Canon Issuing Firmware Update in April That Fixes 1D X Mark III’s Lockup Issue


You might remember our story some time back about certain issues users were experiencing with their Canon 1D X Mark III wherein the camera would lockup.

Photo by EOS 1D X Mark III from Canon.

The problem, described by Canon, is, “The phenomenon may occur when the camera is being used with the electronic level set to ‘Show’ in the viewfinder display. In rare cases, the camera may not perform as it was designed to when operating the AF-ON button or shutter button.”

Now some good news: The company has a fix, but it won’t be here until at least April. Until then they have a nifty little workaround you can try using.

As DPReview reports and noted above by Canon, the lockup is thought to be caused by the camera’s “Electronic level.” Turning this off will apparently prevent the lockup issue entirely.

You can watch a video discussing this by clicking here.

If that doesn’t sound like something you can live with, well, April is just around the corner.

None of this has stopped people on the Internet from commenting about their general disappointment with the situation. That’s pretty understandable given the camera’s price but it’s also something to be expected given the forum and its tendencies. Outside of this issue, however, most reviews of the 1D X Mark III are extremely positive which just goes to show you that even the best can miss a step here and there.

Have you experienced this issue with the Canon 1D X Mark III? Have you tried the fix that Canon is suggesting? Let us know your thoughts on this story in the comments section below if you like.

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