For professional sports and news photographers, time is money – in more ways than one. It's not just the split-second timing required to capture the decisive moment in a game or event that affects the bottom line, but also the race to get images to clients as soon as possible.
The FTP Transfer Status Display update for the EOS-1D X Mark III
is designed to make this process easier to manage. It shows a timer on the rear display, so that you'll know exactly how long an image transfer is going to take.
"Everything we do is about trying to gain advantages to make the job quicker," explains sports pro Eddie Keogh. "We need to get our pictures to the clients as fast as we can. Social media is so big these days that everyone wants images immediately, so comms is key to the job."
Eddie says being able to track how long a picture will take to be delivered makes it easier for him to make decisions during a football match. "I can do a few tests before the game kicks off, so I'm able to plan what I'm going to do if the signal's not great in a certain spot.
"I'm lucky because I'm shooting the top of the game – international and Premier League football – and a lot of the grounds have better comms these days, with 5G and Wi-Fi. We even have ethernet cables by the side of the pitch now that we can plug into our cameras.
"But for all the photographers shooting at lower league and non-league grounds who still have to service social media, being able to get an idea of how long a transfer is going to take is so important."
The latest firmware update for the EOS-1D X Mark III
also brings a number of additional FTP control enhancements, including improvements to the default power saving function and passive mode settings. The Multi-controller has also been disabled for FTP transfer in order to prevent accidental operation – a function that has also been extended to the EOS R5
and EOS R6
via their latest firmware updates.
EOS-1D X Mark III firmware update: Protect Image Transfer
A related feature that's been enabled for the EOS-1D X Mark III
is Protect Image Transfer. This time-saving function allows photos that have been protected in-camera to be automatically transferred in one go, and it's a function that the EOS-1D X Mark III shares with the EOS R3
"It's a handy tool," says Eddie. "It means that, as I'm going through a game, I can quickly look on the back of the camera, protect five or six pictures, then go into image transfer and choose to automatically send all those tagged images rather than sending them individually. If there's an injury and someone's down on the ground for a minute or two, that would be a good time to quickly flick through and protect a few images and maybe get them going.
"It's a really nice addition that will appeal to lots of photographers. If a fashion photographer is working for social media and they need to get a few pictures away, for example, they'll be able to have the client looking over their shoulder at the screen, and quickly tag the images that the client likes.
"It's add-ons like this which show that Canon wants to make the camera more user-friendly and to cater for all the different types of photographers that are out there."