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Nail in the coffin for DSLRs? Canon EOS-1D X Mark III to go mirrorless in 2021

Nail in the coffin for DSLRs? Canon EOS-1D X Mark III to go mirrorless in 2021
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Could the Canon EOS-1D X Mark III be the last flagship DSLR that Canon will produce? It seems so, according to a new rumor. Some might believe that it was only a matter of time before the Canon EOS-1D X Mark III was usurped by a mirrorless replacement, while others might already be mourning the loss of such an iconic camera series.

However, with mirrorless technology advancing in leaps and bounds, it's not surprising that Canon would turn its attention to updating its flagship professional line with an RF mount twist.

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According to rumor website Canon Rumors, an RF mount version of the Canon EOS-1D X Mark III could be announced (opens in new tab) in 2021 (likely to be in the second half of the year). With the typical lifespan of an EOS-1D X camera measuring in at four years, a rumored announcement date of late 2021 seems a little too close for this RF mount version to really be considered a true replacement. 

However, this could actually be a boon for Canon professional users. With (roughly) two and a half years left on their camera's lifespan, pros will be able to transition slowly over to the RF mount. Having native lenses will be even more important for professional shooters (who will likely have more lenses than most!), so giving pros a decent period of transition would probably work pretty well.

Details on specifications are pretty scarce at the moment – which you might expect, considering it could be over a year until its announcement. However, the one piece of information Canon Rumors was told was that the "Canon EOS R1" won't be using the Canon EOS-1D X Mark III sensor.

It could be quite a while until we hear any further information on a mirrorless version of the EOS-1D X Mark III, but this is certainly a juicy rumor that we'll be interested to follow in the future. 

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