Canon EOS 1D X versus Canon EOS 1DX Mark II: The 16 Things You Need to Know

Canon has upgraded its flagship DSLR in the form of the Canon EOS 1D X Mark II. Here are the major changes you need to know about


Canon EOS 1D X versus Canon EOS 1DX Mark II: The 16 Things You Need to Know

The original Canon EOS-1D X beside the Canon EOS-1D X Mark II (not to scale)


Given that the new Canon EOS 1D X Mark II arrives more than four years after its predecessor was first announced, you’d expect there to be a fair few changes and new features to be getting on with.

Accordingly, Canon has conducted a major overhaul on the original camera, resulting in a seriously improved specification. As well as a new sensor that bumps the megapixel count up to 20.2, the Canon EOS 1D X Mark II houses two Dual DIGIC 6+ processors.

This means it shoots faster and for longer – its maximum burst rate of 16fps can be sustained indefinitely when shooting JPEGS, or at least as long as card capacity and battery life last.

Elsewhere you’ve got increased extendable ISO sensitivity to a maximum of 409,600, 4K video with 8.8MP stills extraction and a brand new LCD touchscreen. This is a serious new flagship DSLR, and we couldn’t be more excited.

Take a look below for a more detailed spec comparison between the Canon EOS 1D X Mark II and the Canon EOS 1D X.



  Canon EOS 1D X Canon EOS 1D X Mark II
Sensor 18 MP CMOS 20.2 MP CMOS
Processor Dual DIGIC 5+ Dual DIGIC 6+
Metering sensor 100K-pixel RGB AE sensor 360K-pixel RGB+IR metering sensor
ISO Range

Native ISO 100-51,200(extendable to 50-204,800)

Native ISO 100-51,200(extendable to 50-409,600)

Continuous shooting with mirror/exposure/focus locked 14 fps 16 fps
Continuous shooting without mirror/exposure/focus locked 12 fps 12 fps
Max frames when continuous shooting 180 JPEGs, 38 Raws Unlimited JPEGs, 170 Raws
Max video resolution 1920 x 1080 (30p) 4096 x 2160 (60p)
Image size (max) 5184 x 3456 5472 x 3648
4K frame extraction No Yes – 8.8 MP stills
Screen 3.2-inch, 1040K-dot TFT LCD monitor 3.2-inch, 1,620K-dot LCD touchscreen
Built-in GPS? No Yes
AF detection range -2 to +18 EV -3 to +18 EV
Dimensions Approx. 158 x 163.6 x 82.7mm Approx.  158 x 167.6 x 82.6mm
Card slot 2 x CompactFlash (CF) card 1 x CompactFlash (CF card), 1 x CFast 2.0 card
Battery life Approx. 1120 shots Approx. 1,210 shots


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