Canon EOS 1D X Mark III: what we’d like to see in the flagship sports DSLR

Back in 2011, with a launch price of $6,799, the original Canon EOS 1D X  was focused directly at the professional sports photographer. This full-frame DSLR housed an 18.1MP sensor, dual Digic 5+ processors, a 61-point autofocus (AF) system and a decent 14fps burst speed. 

At that time, it was a pretty impressive snapper, although five years later the EOS 1D X Mark II outdid the older camera’s performance, thanks to a pair of Digic 6+ engines working alongside a 20.2MP full-frame CMOS sensor. 

Fast forward to 2019 and the rumors of a third-generation Canon sports DSLR have been heating up. And it makes sense for Canon to announce a brand-new sports DSLR with the 2020 Tokyo Olympics fast approaching.

The EOS 1D X Mark III, if it is going to see the light of day, will not be the only new pro-level camera for sports photographers next year. The third-gen Canon 1D X will likely give the Nikon D6 stiff competition if the rumored specs are to be believed.

The current Canon EOS 1D X Mark II

The current Canon EOS 1D X Mark II

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Canon 1D X Mark III: release date and pricing

When the original EOS 1D X launched in 2011, it was an expensive camera, even for the professionals. Thankfully the EOS 1D X Mark II came with a slightly lower price tag of $5,999 / AU$7,999 and it’s possible to get the camera body for less than that now.

That just goes to show that the EOS 1D X Mark III is not going to be cheap. We’re expecting it to come in at about the same price as its immediate predecessor, if not more.