It has arrived – Canon’s long-awaited upgrade to its flagship EOS 1D X, boasting lightning-fast AF, 4K video and high-speed shooting. Meet the EOS 1D X Mark II.
The long wait is over. Canon has finally updated its hugely popular flagship the EOS 1D X, released all the way back in 2011, with a brand new model, the Canon EOS 1D X Mark II.
Sporting a 20.2MP CMOS sensor, the EOS 1D X has fast and intelligent Dual Pixel CMOS autofocus, which Canon says is capable of reacting to camera and subject movement with unrivalled accuracy and responsiveness. It’s powered by AI Servo AF II+ and has 61 AF points across the frame, with a maximum of 41 cross-type AF points at f/2.8.
Images from the Canon 1DX Mk2 ad shoot at Lee Valey Velopark in London, December 10, 2015.
The EOS 1D X has a native ISO range of 100-51,200, which can be expanded to 50-409,600.
Under the bonnet the EOS 1D X has dual DIGIC 6+ processors and a new mirror-drive system, which add up to produce a maximum continuous shooting of 16fps with the mirror, exposure and AF all locked.
With full AF / AE tracking the EOS 1D X can manage a maximum shooting speed of 14 fps, which it can keep up for a total of 170 Raw images or an unlimited number of JPEGs (with a CFast 2.0 card).
It’s also capable of shooting 4K video at up to 60p, with the Dual Pixel CMOS AF ensuring smooth transitions, and it’s got a mini-jack external mic port to ensure high-quality sound. In a touch that calls to mind the Panasonic stable of 4K cameras, the EOS 1D X also offers a 4K “frame grab” mode that allows for extraction of 8.8MP stills from 4K footage.
Sturdily built, the Canon EOS 1D X is water and dust resistant, meaning it’ll cope with the same kind of rough outdoor conditions many photographers put its predecessor through.
Built-in GPS makes images easy to tag and catalogue, though you’ll need an optional extra module if you want to connect to Wi-fi.
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