Join Photo Insiders
The Joy Blog

Canon 1DX Mark III vs 1DX Mark II: Should You UPGRADE? (Comparison and Review)

english photography gear
Canon 1DX Mark III vs 1DX Mark II

As a photographer, one question that's always on my mind is whether I should upgrade my gear. With the recent release of the Canon 1DX Mark III, many photographers might be wondering if it's worth upgrading from the 1DX Mark II. In this blog post, I'll share my thoughts on the matter and compare the two cameras to help you make an informed decision.

First and foremost, it's important to consider whether the upgrade will make your life better and whether your clients will be able to tell the difference between the images and experience. This should be your primary consideration before making any upgrades to your equipment.

In terms of technical specifications, the Canon 1DX Mark III and the 1DX Mark II have a similar megapixel count, but the 1DX Mark III has a 16-point low pass filter and a new DIGIC X processor, which is three times faster in image processing and 380 times faster in computing. The 1DX Mark III also has CF Express dual card slots, which are faster and more reliable but also more expensive.

One significant difference between the two cameras is the frames per second. The 1DX Mark II has 14 frames per second while the 1DX Mark III has 16 frames per second, and even goes up to 20 frames per second when using Y view. This improvement is great for sports photographers or those who photograph wildlife, but it might not be worth upgrading for others.

Another major difference is the silent shutter capability. The 1DX Mark III has a full silent shutter, whereas the 1DX Mark II had a silent mode but still made some noise. This improvement is great for photojournalistic scenarios where silent shutter is required and can be a major selling point for clients who value a quiet shooting experience.

The biggest improvement in the 1DX Mark III, in my opinion, is the autofocus capability. The camera has added face and head detection when shooting through the viewfinder, as well as eye detection when shooting in live view. The LCD is also a touchscreen and there's a new smart controller button that allows you to toggle through the 191 focus points with ease. These focusing enhancements alone make the upgrade worth it in my opinion.

I've been using the 1DX Mark III for a while now and I can confidently say that my photos have come back sharper, even when shooting in lower apertures. The deep learning technology has given me the freedom to shoot in lower apertures and be more confident when shooting moving subjects.

In conclusion, whether or not you should upgrade to the Canon 1DX Mark III depends on your individual needs as a photographer. Consider whether the upgrade will make your life better and whether your clients will be able to tell the difference between the images or experience. While the upgrade may come with some expenses, the improvements in autofocus and silent shutter capabilities make it worth considering for many photographers.

Ready to learn more?

Take the free Speed Posing 101 class

Learn how to pose individuals, couples, and groups with precision and speed. This free class will help you shoot with confidence no matter the situation and consistently wow your clients with a variety of stunning images.

Take the free class

Latest from the blog

BUDGET Photography Gear SHOOTOUT | ft. Taylor Jackson | Ep 20

EASY Studio Photography setup for Modeling Portfolios


Meet Vanessa

Photography education that gives your art an edge

Vanessa has been photographing weddings, events, portraits and lifestyle for over 20 years.

She's a Canon Explorer of Light, an honor given to only 5 photographers in the United States, and her work has been published by Yahoo! News, Grace Ormonde, Style Me Pretty, Rangefinder and more.

With her practical and open-book style of teaching, she shares everything she knows with hundreds of thousands of photographers as an educator and influential sparker.

Work with Vanessa →

Join Vanessa Joy's Photo Insiders

Come sit at our “lunch table” and learn with top-notch video lessons released monthly, a private community and live photoshoots. Join our live group coaching calls, request videos, and get your individual questions answered.

Become a member

Free downloads

Don't leave without your goody bag
Free Preset

Steal my favorite preset

Save time editing with this preset that I personally use on my outdoor photos to brighten and warm up the scene.

Get it now

Free guide

The Posing Inspiration Guide

Use my poses that your clients will love. Swipe ideas for posing individuals, couples, groups, and details.

I want it

Free Class

Speed Posing 101

Struggling feeling confident shooting, delivering a variety of images, and posing with precision and speed? This is for you!

Watch now

Get photography tips and resources

Join our email list to get it all directly in your inbox.