03-14-2020 04:41 PM
"... the capability may come as part of a firmware update"
I still doubt a FW update will offer it.
Well, N*kon added it to the Z6 and Z7 via firmare update, but I hear ya, this is Canon we're talking about.
Apples to oranges. Nikon Z bodies are mirrorless cameras. The Canon 1Dx III is a DSLR, first and foremost.
The AF systems used in DSLR viewfinders do not have enough AF points to perform the pattern recognition that is probably needed for Eye AF of any kind..
No one said it can't be a Live View feature.
03-14-2020 04:45 PM
"...completely redid the AF system via firmware 2.0, so it wouldn't be a precedent."
Yes, it probably would be precedent setting. Upgrading a system, like AF, that the 1D series already has is one thing but adding something it doesn't have is totally different.
03-14-2020 04:52 PM
"... this is Canon we're talking about."
If it could happen I would be rather inclined to say Canon would, more than brand_N. You are asking them to put something in the camera it can't do. It is not because it was just left out, the camera doesn't have the hardware, the guts inside, to do it.
We will just have to wait and see. But like was pointed out, how little of a feature is it? Not much in my thinking. It would not be a selling point to me.
03-14-2020 07:52 PM
I have all three of the 1DX family DSLRs that I use for sports shooting (or at least did when there were sports to shoot) None of them have ever been in live view mode and I couldn't see myself using liveview for wildlife either but others may like that option. If there was sufficient demand, I am sure Canon could change the software to either not discriminate against animal eyes or discriminate in favor for those who want to use the live view setup.
The big AF change from the earlier 1DX family is an increase to 191 AF points for viewfinder shooting and I didn't get enough time with the camera to fully decide what the best setup is going to be for action sports. With my 1DX and 1DX II bodies the majority of the time I have found using a single selected focus point works best for me but with the much smaller focus points in the III this may not work as well so I may need to go with either the small zone or the point expansion option but that will take more shooting time for me to decide and that isn't likely to happen anytime soon.
03-18-2020 05:27 PM
Agree with the Waddizzle . Animal Eye Detection great for family pet photos but not wildlife in field.
Always shoot non flying wildlife with MF not AF. Lost too many shots due to intervening objects and slow auto focus.