive.
From the perspective of resolution and image quality, since the sensor and processor of this camera are very powerful, the camera’s video sense is very good, which is very suitable for shooting videos under low light.
6. Network performance
The network performance of this camera has also been greatly upgraded. The camera has an RJ45 network port and a system expansion terminal. WFT-E9C can be installed, so that the camera has a 5G Wi-Fi transmission function and is more efficient.
In addition, the camera also has FTP transfer This is the basic attribute of the flagship machine. The camera is also equipped with a voice memo, which can help photographers quickly record photo content information.
For the Canon Connect mobile app, Canon 1D X Mark III not only has a faster transmission speed, but also supports more connection methods. The shooting efficiency is also higher when using the mobile app to directly control the camera.
Seven. Summary and samples
If Canon 1D X Mark III is the most powerful SLR camera right now, there is no problem at all. This camera can be said to have broken many of the camera’s limit settings, with unparalleled continuous shooting performance, and powerful focusing performance, whether it is day or night, this camera can bring the most extraordinary dynamic capture.
The image quality of the camera is the most basic guarantee for combat effectiveness. The high-sensation performance of this camera is quite excellent, and it can also provide pure image quality when shooting at night. The latitude performance of the camera is much better than we expected.
Although the flagship machine is basically used for photo shooting, the 1D X Mark III provides a very powerful video shooting capability. However, when shooting 5.5K RAW video, the stream reached 2700Mbps. In the actual test The file size per minute is about 310Mb, which also places high demands on the speed of the memory card.
Finally, let’s take a look at more real photos of 1D X Mark III.
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