Canon EOS-1DX Mark II DSLR Camera (Body Only). Фотоаппарат canon 1dx


Canon 1Dx Body DSLR Fotoğraf Makinesi

Canon

Öne Çıkan Özellikler
  • 18,1 mp full frame CMOS sensör
  • 12 kare / sn ve 14 kare / sn’ye kadar yüksek hızlı çekim 
  • 100-51200 ISO, Y: 204800’e kadar genişletilebilir
  • 61 noktalı AF sistemİ
  • 100,200 piksel RGB AE ölçümü
  • Full HD 1080p video kaydı
  • Çift DIGIC 5+ görüntü işlemcisi
  • Ethernet bağlantı noktası
  • 3,2 inç (8,11cm) LCD ekran

Kit Seçenekleri

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Canon 1Dx Body DSLR Fotoğraf Makinesi İnceleme

CANON EOS - 1D X

Performans ve Kalitenin Doruk Noktası

                Canon EOS serisinin amiral gemisi olarak tanımlanan EOS-1D X, hız ile görüntü kalitesinin birleşimiyle profesyonellerin bir numaralı tercihi oluyor. Canon 1D X’i full frame 18.1 megapiksel CMOS sensör ve çift DIGIC 5 + görüntü işlemcisi ile donatmış. Bu kombinasyon ile 1D X 12 kare/saniye çekim hızına (Süper Yüksek Hız Modu ile 14 kare / saniye) ulaşabiliyor. Güçlü 100-51200 ISO (h3 modu ile 204800 ISO’ya genişletilebilir) ışık hassasiyeti aralığı sayesinde düşük ışık koşullarında bile keskin, düşük miktarda grenli (noise) fotoğraflar sunuyor kullanıcılarına. Deklanşör bıçaklarında kullanılan karbon fiber malzeme sayesinde 400,000 deklanşör ömrü sunan 1D X EOS ailesinin en dayanıklı üyesi sıfatını taşıyor. 

               Odaklama için DIGIC 4 görüntü işlemcisi kullanan EOS – 1D X’te 61 adet odak noktası bulunuyor. 

İşlemci İle Güçlendirilmiş Harikulade Sensör

18.1 Megapiksel Full Frame CMOS Sensör

                Yüksek çözünürlüklü mükemmel ayrıntılara sahip fotoğrafları görülmemiş bir hız ve netlikte yakalayabilen EOS – 1D X sıfırdan tasarlanmıştır. 18.1 megapiksel full frame CMOS sensör, muhteşem performansı ile kullanıcılarını kendine hayran bırakıyor. Işığın çok çok az olduğu karanlık ortamlarda bile olağanüstü derecede düşük grenli (noise) ve yüksek çözünürlüklü görüntüleri sunuyor kullanıcılarına. Sensörün full frame (tam kare) olması sizlere alan derinliği kontrolü konusunda daha fazla hakimiyet verecektir. EOS – 1D X kullanıcısı profesyonel fotoğrafçılar veya muhabirlerin tercihi olan 1D X, önde gelen fotoğraf ajanslarının istediği kalitenin çok üzerinde çözünürlük sunuyor. 

Gelişmiş Noise (Gren) Giderme ve Performanslı Görüntü İşlemi İçin DIGIC 5+

                Canon ailesinin yeni nesil çift DIGIC 5+ görüntü işlemcileri sınıfında en iyi görüntü kalitesini en hızı şekilde kullanıcılarına sağlamak için geliştirilmiş. Doğal renkler ve renk geçişlerini sağlayan görüntü işlemcisi bunun yanı sıra yüksek ISO kullanımında gren (noise) azaltma için 14 bit görüntü işleme sağlamak amacıyla 4 A/D dönüştürücüyle ortaklaşa çalışıyor. 

Canon’un En Gelişmiş AF Sistemi

Yüksek Yoğunluklu 61 Nokta AF

                EOS – 1D X’te 61 adet odak noktası bulunuyor. Bu odak noktalarından 41 tanesi cross type ve 5 tanesi ise fazladan hassasiyete sahip olacak şekilde double cross type olarak kullanıcılarına sunulmuş. Canon netleme hızı ve kararlılığı konusunda bu dijital fotoğraf makinesinin üzerinde fazlasıyla durmuş diyebiliriz. 

Kararlı ve Hızlı Netleme

EOS ISA (Intelligent Subject Analysis System/ Akıllı Konu Analiz Sistemi)

                EOS – 1D X yepyeni 100,000 piksel ölçüm sensörüne adanmış DIGIC 4 görüntü işlemcisi bulunduruyor bünyesinde. Sensör 252 adet genel ölçüm bölgesi ve 35 det düşük ışık ölçüm böglesini barındırıyor. Sensöre ait DIGIC 4 görüntü işlemcisi EOS ISA’yı kullanıyor. Bu sistem ışık koşulları değişse de yüzleri ve renkleri daha stabil olarak tanıyabiliyor.

1080p HD Video Kaydı

                EOS – 1D X dijital SLR fotoğraf makinesinden beklenmeyecek derecede HD videolar çekebiliyor. Pozlama, kare hızları, ses ve sıkıştırma gibi çeşitli kontroller üzerinde hakimiyeti kullanıcılarına bırakan Canon EOS – 1D X ile Full HD (1080p) video çekimi kullanıcılarına ayrı bir keyif veriyor. Cihaz üzerine entegre edilmiş kulaklık çıkışı sayesinde sesi cihaz hoperlörü yerine kulaklığınızla dinleyebilirsiniz. Ek olarak IPB ve ALL-I formatlarını da kullanıcılarına sunan Canon, video çekimi yapan kullanıcılarını da düşünmüş.                                       

Fotoğrafçılık Artık Daha Kolay Daha Eğlenceli

Yeni Kişiselleştirilebilir Kontroller İlavesi ile Geliştirilmiş Ergonomi

                Profesyonel kullanıcıların deneyim ve yorumlarını dikkate alan Canon yetkilileri bunu Canon 1D X’in tasarımına yansıtmışlar. Kullanıcı dostu olan makine her zamankinden daha rahat ve ele daha rahat oturuyor. Tüm kontrol düğmeleri akıllıca bir düzene göre yerleştirilmiş. Gövdenin ön bölgesinde bulunan işlevi değiştirilebilir tuşlar sayesinde makinenizin kullanımını kişiselleştirebilirsiniz. Sık kullandığınız özellikleri bu tuşlara görev olarak atayabilirsiniz. Tasarım aşamasında grip tasarımına da dokunuşlar yapan Canon, konfor ve kullanıcı aşinalığı açısından yeniden tasarlanmıştır. 

3.2 “ TFT LCD Monitör

                EOS – 1D X 3,2 inçlik TFT LCD ekranında Clear View II teknolojisini bulunduruyor. Bu sayede görüntülerinizi daha parlak daha keskin olarak görüntüleyebiliyorsunuz. Ayrıca ekranın sertleştirilmiş cam yapısına sahip oluşundan dolayı en parlak gün ışığında bile parlama olmadan görüntüleri izlemenin keyfine vardırıyor kullanıcısını.

EOS – 1D X Kart Yuvaları

                Fotoğraf tutkunlarının beklentilerini dikkate alan Canon, 1D X modelinde çift hafıza kartı yuvasına yer veriyor. Bu sayede isterseniz ikinci kartı yedek sistem olarak kullanabiliyor ya da istenirse ikinci kart yuvasını geniş hafıza kapasitesi yönünde kullanabiliyorsunuz. Cihaz CF kart kullanıyor.

Opsiyonel Canon Kablosuz Dosya Verici Cihazı ve GPS

                EOS – 1D X, kablosuz ağ için yeni WFT-E6A kablosuz dosya verici cihazı ile uyumludur. Önceki modellere kıyasla 2.5 kat daha hızlı şekilde, IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n standartlarında bluetooth transferi yapabiliyor.

                Ethernet bağlantı noktası sayesinde doğrudan görüntülerin bilgisayara ya da ağ üzerinden haber ajansına gönderilmesine imkan tanımasıyla muhabirlerin gözbebeği haline geliyor EOS – 1D X

Yüksek Perde Dayanımı ve Toz, Su Yalıtımlı Magnezyum Gövde

 

                Her koşulda mükemmelliği arayan profesyoneller için, en kötü şartlarda bile mükemmel çekimler gerçekleştirebilmek için tasarlanmıştır. Yüksek mukavemetli magnezyum alaşımlı gövdesi ile tok bir yapıya sahiptir EOS – 1D X. Magnezyum metalinin düşük yoğunluğu sayesinde makine oldukça hafif.

           

               Makinenin ele oturuşu ise yeniden tasarlanmış. Yeni baştan tasarlanan perde sistemi karbon fiber malzeme ile üretilmiş. Bu nedenle ödün vermeden 14 kare / saniye hızlarla 400,000 çekim yapabiliyor 1D X.

  

               Canon 1D-X’te bağlantı noktalarında kullanılan conta sistemi ile toz ve su yalıtımı sunuyor EOS – 1D X. Böylelikle koşullar ne olursa olsun 1D X, kullanıcılarına her koşulda tam performans çekim yapabilme imkanı sunuyor. 

Özellikler

Shutter Hızı(Maksimum) 30sn
Shutter Hızı(Minimum) 1/8000sn
Sürekli Çekim 14 kare / saniye
Ekran Türü Yerleşik
Ekran Boyutu 3.2"
Vizör Tipi PentaPrizma- Optik
Video Çözünürlüğü
1920 x 1080: 30 fps, 25 fps, 24 fps
1280 x 720: 60 fps, 50 fps
640 x 480: 30 fps, 25 fps
Video Dosya Formatı
Özellikler
18.1MP Full-Frame CMOS Sensör
Dual DIGIC 5+ İşlemci
3.2" 1.04m-Dot ClearView II LCD Monitör
Full HD 1080p Video Kaydı 30 fps
61-Point High Density Reticular AF
Native ISO 51200, Artırılabilir ISO 204800
12 fps RAW+JPEG Çekim, 14 fps JPEG
100k-Pixel RGB Metering Sensor & EOS iSA
Magnezyum Alaşımlı Gövde, Çift CF Card Yuvası
1000BASE-TX Gigabit Ethernet Terminal
Gövde Dayanıklılığı
Su Sıçramalarına ve Sert Hava Koşullarına Dayanıklı
Ağırlık 1540 gr
Boyutlar 157.5 x 162.6 x 83.8 mm"
Renk Seçenekleri Siyah
Pozlama Telafisi -5 EV ile +5 EV
Pozlama Basamakları 1/2 veya 1/3
Pozlama Ölçümü
Merkez Ağrlıklı
Değerlendirmeli
Kısmi Değerlendirmeli
Spot Ölçüm
Pozlama Modları
Diyafram Öncelikli
Manuel
Program
Enstantane Öncelikli
Pozlama Aralığı
Dosya Formatı
JPEG
RAW
MOV
MPEG-4
AVC/H.264
Kayıt Ünitesi CompactFlash
Bağlantı Arayüzü
AV Output
HDMI C (Mini)
USB 2.0
Batarya Tipi LP-E4N
Batarya Kapasitesi 2450 mAh
Odaklama Seçenekleri Otomatik
Kırpma Oranı 1x

Kutu İçeriği

  • • Canon EOS-1D X Gövde
  • • Batarya
  • • Şarj Adaptörü
  • • Güç Kablosu
  • • Boyun Askısı
  • • CD-ROM
  • • USB Bağlantı Kablosu
  • • A/V Kablosu
  • • Türkçe Kullanma Kılavuzu
  • • Garanti Belgesi

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Amazon.com : Canon EOS-1DX Mark II DSLR Camera (Body Only) : Camera & Photo

Immense power. Phenomenal speed. A remarkable combination of innovation and refinement. The Canon EOS-1D X Mark II Digital SLR Camera Body is nothing but legendary every step of the way. Building on a heritage of sophisticated innovation, the EOS-1D X Mark II is blazingly fast. Up to 14 fps (up to 16 fps in Live View mode) can be captured at a burst rate of up to 170 RAWs with a CFast card, and an improved 61-point AF system helps deliver clean, sharp images quickly, even in dim light. This remarkable speed means faster recording too: 4K video can be recorded at up to 60 fps with smooth AF and strikingly clear detail. Combined with superb low-light performance thanks to its powerful sensor and expandable ISO range, the EOS-1D X Mark II performs brilliantly, swiftly and stunningly no matter when or where the photographer is shooting. From the stadium, safari or studio to virtually everywhere in between, the EOS-1D X Mark II maintains and enhances all the hallmarks of what Canon has to offer, marking a new page in the legacy of the EOS series of cameras.FEATURES:Up to 14 fps Full-resolution RAW or JPEG, Up to 16 fps in Live View Mode - Delivering outstanding performance at speeds of up to 14 fps, and up to 16 fps in Live View, the EOS-1D X Mark II camera is loaded with technologies that help facilitate speedy operation at every step of image capture. The EOS-1D X Mark II features a new mirror mechanism designed for highly precise operation with reduced vibration even at incredibly fast speeds. The shutter unit is rated for 400,000 frames and captures at up to 16 fps, while the CMOS sensor has high-speed signal reading that enables speedy image capture. A fast AF/AE system, Dual DIGIC 6+ Image Processors and high-speed recording with its new CFast card slot helps ensure that camera operations are performed quickly and precisely.Dual DIGIC 6+ Image Processors - Key to the performance benchmarks achieved by the EOS-1D X Mark II camera, Dual DIGIC 6+ Image Processors not

The Mark of Legends

Immense power. Phenomenal speed. A remarkable combination of innovation and refinement. The new EOS-1D X Mark II camera is nothing but legendary every step of the way. Building on a heritage of sophisticated innovation, the EOS-1D X Mark II is blazingly fast. Up to 14 fps* (up to 16 fps* in Live View mode) can be captured at a burst rate of up to 170 RAWs with a CFast card, and an improved 61-point AF system helps deliver clean, sharp images quickly, even in dim light. This remarkable speed means faster recording too: 4K video can be recorded at up to 60 fps with smooth AF and strikingly clear detail. Combined with superb low-light performance thanks to its powerful sensor and expandable ISO range, the EOS-1D X Mark II performs brilliantly, swiftly and stunningly no matter when or where the photographer is shooting. From the stadium, safari or studio to virtually everywhere in between, the EOS-1D X Mark II maintains and enhances all the hallmarks of what Canon has to offer, marking a new page in the legacy of the EOS series of cameras.

* Continuous shooting speed may vary depending on the shutter speed, the aperture, the lens being used, the battery charge and various camera settings.

Fastest shooting EOS-1D, capable of up to 14 fps* full-resolution RAW or JPEG, and up to 16 fps* in Live View mode with new Dual DIGIC 6+ Image Processors.
Up to 14 fps* Full-resolution RAW or JPEG, Up to 16 fps* in Live View Mode

Delivering outstanding performance at speeds of up to 14 fps*, and up to 16 fps* in Live View, the EOS-1D X Mark II camera is loaded with technologies that help facilitate speedy operation at every step of image capture. The EOS-1D X Mark II features a new mirror mechanism designed for highly precise operation with reduced vibration even at incredibly fast speeds. The shutter unit is rated for 400,000 frames and captures at up to 16 fps*, while the CMOS sensor has high-speed signal reading that enables speedy image capture. A fast AF/AE system, Dual DIGIC 6+ Image Processors and high-speed recording with its new CFast card slot helps ensure that camera operations are performed quickly and precisely.

Dual DIGIC 6+ Image Processors

Key to the performance benchmarks achieved by the EOS-1D X Mark II camera, Dual DIGIC 6+ Image Processors not only convert the light that passes through the camera's sensor into high-quality photos and movies, but also enhance the camera's overall performance. Improvements include high-speed processing, up to 16-fps* operation for stills and 4K/60p movies, lens distortion and diffraction correction during operation with virtually no effect on the camera's speed, plus fast write times and much more.

* Continuous shooting speed may vary depending on the shutter speed, the aperture, the lens being used, the battery charge and various camera settings.

Achieves a maximum burst rate of up to 170 RAWs in continuous shooting at up to 16 fps, and 4K movies using CFast cards in the new CFast 2.0* slot.

The EOS-1D X Mark II camera can capture an incredible amount of images and movies with amazing speed. When recording to CFast 2.0* cards through its new CFast card slot, the EOS-1D X Mark II can record up to 170 full-size RAW files, and JPEGs up to full card capacity at 16 fps. 4K/60p and Full HD/120p video can also be recorded with virtually no restriction, and with exFAT format support, movie files of larger than 4GB can be recorded without the need to merge files. Performance with CF cards through the camera's CF card slot is impressive as well: the EOS-1D X Mark II can capture up to 73 full-size RAW files and JPEGs up to full card capacity when recording to CF UDMA7 media.

As of February 2016, compatibility has been verified for the following CFast memory cards:

Manufacturer Label Model Numbers Capacity
SanDisk Extreme PRO CFast 2.0 Card SDCFSP-128G-G46B 128GB
Extreme PRO CFast 2.0 Card SDCFSP-064G-G46B 64GB

Proper operation cannot be guaranteed for all recording media. Long-term usage may reduce a CFast card's write speed. We recommend users regularly fully format and refresh their card using the “Full Format and Refresh Tool.”

* Canon is an authorized licensee of the CFast 2.0 trademark, which may be registered in various jurisdictions.

Experience less noise in higher ISO images via a new 20.2 Megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor, with an ISO range of 100–51200; expansion to ISO 409600.
20.2 Megapixel Full-Frame CMOS Sensor

The EOS-1D X Mark II camera features a Canon-developed 20.2 Megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor that not only helps it record more pixels, but also includes gapless micro lenses for enhanced low-light performance. This results in noise reduction in dark portions of the image even at high ISO speeds, and increased sensitivity that contributes to the EOS-1D X Mark II's high-speed image capture rate, accelerating frame-to-frame performance as well as enabling 4K movies (60p/30p) and improved playback. The new sensor is also Canon's first full-frame sensor to include Dual Pixel CMOS AF for high-speed, precise AF during Live View still and movie recording.

ISO Range of 100–51200; Expansion to ISO 409600

The EOS-1D X Mark II camera delivers high standard and expanded ISOs, and a score of options to enhance shooting in varied and fast-changing lighting situations. With a standard range of ISO 100–51200, the EOS-1D X Mark II is incredibly sensitive, and thanks to a high signal-to-noise ratio as well as powerful noise reduction, the EOS-1D X Mark II can shoot at expanded sensitivities down to ISO 50 (L) and up to 102400 (h2), 204800 (h3) and even 409600 (h4)! Beyond the obvious advantages of its wide ISO range, the EOS-1D X Mark II has automatic ISO settings, found on the dedicated ISO menu. Minimum and maximum ISO settings can be specified, as can a user-defined range, plus full auto and manual.

Improved AF performance through 61-point High Density Reticular AF II system with 41 cross-type points, improved center point focusing sensitivity to -3 EV and compatibility down to f/8*.
Improved AF Performance

The EOS-1D X Mark II camera incorporates a number of significant improvements to help deliver highly precise, reliable AF and AF tracking, both faster and available in more situations. It features a new 61-point High Density Reticular AF II system with 41 cross-type points that expands the AF area approximately 8.6% in the top and bottom of the central AF area, and approximately 24% at the top and bottom of the peripheral frame. A wider subject tracking area improves the AF system so that challenging focus tracking in scenes with sudden changes of speed and subject position is easier than ever. The AF system's low-intensity limit has been improved to EV -3 and all 61 AF points are compatible down to f/8* for excellent low-light performance. The EOS-1D X Mark II's AF algorithm has also been improved: it's equipped with AI Servo AF III+, which remembers the AF path and helps refine precision. Whether choosing individual AF points manually, using the Large Zone AF area or any of the camera's automatic AF selection modes, the EOS-1D X Mark II is designed to exceed users' expectations for high-precision AF.

Improved Intelligent Viewfinder with Enhanced Visibility for AF Point Display

The EOS-1D X Mark II camera features a new Intelligent Viewfinder II for convenient composition and setting changes without taking an eye off the subject at hand. The camera's viewfinder can show significantly more information in the LCD display and presents AF points in red, increasing visibility in dark locations where AF is typically difficult and in situations where the ambient light makes the AF frame difficult to see. Features like the electronic level, a grid, flicker detection, white balance, metering mode, AF information and more can be glanced at easily without drawing attention away from the subject.

* Except when using the Canon EF 50mm f/2.5 Macro, EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro, EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM, EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM and EF 28-80mm f/2.8-4L USM lenses.

Accurate subject tracking for stills and video with new EOS Intelligent Tracking and Recognition AF with 360,000-pixel metering sensor.

The EOS-1D X Mark II camera has an amazingly advanced 360,000-pixel RGB+IR metering sensor and processor that greatly contribute to the camera's impressive AF performance for both stills and video. Thanks to a high resolution and infrared sensitivity combined with a refined detection algorithm, this new sensor improves the color and shape recognition of the EOS-1D X Mark II's iSA (Intelligent Subject Analysis) system, increasing the camera's ability to recognize subjects for faster, more precise AF, metering and exposure compensation. This additional exposure and subject information also helps the EOS-1D X Mark II's iTR (Intelligent Tracking and Recognition) AF system maintain focus on a moving subject with a greater level of consistency.

4K video (4096 x 2160) up to 60 fps (59.94), with an 8.8-Megapixel still frame grab* in camera. Full 1080p HD capture up to 120 fps for slow motion.

The EOS-1D X Mark II is an incredibly capable camera for moviemaking. Thanks to its Dual DIGIC 6+ Image Processors and its advanced sensor, it can capture huge 4K (Motion JPEG) video at up to 60 fps, recording smoothly to CFast cards. It's the first EOS camera able to record Full HD video at 120 fps, easily displaying minute details imperceptible to the human eye and ideal for slow-motion video capture. With the camera's new touch panel display, AF points can be easily selected while the camera's rolling, and focus can be quickly confirmed with the EOS-1D X Mark II's 4K still frame grab feature*, wherein an 8.8-Megapixel still image can be selected for review and saved. Low-light performance is improved as well, with video recording at ISOs of up to 12800 in 4K and 25600 in Full HD. The EOS-1D X Mark II also features uncompressed HDMI output for Full HD videos, helping to facilitate video editing with minimal image degradation. Not to mention, it can also save videos as MP4s for easy playback on mobile devices.

* Saving a still image from a single movie frame does not result in the same image quality as a normal still image.

Dual Pixel CMOS AF & Movie Servo AF for high speed, high frame rate and continuous autofocus during video shooting.

With significant improvements in AF operation, the EOS-1D X Mark II camera can be an indispensible and remarkably portable moviemaking tool. Continuous AF, even during 4K recording, is made easy thanks to the EOS-1D X Mark II's Dual Pixel CMOS AF, which is compatible with all Canon EF lenses. Focus points can be selected automatically, or specified on the camera's new touch panel LCD screen. Critical focus throughout the frame can be easily confirmed by enlarging stills grabbed from video recordings. The EOS-1D X Mark II's Movie Servo AF is compatible with all frame rates and resolutions, and can be customized to set tracking sensitivity, AF speed and even Face Tracking priority. These advanced features help make the EOS-1D X Mark II a truly versatile and convenient camera for 4K and Full HD moviemaking.

View and control high quality stills and videos via the 3.2-inch touch panel LCD with 1.62 million dots.

The EOS-1D X Mark II camera's 3.2-inch touch panel TFT LCD monitor has approximately 1.62 million dots, anti-reflective construction and features Canon's Clear View LCD II technology for bright, sharp display in any number of shooting situations. Its new touchscreen function allows AF point switching and image magnification during Live View shooting and movie shooting, providing convenient operation. The LCD monitor can be ideal for reviewing settings and images, as well as for shooting in Live View mode. In Live View, grid lines can be displayed in 9 sections, 24 sections or 9 sections with diagonals, as well as the dual-axis electronic level, which helps ensure accurate level by displaying both roll and pitch in 1-degree increments. For image review, the EOS-1D X Mark II has a dedicated Magnify/Reduce button. While pressing the button, zooming in or out (up to 10x) is achieved simply by turning the Main Dial. Images can be protected or erased quickly, individually or in batches, and slideshows can be created with some or all images and can be sequenced by date, folders, movies, stills, protection or rating. A feature guide can be accessed for the selected menu, providing detailed reference information when needed.

Increased resolution and fine detail, with lens aberration correction and diffraction correction via new in-camera Digital Lens Optimizer technology.

To combat any possible image degradation from lens aberration and diffraction, the EOS-1D X Mark II camera is equipped with a number of in-camera optical correction functions for clear and high-quality images. The EOS-1D X Mark II even stores lens aberration data, helping to eliminate the need to register lens data on previously released lenses, and correcting images with virtually no delay in-camera. The EOS-1D X Mark II not only corrects peripheral brightness and chromatic aberration, but also features distortion correction plus diffraction correction, which has been included for the first time in an EOS camera. Distortion correction helps resolve barrel and pincushion distortions, while diffraction correction virtually eliminates the blurring effects from diffraction that can be created when capturing an image at a small aperture. The camera's Dual DIGIC 6+ Image Processors help ensure these corrections can be made with virtually no effect on operational speed. In-camera RAW processing is also made fast and convenient with Canon's Digital Lens Optimizer, helping to improve image quality and giving photographers the ability to work confidently in more complex environments.

Built-in GPS* provides geotag information including auto time syncing with Universal Time Code via satellites.

Providing crucial location and time data, GPS has become an indispensible aspect of the professional workflow, especially for professionals who work on location and capture thousands of images each day. The EOS-1D X Mark II camera has GPS* built in, helping photographers and filmmakers not only tag their images with critical location data, but also adjust the time and timestamp on the camera automatically. Thanks to built-in GPS*, and Wi-Fi connectivity through the optional Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E8A accessory, the EOS-1D X Mark II can use both GPS and WFT (Wireless File Transfer) together, making it easy to upload a great amount of images both quickly and from increasingly far-flung locales. Offering compatibility with American GPS satellites, Russian GLONASS satellites and Japanese quasi-zenith satellites Michibiki, the EOS-1D X Mark II's GPS information is reliably accurate virtually anywhere you go.

* In certain countries and regions, the use of GPS may be restricted. Therefore be sure to use GPS in accordance with the laws and regulations of your country or region. Be particularly careful when traveling outside your home country. As a signal is received from GPS satellites, take sufficient measures when using in locations where the use of electronics is regulated.

The new optional Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E8A is compatible with IEEE 802.11ac/n/a/g/b, supporting both the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz Wi-Fi bands.

The Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E8A, the EOS-1D X Mark II camera's new optional accessory, provides both a fast throughput for image uploading and several new features that make dynamic wireless photography simple and fast. It has 5 GHz 802.11ac support for high-speed image transfer, a revamped user interface that enables speedy set-up and configuration of wireless networks and even compatible smartphone connection. Accommodating both iOS and Android devices*, the Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E8A makes it simple to use a smartphone as a remote control for still and video capture. It can even transfer recorded images back for viewing on the device's screen. The Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E8A is both compact and durable, with excellent dust- and water- resistance for unfettered operation in difficult environments.

* Compatible with iOS versions 7.1/8.4/9.0, Android smartphone and tablet versions 4.0/4.1/4.2/4.3/4.4/5.0/5.1. Data charges may apply with the download of the free Canon Camera Connect app. This app helps enable you to upload images to social media services. Please note that image files may contain personally identifiable information that may implicate privacy laws. Canon disclaims and has no responsibility for your use of such images. Canon does not obtain, collect or use such images or any information included in such images through this app.

Durable and rugged magnesium alloy body with dust- and-weather resistance for demanding shooting situations.

For professionals who demand nothing less than the best, the EOS-1D X Mark II camera is designed to perform superbly even in the most treacherous environments, every time. The body is constructed of rigid, high-strength magnesium alloy for rugged performance and features a grip design for easy finger placement and reduced hand fatigue. Its shutter has lightweight, carbon-fiber blades, and is rated to maintain up to 16 fps performance without compromise, for up to 400,000 cycles. The EOS-1D X Mark II and accessories like the new Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E8A have extensive gasketing for improved dust and water resistance, even at their connection points.

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Canon 1DX Mark II Fotoğraf Makinesi İncelemesi

Canon 1DX Mark II İncelemesi

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Canon, 02 Şubat 2016 itibariyle amiral gemisi olan Canon 1DX Mark II ’yi tanıttı. Bu yazımda sizlere bu makine hakkında bazı bilgiler vereceğim.  Canon 1DX çıktığından beri profesyonel pazarı domine eden bir fotoğraf makinesiydi. Bugün hangi spor dalına bakarsanız bakın, saha etrafının beyaz lenslerle çevrili olduğunu göreceksiniz.  Şimdi gelin hep beraber Canon 1DX Mark II ’yi beraber tanıyalım.

 

Not: Burada belirtmem gereken nokta ise, yurtdışındaki sitelerden çeviri incelemelere lütfen kulak asmayın ve birinci ağız olarak beni referans alın 🙂

Canon 1DX Mark II Özellikleri:

  1. Tamamen yeniden tasarlanmış 20.2MP CMOS Sensör
  2. İki Adet Digic 6 Plus İşlemci
  3. Saniyede 14 kare fotoğraf çekim hızı / Canlı İzlemede Saniyede 16 Kare
  4. 4K Video 50 / 60 FPS
  5. Full HD Video 120 & 100 FPS
  6. ISO 100-51.200 (50-409.600)
  7. 360.000 RGB – IR Ölçüm Sistemi ve Digic 6 Ölçüm İşlemcisi
  8. EOS ISA (Intelligent Subject Analysis)
  9. EOS ITR (Intelligent Tracking Recognition)
  10. Tamamı seçilebilir 61 Noktalı, 41 tanesi Cross Type ve  5 tanesi Double Cross Type netleme noktası
  11. -3 EV’de Netleme Yapabilme
  12. Dahili GPS
  13. Gelişmiş ISO Performansı
  14. 1.6 milyon noktaya sahip 3.2 inc Dokunmatik* LCD Ekran
  15. Dijital Lens Optimizer
  16. Kırınım Düzeltme (Lens Aberration Düzeltme)
  17. Gelişmiş Dinamik Aralık
  18. Dual pixel CMOS AF Netlik Teknolojisi
  19. 2 Adet Hafıza Kart Girişi CFast ve CF Kart
  20. USB 3.0
  21. LP-E19 Pil & Şarj Aleti

Canon 1DX Mark II Yeni Sensör:

Canon 1DX son 4 senedir dünyadaki en hızlı full frame sensöre ait fotoğraf makinesiydi. Canon bu ünvanı kimseye kaptırmadan Canon 1DX Mark II’yi tanıttı. Canon 1DX Mark II’nin kalbindeki 2 adet Digic 6 Plus işlemci ile saniyede 14 kare, canlı izleme modunda ise saniye 16 kare fotoğraf çekebiliyor. Canon 1DX Mark II, 20 megapiksellik bu fotoğrafları çekerken maksimum ISO olarak 409.600’a kadar yükselebiliyor.

Canon Mühendisleri tarafından tamemen sıfırdan tasarlanan sensör yapısının bizlere sunduğu en büyük artıları şu şekilde sayabilirim;

  • Gelişmiş Dinamik Aralık
  • Hızlı Okuma ve Yazma Performansı
  • Sensör tarafından oluşan baz gürültünün azalması
  • Gelişmiş video performansı

Sensördeki gelişmenin en somut örneği ise, devrelerin oluşturduğu baz gürültünün azalmış gözle görünür şekilde azalmış olması. Şuan için örnek fotoğraf paylaşılması yasak olduğu için görselleri sizlerle paylaşamıyorum ama görünce bana hak vereceksiniz. Aynı zamanda piksel sayılarının artması sayesinde fotoğraf kalitemizde son noktaya ulaşıyor. 1DX Mark II’deki sensör tamamen yeni bir üretim methodu kullanılarak üretildi. Sensörün bütün kablo ve devre mekanizmaları, sensör tarafından oluşabilecek baz gürültüyü azaltmak için sıfırdan tasarlandı. Yeni fotodiyot yapısı ve yeni renk filtresi sayesinde selefi 1DX’ten çok başarılı görüntüler elde edebiliyor.

Canon 1DX Mark II Netleme Sistemi:

Canon 1DX Mark II’in netlik sisteminde  çok bir fark yokmuş gibi gözükse de, aslında tamamen yeniden tasarlanmış bir AF sistemi mevcut. 1DX Mark II’de hepsi seçilebilir 61 adet Netleme Noktasının 41 tanesi Çapraz Tipli ve 5 tanesi de Duble Çapraz Tipi netleme noktasıdır. Buradaki en büyük gelişme ise f/8 değerli lenslerde bile 61 netleme noktasını kullanabilirken, bunların 21 tanesini çapraz tip olarak kullanabiliyoruz. Canon 1DX’te bu sayı 1 adet Netleme Noktası ve 4 adet yedek noktasıydı. Bu konuyu biraz daha detaylandırmak gerekirse, özellikle Vahşi Yaşam fotoğrafçılarının kullandığı uzun odaklı lensler genellikle fotoğrafçıları tatmin etmiyor ve 1.4 veya 2.0 extender kullanıyorlar. Bu exterderlar lenslerin en açık diyafram değerlerini çarpan oranlarınlar çarparlar. Kısacası; Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS II USM Lense 2.0 Extender taktığınız zaman Lensin maksimum diyaframı f/8 oluyor. Canon 1DX Mark II bu koşulda bile 61 Noktanın hepsini seçebiliyoruz ve bu noktalardan 21 tanesi Çapraz Tipte çalışıyor. Bu netleme nokta sayısının hiç bir rakip tarafından ulaşılamadığını da belirtmek isterim.

Canon 5DS Serisiyle beraber ön plana çıkan motorlu perde sistemi teknolojisi 1DX’te de bizlere sunulmuş. Saniyede 14 kare fotoğraf çekerken perdenin açılıp kapanması buradaki en büyük etken. Motorlu perde sistemi sayesinde perde kapanırken motorlar tarafından otomatik frenlenme yapıyor ve böylelikle makinenin içinde oluşabilecek titreşimler minimize edilmiş oluyor. Yeni perde sistemiyle perde ömrümüz ise 400.000e yükseldi. Aynı zamanda yeni perde sayesinde saniyede 5 kare olarak sessiz sürekli çekim yapabiliyoruz.

360.000 piksellik RGB-IR ölçüm sistemi ve ölçüm işlemcisi Digic 6’nin güçlerini EOS ISA Teknolojisinde birleştiriyor. Intelligent Subject Analysis teknolojisi, objenin nerede ve nereye doğru hareket ettiğini AF sistemine iletiyor ve böylelikle AF sistemiyle beraber kusursuz bir ikili oluyorlar.  360.000 piksellik RGB-IR ölçüm sisteminin bir artısı da “Anti Flicker” özelliği. İnsan gözü, florasan gibi yapay ışıklardaki renk değişimlerini ve dalgalanmalarını anlamaz. Fakat fotoğraf makinemizin sensörleri bunları anlar ve çektiğiniz fotoğraflarda farklı tonlamalar ve dalgalanmalar görülebilir. Ancak “anti flicker” özelliği ile bu görüntü probleminin de önüne geçilmiş oluyor.

1DX’in ölçüm sensörü 100.000 pikselken, 1DX Mark II  360.000 piksellik ölçüm sensörüyle geliyor. 360.000 piksellik RGB-IR ölçüm sisteminin bir artısı da “Anti Flicker” özelliği. İnsan gözü, florasan gibi yapay ışıklardaki renk değişimlerini ve dalgalanmalarını anlamaz. Fakat fotoğraf makinemizin sensörleri bunları anlar ve çektiğiniz fotoğraflarda farklı tonlamalar ve dalgalanmalar görülebilir. Ancak “anti flicker” özelliği ile bu görüntü probleminin de önüne geçilmiş oluyor. Böylelikle sistem, renk farklılıklarını, ışık hareketlerini ve yüzleri çok daha tutarlı bir şekilde tanıyabiliyor.

1DX’te ölçüm sistemi düşük ışıkta 35 alandan ölçüm alabilirken, 1DX Mark II’deki ölçüm alan sayısı tam 216 adet.  Canon 1DX Mark II orta noktada -3 EV’ye kadar netleme yapabiliyor. Her fotoğrafçının ortak talebi aslında netleme nokta sayısından çok, vizördeki alanın daha büyük bir kısmından netleme yapabilimekti. Canon 1DX mark II’nin vizördeki netleme alanı 1DX’e oranla çevresel olarak %24, orta alanda ise %9 oranında arttı. Böylelikle netlik noktalarımız vizörde daha büyük bir alana dağılmış oluyor. Vizörden bahsetmişken makinemizde Canon’un yeni seri makinelerinde bulunan Akıllı Vizör II teknolojisininde bulunduğunu belirtmek isterim.

Canon 1DX Mark II Gövde & Tasarım:

Canon 1DX Mark II’nin gövdesine bakacak olursak, 1DX’in gövdesiyle çok büyük farklar görmüyoruz; grip kısmında tasarımsal değişiklikler, bazı tuşların tasarımlarının değiştiğini ve makinenin ergonomisi arttırıldığını 1DX Mark II’yi elinize aldğınızda hissediyorsunuz.  Menüler ve tuşlar artık daha da kişileştirilebilir hale getirilmiş.  Makine üzerindeki 11 tuşta farklı özellikler atanabiliyor ve 5DS Serisiyle beraber gelen Uyarlanabilir Hızlı Kontrol özelliği 1DX Serisinde de mevcut hale getirilmiş.

Canon’un fotoğraf makinesi yelpazesindeki en dayanıklı fotoğraf makinesinin Canon 1DX Mark II  olduğunu gönül rahatlığıyla söyleyebilirim. Canon 1D Serisini üretirken yaklaşık 9 farklı testi 1000’den fazla ürüne uyguluyor. Böylelikle makinemiz en zor koşullara bile hazır bir şekilde bizlere iletiliyor. Canon 1D serisi, Canon’un sertifika programı olan “Meister” mühendisler tarafından “Temiz Oda”larda yapılıyor. Bu temiz odalar toz seviyesinin özel tekniklerle minimize edildiği, nem ve ısının özel olarak kontrol edildiği odalardır. Her “Meister” tek bir 1D’yi baştan sonra hazırlıyor. Bu da yaklaşık 1000 parçanın tek tek birleştirilmesi olarak düşünülebilir.

Gövdemizdeki bir diğer yenilik ise 1DX Mark II’in LCD Ekranıyla ilgili. LCD Ekranın çözünürlüğü selefine göre 1.5x daha yükselmiş ve artık 1.6 milyon noktalı ekrana sahip. LCD ekran, Canlı İzleme modunda netlik yaparken dokumantik hale geliyor ve çekimlerde netleme yapmak istediğiniz yere dokunmak yeterli oluyor.

Canon 1DX Mark II’in video özellikleri ise can alıcı, 4K 60 ve 50 fps, Full HD’de ise 100 ve 120 fps süper slow motion video çekebiliyor. Bildiğiniz üzere 4K’da 2 farklı çekim modu var. Canon 1DX bizlere burada sinema standartı olan DCI kalitesinde 4K Video üretiyor. 4K  video çekimi için Cfast kart kullanılması gerekmektedir. Bunun haricinde makinenimzde bir adette CF kart girişi bulunmaktadır. 4K çekimlerde sensörün  ısınmasını engellemek adına, Sensördeki ısıyı makinenin altına doğru gitmesini sağlayan bir sistemde bulunuyor.  Otomatik Netleme konusunda ise radikal değişiklikler mevcut. 1DX bizlere Dual Piksel AF teknolojisiyle geliyor. Bu sayede netlik çok daha hızlı ve tutarlı bir şekilde yapılabiliyor. LCD ekranımızın istediğiniz noktasına dokunarak otomatik netleme yapabiliyoruz. Aynı zamanda Dual Pixel AF çekimin takip hassasiyetini istediğimiz gibi değiştirebiliyoruz. Mikrofon ve kulaklık girişi bulunan makinemizde bulunuyor. Makinemiz MJPEG formatında video kaydı yapabiliyor.  Bunların yanı sıra 4K video çektikten sonra video içinden 4K Crab teknolojisi sayesinde 8.8 megapiksellik fotoğrafları da JPEG formatında kaydedebiliyoruz.

Makinemiz dahili GPS le beraber geliyor. Böylelikle çektiğimiz video ve fotoğrafların EXIF bilgilerine lokasyonumuzu ekleyebiliyor ve bütün makinelerinin saatini uydudan kalibre etmemizi sağlıyor. Özellikler aynı anda 4-5 makineyle yapılan çekimlerde makinelerin saatlerini kalibre ettikten sonra bütün fotoğrafları doğru bir zaman çizelgesinde görülmesi özellikle ajanslar için büyük bir gelişme.

Fotoğraf Makinemizde Dijital Lens Optimizer mecvut. Bu sayede normalde DPP programında düzeltilebilen Kromatik Kenar Düzeltme ve Kırınım Düzeltme gibi özellikleri fotoğraf makinemiz üzerinden düzeltebiliyoruz.  Kırınım Düzeltme ilk defa bir Canon fotoğraf makinesinde bizlere duyuruldu. Bu düzeltme bizlere Düşük Geçiş Filtesinin (Low Pass Filter) götürdüğü keskinliği tekrar geri kazanmamızı sağlıyor.

Canon 1D Mark II’ye  gelen özelliklerden biri de “Beyaz Öncelikli” otomatik beyaz ayarı. Daha önce beyaz ayarımızı otomatikte bıraktığımız çekimlerde kimi zaman istenilen beyazlık net bir şekilde algılanamayabiliyordu. Bu özellikle birlikte, artık makinemizin Otomatik Beyaz Ayarı menüsüne 2 ayrı seçenek geliyor: “Ortam Öncelikli” ve “Beyaz Öncelikli”.

“Fotoğraf Stili” olarak bizlere sunulan “İnce Ayrıntı” menüsü sayesinde artık JPEG çekimde çok daha keskin sonuçlar alabiliyoruz. Mantık olarak makine, keskinliği yükseltip kontrastı azaltıyor. Böylelikle fotoğraftan elde edeceğimiz detaylar da artmış oluyor.  Bunun dışında, “Keskinlik” sekmesinin altına, “İncelik” ve “Eşik” olarak iki farklı seçenekle karşılaşıyoruz. “Eşik” kısmını artırdığınız zaman, dijital noise (gürültü) olan yerlerdeki keskinliği azaltıyor. Böylece fotoğrafımız daha net, daha temiz görünüyor. Canon 5DS Serisiyle tanıtılan bu Fotoğraf Stili 1DX Mark II’de de bizlere sunuldu.

Canon, piyasadaki diğer ürünlere kıyasla her zaman en sade menüye ve her alandan kullanıcı için sezgisel kolaylığa sahip fotoğraf makineleri üretiyor. Bununla da kalmayıp, bizlere bütün tuşları kendimize göre yeniden programlayıp kişiselleştirme olanağı da sunuyor. Böylelikle istediğiniz tuşa istediğiniz özelliği atayabiliyorsunuz. Artık klasikleşen Hızlı Kontrol Ekranı’nı da kişileştirmeye uygun hale getirdi. İstediğiniz alana istediğiniz özelliği yerleştirebiliyor, yaklaşık 30 farklı menü kombinasyonu arasından dilediğiniz düzenlemeyi yapabiliyorsunuz.

Özetlemek gerekirse, Canon 1DX Mark II Dünyadaki en hızlı Full Frame Fotoğraf Makinesi ünvanını yine kimselere kaptırmadı. Canon, rakamsal verileri yüksek göstermek için  standartlarına uymayan fotoğrafları elde edebileceğimiz bir fotoğraf makinesini bizlere sunmak yerine, Canon 1DX’in üstüne yeni teknolojiler koyarak 1DX Mark II’yi bizlere tanıttı. Canon, kendisi tarafından üretilmemiş sensör yahut netleme sistemlerini DSLR fotoğraf makinelerinde kesinlikle kullanmıyor. Bütün bileşenleri Canon Mühendisleri tarafından geliştirildiği için Canon 1DX Mark II kusursuz bir harmoni içinde çalışıyor. İlerleyen zamanlarda biraz daha detaylı bir inceleme yayınlayacağım. Malum fotoğraf makinesi daha bugün (02 Şubat 2016) duyuruldu. Bütün detayları bugünden vermeyelim değil mi? 🙂

Canon 1DX Mark II ve Nikon D5 arasındaki farkları görmek için buraya tıklayabilirsiniz.

Mert Gündoğdu / Şubat 2016

 

 

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EOS-1D X

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Improved handling with addition of new customizable controls

Reconceived based on the experience and feedback of professional users, the EOS-1D X's new ergonomic design is more comfortable and intuitive than ever. With a refined and intelligent layout of all control buttons and dials, shooting settings can be made with just the right hand, and quick image check and image processing operations with just the left. New, assignable and tactile function buttons located on the front of the camera enable fast access to features the photographer uses frequently. The vertical grip has been redesigned for comfort and familiarity, and combined with a vertical position Multi-Controller, Mfn2 and Depth-of-Field preview buttons provides every option found with horizontal for uninterrupted, intuitive shooting no matter the camera's orientation.

During shooting, the EOS-1D X's dedicated Quick Control button enables speedy changes of nearly every shooting parameter with the touch of a button. During playback, pressing the Quick Control button enables the photographer to protect images, rotate, rate, resize, view highlight alert, AF point and much more. Plus, with the EOS-1D X's new Multi Function Lock, the Main Dial, Quick Control Dial and Multi-Controller can all be locked, individually or together.

The EOS-1D X's Graphic User Interface shows improvements as well. The menu structure has been redesigned so that frequently used functions previously buried in the menu hierarchy are brought to the front. Operations previously assigned to buttons, controls, menus and custom functions have been consolidated for quick access in the menu, ensuring the photographer can concentrate on composing and shooting images.

Enhanced recording options with Dual Card Slots, Gigabit-Ethernet terminal

To complement the high-speed drive and record the maximum number of shots as quickly as possible, the EOS-1D X records solely to industry speed-leading CompactFlash cards and features Dual Card Slots. Supporting UDMA mode 7, with a maximum data transfer rate of 167 MB/s as well as exFAT maximum file sizes, the EOS-1D X can use Type I and Type II CF recording media. Three recording settings are available: Auto switch, wherein the camera automatically switches from one card to another when the first is filled, Record Separately where the same image is recorded to each card, but in different size or file type, or Record to Multiple, where the same image is saved to both cards in the same size (or sizes), providing an instant backup for added security. Additionally, images can easily be transferred from one CF card to the other. Wired image transfer is also speedier than ever thanks to the EOS-1D X's built-in Gigabit Ethernet terminal (1000BASE-TX).

Optional Canon Wireless File Transmitter & GPS

The EOS-1D X is compatible with the new WFT-E6A Wireless File Transmitter for wireless LAN and Bluetooth transfer with the IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n standards, performing up to 2.5x faster than previous models. A new image resend feature ensures that all images get transferred, even if a signal drop interrupts transmission. The small and lightweight WFT-E6A is discrete, does not interfere with other camera operations, and maintains the EOS-1D X's high level of dust and drip resistance.

The GPS Receiver GP-E1** attaches to the EOS-1D X, offering the same dust and water-resistant protection as the camera body itself, features its own power supply and is always ready to append location data to images. It records latitude, longitude, elevation and has a GPS Time Sync Function that synchronizes the camera clock with a satellite and features an electronic compass that records the camera's orientation when shooting.

**In certain countries and regions, the use of GPS may be restricted. Therefore, be sure to use GPS in accordance with the laws and regulations of your country or region. Be particularly careful when traveling outside your home country.

As a signal is received from GPS satellites, take sufficient measures when using in locations where the use of electronics is regulated.

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Canon EOS-1D X Review

And then there was one - one Canon EOS 1-Series DSLR body. The Canon EOS-1D X.

The "1" means top-of-the-line, as-good-as-it-gets, #1, you're-going-to-love-it. The "D" means "Digital". And the "X" represents the "crossover" that has taken place - representing the merging of two product lines - the 1D and the 1Ds lines. The "X" also represents the Roman numeral 10, representing the 10th generation of Canon pro cameras - starting with the F1 of the 70s. Or eXtreme.

Canon 1-Series bodies have long been an ultimate choice for professional and enthusiast photographers of all levels and pursuits, with price typically excluding less-serious photographers from ownership. Professional and enthusiast photographers, historically (since the digital era) have chosen between the 1D and 1Ds lines - or they have owned both. Most recently, sports and action photographers most frequently have chosen the Canon EOS-1D Mark IV because of its fast 10 fps frame rate, while portrait, architecture and landscape photographers, along with anyone else requiring ultimate resolution and/or a large full frame sensor, have most frequently chosen the only-5-fps Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III.

I have been part of the latter group, though I regularly used my 1Ds III bodies for sports - because I love the shallow depth of field look it gives my sports images. As I began writing the first looks segment of this review, my first 1Ds Mark III body was 3 days beyond its 4th birthday. I have loved this camera, but there are a lot of new features available on newer Canon EOS DSLR cameras that the 1Ds III did not have - and that I was desirous of.

In my Dec 23, 2010 What I Want from Canon for Christmas news/blog post, I requested a Canon EOS-1Ds Mark IV with "... the latest DSLR features (horizon level, better LCD, HD video ...) to be added to it." "Increase the resolution and frame rate too", I requested.

As the dust settled on the long-anticipated full frame sensor format 18.1mp Canon EOS-1D X DSLR announcement, I was repeatedly being asked the question "Are you excited about the new Canon EOS-1D X?" The ONLY reason my excitement for this excellently-spec'd camera was being questioned was because the 1D X has fewer megapixels than the Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III it replaces.

As I said before, I had personally chosen the 1Ds III over the Canon EOS-1D Mark IV as my primary camera because of the full frame sensor format advantage and the higher resolution it delivered. Otherwise, I consider the 1D IV a better camera overall.

So, the 1D X retains the full frame sensor format that I strongly want but gives up 3mp of resolution. I expected to be able to notice the difference that 3mp makes - and I can.

The site's ISO 12233 resolution chart tool allows the 1D X's image quality to be compared to many other Canon EOS DSLRs from a resolution/sharpness perspective. Here are some preloaded comparisons, starting with the 1Ds III comparison:

Compared to the 1Ds Mark IIICompared to the 1D Mark IVCompared to the 1D Mark IIICompared to the 5D Mark IIICompared to the 5D Mark IICompared to the 7D

What I see first is that the Canon EOS-1D X, as expected, delivers very sharp images. The resolution chart images (and the noise sample images below) are processed in Canon's Digital Photo Pro using a sharpness setting of only "1" (very low). Still, 1D X image sharpness looks great.

The 1D X's full frame sensor especially shines in comparison to the APS-C sensor format 7D. The 1D X also compares quite favorably to the APS-H 1D sensor format Mark IV. The higher resolution full frame sensor DSLRs (5D II, 5D III and 1Ds III) show an advantage in resolution.

If you have read any of the site's other recent Canon EOS DSLR camera reviews, you will recognize the following color block test that clearly shows and compares sensor noise. Click on the color block image below to view a pair of image quality comparisons between several current-at-this time DSLR cameras. This comparison was previously featured on this page, but has been moved to its own page to avoid (especially for mobile users) the large file download required.

If you read the image quality discussion on that page, you can skip down to the emboldened "beyond superb image quality".

This test gets us as close as possible to the image quality delivered directly by the sensor. And there are a lot of comparisons that can be made. If you can't see a noise difference in a particular comparison, it is unlikely that you would see a difference in your actual images. Note also that you might see the differences more easily if you zoom in your browser's view (typically CTRL-+ with CTRL-0 to return).

An obvious observation that can be made is that the 1D X goes where no Canon DSLR has gone before (and has gone where we didn't even dream of in film days) - to ISO 204800. As usual, I wouldn't use the highest ISO setting in any of the recent DSLRs unless it was an emergency (perhaps with a gun held to my head). There once again is more noise than detail at the highest setting - there is no hope in reading all but the largest words in this example.

By ISO 51200, I can start reading some of the black text on this chart and even more is readable at 25600. I still would not want to use these settings for any project requiring high image quality - but they are indeed available for the situation that warrants their use. The 1D X does deliver noticeably cleaner images at these ultra-high ISO settings than any Canon DSLR has delivered to date. And noticeably less noise at the lower, more-used ISO settings as well.

Noise at ISO 12800 remains a touch strong for my taste, but ISO 6400 results are not too bad - closer to what the 1Ds III and 5D II delivered at ISO 3200. Even when up-rezzed to 5D III image dimensions (the "1DX>5DIII" results), the 1D X retains a noise advantage over these also-impressive DSLRs.

The 5D III competes most strongly with the 1D X as of 1D X review time. The 1D X has retains the low noise advantage even when up-rezzed to the same pixel dimensions - especially at the higher ISO settings. And the 5D III image is slightly sharper in that comparison (this difference is better seen below).

Noise reduction is a highly variable setting that can be applied to your taste with you software of choice. The "1D X NR" results show Canon DPP's default noise reduction enabled. Noise reduction is very destructive process (it does not always properly differentiate noise from subject), but the high ISO results look much better with noise reduction enabled.

Canon claims 2 stops of noise improvement in the 1D X over the already very good EOS-1D Mark IV. Unfortunately, you will need to shoot in JPEG format to see the full 2 stop advantage. The significant processing power in this camera and the algorithms it uses are able to deliver better in-camera noise reduction. I'm not planning to change my workflow from RAW to JPEG due to this better in-camera processing, but I definitely appreciate the improvements in the RAW image quality.

Below is another comparison example that includes fine details. These samples were taken from the same shot and processing as described above. Fine details better-show resolution and better-hide high ISO noise.

There are a lot of conclusions that can be made from the above comparisons, but ... the 1D X performance is looking very good from both resolution and noise standpoints. The 1D X wins the overall high ISO noise competition and the 5D III retains a modest resolution edge.

I don't like giving up resolution (from my 1Ds III bodies), but 18mp is still a lot to work with and more than most applications need - 3mp is not a great loss. So, even if I don't gain my wish-list line item resolution upgrade with the 1D X, I do not lose anything of big significance in this regard.

Image quality is always at the top of my list in camera selection, but the 1D X offers a tremendous number of benefits beyond superb image quality. Let's back up and look at the big picture.

The 12fps frame rate is soooo drool-worthy - just listen to this. Better LCD, improved self-cleaning sensor, impressive new AF system, built-in electronic level, better auto white balance, vastly improved auto exposure, HD video ... the entire list of feature improvements is huge. The significanly-lower-than-the-1Ds-III's-market-entry-price-tag is also greatly appreciated. The 1Ds III was $8,000 while the 1D X hit the streets at $6,800.

1D owners now have the blazingly fast frame rate (faster than any 1D before) they need and all will have the advantage of the large full frame sensor's low light performance along with all of the other advantages this most-advanced-to-date DSLR offers.

When the 1D X was first released:

The new Canon EOS-1D X, unlike previous 1D-Series DSLRs, would not autofocus when using lenses or lens combinations with an f/8 max aperture. Chuck Westfall (Canon USA), through Arthur Morris, confirmed this: "AF is unavailable on the EOS-1D X if the maximum aperture reported to the camera through the electronic lens mount is smaller than f/5.6."

This is of course was (key word) disappointing to many extender users. Canon does not currently have a bare lens with a max aperture narrower than f/5.6, but adding a 1.4x extender to an f/5.6 max aperture lens results in an f/8 max aperture lens that will no longer AF. And, adding a 2x extender to an f/4 max aperture lens results in an f/8 max aperture lens that also will not AF.

The largest group of photographers affected by this change were, probably, bird photographers (such as Arthur Morris) - who have been dealt a double blow with the 1D X. Bird photography typically needs the most reach possible - through both lens focal length and sensor density. Increasing focal length via extenders had been limited (for autofocus to function) and the 1D X has a less-dense sensor than either of the previous 1-Series models.

Significant update: Canon EOS-1D X Firmware Update Version 1.1.1 has now enabled center-AF-point-only autofocusing with f/8 maximum aperture lens + extender combinations - just like the prior 1-Series bodies. Woohoo!

Continuing ... the 1D X is amazing. It is characteristic for Canon to list what they feel are the key specifications for a new DSLR. Here are the key specifications from Canon's perspective.

Key specifications

  • 18.1 Megapixel, Full-frame CMOS sensor
  • 61-point AF with up to 41 cross-type AF points
  • Zone, Spot and AF Expansion Focusing modes
  • DUAL "DIGIC 5+" processors plus DIGIC 4 processor dedicated to AE functions
  • 12fps shooting with 14fps super High Speed continuous
  • ISO 100 to 51,200 as standard, ISO 50 to 204,800 with expansion
  • 100,000-pixel RGB AE sensor
  • +/- 5 Stop Exposure Compensation
  • 55ms shutter lag, 36ms via 'Shortened Release Lag' Custom Function
  • Full HD Movie shooting with ALL-I or IPB compression
  • 29mins 59sec clip length in Full HD Movie
  • Timecode setting for HD Movie shooting
  • Transparent LCD viewfinder with new focusing screen
  • 8.11cm (3.2"), 1.04 million pixel Clear View II LCD Screen
  • Improved EOS Integrated Cleaning System (EICS)
  • Dual CF Card slots
  • Silent control touch-pad area
  • Full-frame CMOS sensor

This review already shared a series of image quality comparisons. Here is the information behind the technology that delivers that image quality.

As already noted, the 1D X gets a full frame sensor, but delivers a slightly lower resolution than the 1Ds III (and the much lower-priced 5D Mark II). But the 1D X's sensor has some clear advantages over these older cameras' sensors - explaining the improved image quality seen earlier in the review. Capturing all of the light reaching the sensor is the first order of business for a sensor, and the 1D X CMOS sensor is the first announced Canon full frame sensor to make use of gapless microlens technology to insure that all light is directed into a pixel well. The 1D X has 21% larger pixels and which are now much thinner - bringing the photodiodes closer to the sensor surface. There is basically no change in the low-pass filter from previous models. These design improvements contribute to the 1D X's image quality.

Converting the captured light becomes the next order of business. The 1D X sensor deploys new photodiode construction that results in an improved photoelectric conversion rate and, along with improved transistors inside the pixels, a better signal-to-noise ratio. These improvements, along with advancements in image processing algorithms, provide a wider dynamic range, reduced noise and reduced moiré patterning and false color - which equate to better overall image quality.

The 1D X sensor requires 16-channel readout (with two-vertical-pixel simultaneous readout - 1.4x faster than the 1D IV) to attain its highest-available frame per second rate of 14 fps (requires the mirror to be locked up).

With dual DIGIC 5+ processors and a DIGIC IV processor, the 1D X is a computing powerhouse. DIGIC 5+ processors deliver 3x faster image processing performance than the DIGIC 5 processor and 17x faster image processing performance than the DIGIC IV processor. In comparison, the 1D IV has a pair of DIGIC IV processors - which have approximately six times more processing power than each of the two DIGIC III processors found in the 1Ds III. It is hard to wrap one's mind around the 1D X's computing performance improvement over its predecessors.

The high-performance processors allow improved in-camera high ISO noise reduction without a reduction in frame rate or burst depth. This processing power also enables improved image quality in additional ways. In addition to Peripheral Illumination Correction, the 1D X now features in-camera Chromatic Aberration Correction, removing color fringing and halos around high contrast edges.

The 1D X's processing power is used for improved image quality in relation to white balance, Automatic Picture Style (new), autofocus, exposure and Auto Lighting Optimizer. The DIGIC 4 processor is utilized exclusively in conjunction with a new 100,000-pixel RGB Metering Sensor and EOS intelligent Subject Analysis System (EOS iSA System) that analyses the color, brightness, motion, contrast and distance information of a scene. The 252 metering zones (the 1D IV has 63) along with new subject/scene recognition capabilities (including color and face detection) make a difference in most/all auto image quality settings - including auto flash exposures.

The new Auto Picture Style is designed to be especially effective with nature and landscape images (including those taken at sunset). I currently shoot in the Neutral Picture Style because of the low-contrast histogram it gives me and usually process using the Standard Picture Style as my basis. Someday I'll get time to try out APS, but I haven't needed it enough to date to try it.

Auto Lighting Optimizer (ALO) is said to be improved with the promise of "better results when shooting sunsets, highly saturated scenes or scenes with highlights that could be easily over-exposed". Again, I don't use ALO.

An improvement I strongly looked forward to with the EOS iSA System is improved auto white balance accuracy. The 1Ds Mark III auto white balance turns in a very red/orange/yellow tone under low color temperature light sources such as common tungsten lights. Canon made big AWB improvements starting with the Canon EOS 7D, and the 1D X now bests the 7D's capabilities. Noticeable AWB improvements are said to have been made for portrait or sunset scenes. By far the biggest AWB difference I see from my 1Ds III is indeed under tungsten light where the 1D X delivers a very accurate AWB result.

In dark environments, the 1D X shifts down to using 35 zones for more accurate exposures.

A new imaging option enabled by the DIGIC 5+ processors is the ability to shoot multiple exposures, stacking between two and nine separate frames to create one single final image. Stacking settings available are Additive (like Multi-Exposure with film cameras - requires each frame to be underexposed), Average (automatically underexposes images for stacking), (Comparative) Bright (emphasizes bright areas) and (Comparative) Dark (eliminates bright areas).

When I first read "multiple exposures", my mind immediately jumped to in-camera HDR - and I got excited. Only to be disappointed as HDR is not an ME option. Reality is that I do not see myself ever using the 1D X multiple exposure feature. And with HDR as part of Digital Photo Pro, I do not need the in-camera HDR feature either.

Sensor dust is a big detriment to image quality - I have spent a huge number of hours removing sensor dust from my images. Canon has made many advances in self-cleaning sensor technology since the 1Ds Mark III was introduced and I anxiously awaited for these advances to land in my daily-use DSLR. The 1D X EICS (EOS Integrated Cleaning System) unit is more advanced than any previous unit - now using Ultrasonic Carrier Wave Motion Cleaning to roll (instead of scattering) dust particles down the anti-dust Fluorine coated filters in front of the CMOS sensor.

Ironically, my 1D X was delivered with one of the dirtiest-from-factory sensors I've seen yet. I was able to clean the sensor with only a Rocket Blower, so the issue was only a minor one. It is not unusual to receive a DSLR with dirty sensors, but for this price of this camera, I expect the sensor to be clean out of the box. Note that this is not only a Canon problem. I'd be embarrassed to tell you how long it took to get a Nikon D3X to stop splattering oil on the sensor (I used over $100 worth of cleaning supplies on that one).

Unfortunately, I continue to find this sensor with dust on it - and have had to use sensor cleaning swabs to remove some of it. I'm hoping that this is just a break-in issue and that once all of the dust is removed from the camera chamber, I will no longer have this problem. But I'm definitely not impressed so far.

Long term use update: This sensor continues to collect dust more rapidly than most cameras I've used to date. If frequently shooting with a narrow aperture, this camera will prove frustrating in this regard. If shooting with mostly with a wide open aperture as I do (primarily for sports action), the sensor dust seldom becomes visible.

  Critical to good image quality is accurate autofocus. Canon concedes that "Autofocus systems in general have reached a point where they have plateaued in performance." And they set out to break the barriers. From the Canon EOS-1D X AF system description details, it appeared that they had succeeded. From my experience with the 1D X AF system, I know that they have.

"The EOS-1D X includes a brand new 61-Point High Density Reticular AF, the most sophisticated DSLR AF system Canon has ever released."

"To achieve the goal of optimum AF in diverse situations and lighting conditions, the EOS-1D X makes use of far more than just an autofocus sensor, as previous cameras have done. Instead data is collected from the 61-point AF sensor, the auto exposure sensors, an AF correction light-source detection sensor and, with certain lenses, a panning detection gyro sensor. While these sensors provide a benefit to One-Shot AF shooting, the major benefit is found with AI Servo, where they can help identify the subject by not only contrast, but also color."

The images below show the 1D X AF point layout along with that of several other Canon EOS DSLRs.

 

The 1D X AF sensor is larger than any previous 1D/1Ds body. The vertical measurement remains 8mm, but the horizontal measurement increased from 15mm (1D Mark IV and 1Ds Mark III) to 19mm. Regardless of how dense the AF points are, it is the overall spread that often has more importance to me - as I typically often make use of only a few of the points anyway. For one example, the increased horizontal spread is going to allow placement of an AF point on a person's head at a closer focus distance in vertical orientation. The more-rectangular layout is unique compared to the diamond and oval layouts EOS owners are used to.

The 1D X was announced long before the 5D III, but the 5D III hit the streets long before the 1D X. The 5D III received what is essentially the same AF system. After spending lots of time behind the 5D III viewfinder, I can say that I'm loving the new AF point layout - and as expected, especially the larger spread it provides.

I am finding the dense pattern more useful than I expected - especially because of the accuracy these points are delivering. And, I am finding that I like the rectangular shape more than I expected to like it. I am better able to frame non-centered subjects while not needing to use a focus-and-recompose technique - which of course does not work in AI Servo (continuous) AF mode.

I'll let CPN describe the AF points:

"To improve focus accuracy, all 61 AF points feature a dual-line zigzag arrangement, as seen on three AF points within the EOS 7D. This arrangement provides the best aspects of both increased pixel pitch for finer precision and increased AF tracking speed with extra data points, without any of the drawbacks of either solution alone, allowing for both fast and accurate AF."

"Five of the central AF points, arranged vertically down the mid-line of the frame, function as Dual-Cross type AF points with lenses featuring an f/2.8 or faster maximum aperture (as seen on the central AF point of the EOS 7D). This means they are also arranged with a diagonally orientated AF point in an ‘X', plus a conventional horizontally and vertically arranged AF point, like a ‘+', offering increased focus precision."

"With lenses that have a maximum aperture of f/5.6, or faster, the central bank of 21 AF points will all function as cross-type AF sensors, and the left and right banks of 20 AF points each will act as cross-type sensors at f/4 and f/5.6."

"An advantage of the increased focus sensitivity is the ability to detect extreme defocus and correct accordingly. By using the whole AF sensor, where every point is vertical line sensitive at f/5.6 or greater, the lens can be refocused much more quickly than before. As part of this increased sensitivity, the EOS-1D X can now focus in even lower light levels than the EOS-1D Mark IV. Using a single central AF point with an f/2.8 lens, the EOS-1D Mark IV could focus in light levels of EV -1. However, the EOS-1D X is able to focus in EV -2, which is the equivalent of shooting under the light of the full moon."

The 1D X AF sensor is much more sensitive to small changes in contrast than previous models, promising significantly enhanced Low-contrast AF. Superior focusing precision is also promised.

The Canon EOS-1D X, featuring new EOS iTR (Intelligent Tracking and Recognition) AF options (not found in the 5D III), no longer must rely solely on the AF sensor for determining the proper focus distance. The 1D X can make use of data provided by the AE sensor and its DIGIC 4 processor to improve focus tracking in AI Servo mode.

In its default mode, the 1D X utilizes phase/contrast detection AF information for AF - looking for the area of greatest contrast. I hesitate to use the word "conventional" to describe anything about the 1D X AF system, but phase/contrast detection is what has been the technology used by EOS DSLR AF for many years.

To prevent the AF system from jumping to another subject (perhaps another object/person with higher contrast), the 1D X, in a second mode, can detect and track the color and/or the face of your initial subject - adjusting the selected AF point to follow the intended subject. I have been watching for the improvements this feature is said to deliver, but ... I'm not yet seeing a dramatic improvement over the 5D III in this regard. Both cameras have incredible AF systems.

The 1D X's 61 AF points result in a greater AF point density compared to the Canon EOS-1D IV's 41 AF points. Along with having more AF points to manually choose from, the 1D X's AF point density results in increased focus precision - especially when tracking moving subjects.

Like the Canon EOS 7D, the 1D X features six AF point selection modes: Spot, Single Point, Single Point with surrounding four points, Single Point with surrounding eight points, Zone selection and Automatic AF point selection (all AF points active). Spot AF activates a smaller section of the selected AF point for more precise focusing. Spot AF is not recommended for tracking action or for use in very low light scenarios. In Spot and Single Point AF selection modes, the viewfinder will visually indicate that a non-cross-type AF point is selected by flashing the selected AF point.

In AF point expansion modes, the 4 or 8 AF points surrounding the selected AF point are used to assist in subject tracking. In Zone AF mode, one of nine zones is selected and the 1D X will automatically select the AF point to be used within the selected zone.

Autofocus point selection can be orientation-specific. Separate AF points can be selected to correspond to the camera being positioned grip up, grip right or grip down.

But I love the orientation-specific AF point selection feature. Using a big prime, I can track an athlete in horizontal orientation using perhaps an AF point about 1/3 from the left. As the subject approaches and begins to fill the frame, I flip the camera to vertical orientation and one of the top-most AF points is immediately ready to focus on the athlete's head.

Page 76 in the EOS-1D X owner's manual begins lists of lenses that have reduced dual cross-type AF capabilities, from Group A - H. Interesting is that the Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 L USM Lens, even with its f/2.8 aperture, can only utilize the center AF point as a dual cross-type point. The list of lenses that support no dual cross-type points is quite large - mostly f/4 max aperture lenses and lens + extender combinations. The 800 L lands in Group F, supporting only 47 AF points. Canon EF 1200mm f/5.6 L USM Lens owners will be disappointed with their group G placement - supporting only 33 AF points. The Canon EF 180mm L USM Lens also lands in this elite group.

The 1D X's AF settings are, as expected, highly customizable. Canon EOS DSLR AF settings historically are accessed via a custom function menu, but on the 1D X, they are promoted to a full menu tab - and many sub-tabs. These menu options take some time to learn to an efficient level, but now that I've been using them, I really like the new way of presenting the options. Configuration settings include tracking sensitivity, the acceleration/deceleration of tracked subjects and AF point auto switching.

New with the 5D III and 1D X are AF presets. To reduce complexity of the 1D X AF system, Canon provides six preconfigured (and changeable) AF "Case" settings (with icons representing their intended purpose) for common shooting scenarios.

Case 1 (default) is for general purpose shooting.

Case 2 is designed for situations where the subject may move away from the AF point momentarily.

Case 3 will allow you to instantly focus on subjects that enter the AF point area.

Case 4 is designed for subjects that change speed or direction rapidly.

Case 5 is designed for use with automatic AF point selection, Zone AF and AF Point expansion and subjects that move erratically, up and down or left and right.

Case 6 is like a combination of both 'Case 4' and 'Case 5' and is for subjects that change speed abruptly and move erratically.

The Canon EOS-1D X receives an upgraded predictive AI Servo autofocus algorithm. One stated change is that the initial subject will continue to be tracked even if the AF point is not on the subject for a short period of time - or if an object passes in front of the subject.

Using an attached Canon EF 300mm f/2.8 L IS II USM Lens or Canon EF 400mm f/2.8 L IS II USM Lens, the 1D X is able to detect both horizontal and vertical panning motion. If panning motion is detected, obstacles panned across will not cause the AF system to lock onto them. I have heard reports of the 1D X having in-camera gyros, but Canon USA does not indicate the presence of such gyros in their press release and has also confirmed their lack of presence to me.

"The increased sensitivity of the focus system has also allowed for faster predictive focus measurements." "In previous EOS cameras there was a warm-up period while the AF system began tracking." No warm-up period is necessary with the 1D X.

The 1D X is also improved by light source detection. This is how CPN describes this feature:

"As first seen in the EOS 7D, the EOS-1D X features a light source detection system to improve focus accuracy under artificial lighting. Because of the higher resolution of the AF sensors, chromatic aberration within the optics could lead to focus errors because the different colours of light waves are focused at slightly different distances. However, because the camera is able to determine how much red/green or blue/green light there is in a scene, the AF system can adjust for any potential chromatic aberrations that may occur within the AF system. While this is useful in all shooting situations, the greatest benefit will be seen when shooting under artificial lighting."

CPN also described the 1D X's AF system durability:

"AF system materials used have been chosen to withstand high and low temperatures equally well, as well as conditions of high humidity. The sub-mirror of the AF system has also been modified from an elliptical shape, as found in the EOS-1D Mark IV, to a flat surface in order to provide higher AF stability."

A properly AF-calibrated camera/lens combination is a requirement for accurate autofocus. AF tuning through AF Microadjustment has been available on the better Canon EOS bodies for many years now, but the 1D X takes AFMA a step forward. The 1D X is now able to automatically (or optionally, manually) detect the serial number of the mounted lens, and therefore, it can differentiate between multiple copies of the same lens. This means that multiple copies of the same lens model can be individually calibrated to a single 1D X body. I know that this feature is not going to mean much to most individuals, but it can mean a lot to agencies, schools and other organizations that have a large pool of cameras and lenses available.

What might be more important to individuals is that the EOS-1D X now allows separate AF Microadjustment for both the wide angle and the telephoto settings of a zoom lens.

Note that firmware version 1.0.2 installed on the initial-shipping 1D X bodies has a bug the causes AFMA to not remember the settings it was programmed for.

As I said early in this review, the originally-released 1D X firmware did not permit AF with lenses and lens combinations that report an aperture narrower than f/5.6. To be more clear, f/8 max aperture lens plus extender combinations would not AF on the 1D X. An f/5.6 lens with a 1.4x extender or an f/4 lens with a 2x extender would not AF on the 1D X. This is, I feared, was perhaps the end of that era. I have to admit that was surprised by this design decision.

Canon EOS-1D X Firmware Update Version 1.1.1 has restored f/8 AF capabilities to the 1D X. There was a lot of celebrating on that day.

Current EOS-1D and 1Ds owners should prepare for a bit of a learning curve when using the Canon EOS-1D X's new AF system. The benefits of this incredible AF system should far outweigh any effort required to learn how to use it efficiently.

My AF performance expectations for the 1D X were high after reading the product announcement, but they soared after using the excellent 5D Mark III. I expected no less from the 1D X than the 5D III delivered, and my expectations were definitely met/exceeded. I am struggling to see obvious 1D X advantages (including the face recognition) over the 5D III, but feel like I am seeing slightly more AF speed from the X. Regardless, both cameras perform extremely well.

One shot AF is consistently extremely accurate. I used many lenses with the 1D X, focusing especially on combinations that create a focus-error-highlighting shallow DOF. The Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 L IS USM Lens can always be counted on to bring home great images - here is one sample captured with this lens:

The 1D X AF remains very accurate even in very low light levels. If there is even a little contrast under the focus point, even in very low light levels, the 1D X will focus on it.

AI Servo remains the big challenge for AF systems, but the 1D X is the camera to base your action-shot career on. I frequently use similar AF examples (and hope that they do not become old to you), but a challenging AF subject that I am familiar with lets me better compare the AF performance between cameras and lenses. Since my spring sports have long ended and my summer sports schedule is practically empty, I created (with my "volunteers" - I volunteered them) some sports action to challenge the 1D X with.

I also employed the usual fast-moving horses for additional challenges. I'll share a burst sequence taken from one of the horse action sessions below. I can easily say that, between the frame rate and impressive AF system, this camera is better suited for action sports than any camera I've used to date.

Review update: After shooting sports (including cross country and soccer) for an entire fall season, I can easily say that this camera's AF system performs significantly better than any DSLR I've used to date. I'm thrilled with the 1D X AF performance.

The 1D X is all about speed, precision and durability. Let's talk more about speed.

The Canon EOS-1D X takes the blazing fast 10 fps frame rate of the 1D IV and adds 2 fps to that number for an incredible 12 fps frame rate. The sound of a 12 fps is simply awesome. It is sure to make you smile - and sure to capture the perfect moment of the action you are shooting.

The 1D X has the option to add another 2 fps to that figure for 14 fps. At this burst rate, the 1D X records only JPG images and the mirror remains locked up during capture. I find myself less excited about the 14 fps capability since I most typically use fast burst for capturing action. Capturing action typically means that the subject is moving and that I need both the viewfinder and fast phase detection AF to track the action. With the mirror locked up, the viewfinder is not usable and AF does not function.

Enabling the incredible frame rates required some design changes. Dedicated motors (two of them) are now used to drive the mirror and shutter. "To ensure high-precision AF, the mirror and sub-mirror are arrested by an absorption mechanism with four stoppers to reduce rebound and vibration during operation." This mechanism will also yield a more stable viewfinder image at high frame rates.

My testing with a Lexar Professional 1000x 32GB UDMA-7 CompactFlash Card blew away Canon's 38 max RAW frame burst figure - with 54-55 frames captured every time - at a rate of about 11.7 fps. Stepping down to a UDMA-6 CF card produced the same number of frames in a burst.

This is what 12 fps looks like (roll your mouse over the number labels below the image):

These 26 images represent just slightly over 2 seconds of time - the horse is moving fast. These images were brightened by .25 stops over my manual camera exposure settings (the sun was setting). They were otherwise untouched - Standard Picture Style and AWB. The Canon EF 400mm f/2.8 L IS II USM Lens was used for these captures.

Are you shooting at 6 fps (the 5D III's performance)? Pick your favorite shot of the 26 presented above. If the number is odd, you capture the evens with your DSLR. If your number is even, you get the odds. Murphy's law of course. Doubling the frame rate is significant and can help significantly when working with a fast moving subject - and can help avoid frequency issues preventing the ideal capture.

Make no mistake - the 12 fps frame rate delivering 54+ shot bursts combined with an incredible AF system can create a post processing nightmare if your subject is not moving fast. I shot the racing horse and rider for about 45 minutes in the sweet light just before sunset. Most of that time, the horse was resting (it was nearly 100°F out) and walking back to make another pass. I captured well over 1,000 images that were nearly all focused precisely where they should be (though I frequently caught bouncing horse ears in my selected AF point when the distances became close). The 1D X's AF is so fast that it had no problem jumping forward from the rider's head to the racing horse's head within neighboring 12 fps captures at close distances. It's that fast.

I probably spent 3 or 4 hours going through the shots from that session alone to select the above example for this review.

If the subject is moving quickly, you will simply select the ideal pose for the keeper. And you probably will have that perfect pose in the set - bat-on-ball, air show opposing crossover, runner's perfect stride, finish line being crossed, soccer player taking a shot, proper flying bird wing position.

Another great use for the fast frame rate is handheld HDR (High Dynamic Range) captures using AEB (Auto Exposure Bracketing).

While the 1D X continues to offer the Silent mode that the previous 1-Series bodies had, it is not close to the low noise level of the 5D III's redefining Silent mode. Those requiring near silent capture will want the 5D III behind their lens.

Here are Canon EOS-1D X MP3 sound clips for your review.

12 fps ContinuousSingle ShotSilent ModeCanon EOS 5D Mark III, then 7D, 1D Mark IV and then 1D X Burst Comparison

Also fast is the responsiveness of the shutter. Being able to precisely time the shot is extremely important for a professional photographer. The 1D X has a shutter lag of only 55ms and, with the Shortened Release Lag custom function enabled, certain lenses mounted and certain aperture settings (typically wide open) in use, can be shortened to an even more impressive 36ms.

Releasing the shutter on the 1D X is akin to pulling the trigger of a fine target rifle. There is an immediate crisp/sharp report with no vibration following. There is noticeably less vibration than with the 1Ds Mark III.

The available shutter speed range is 1/8000 to 30 sec. as well as bulb. The 1D X's X-sync speed is 1/250 sec.

Interesting is that the 1D X is not the first Canon SLR to reach 14 FPS. In 1984, Canon introduced the fixed/Pellicle mirror F-1 High Speed Motor Drive Film Camera that was also spec'd at 14 fps. This camera, with its two huge 24v power packs, was huge. And you would spend most of your F-1 High Speed shooting time reloading film.

The 12 fps frame rate will tear through memory card capacity in a hurry. Here are the representative file sizes for the RAW color block comparison images shown earlier in the review.

The following table shows comparative RAW file sizes for a photo of a standard in-studio setup with a moderately-high amount of detail taken with the referenced Canon EOS DSLR body.

Canon RAW file sizes increase with: 1. Resolution 2. Bit Depth (14-bit is better/larger) 3. Detail (noise adds detail, so high ISO file sizes increase). Memory and disk are cheap - buy more. :)

Being able to consume the data generated by 18.1mp RAW images captured at 12 fps requires fast processing. As discussed earlier, this camera employs dual DIGIC 5+ processors. These processors are fed by 4 four-channel Analogue-Digital convertors consuming the CMOS sensor's 16-channel readout. The EOS-1D Mark IV has 4 two-channel Analogue-Digital convertors in comparison.

Just after I standardized on SDHC cards for my 1Ds Mark III bodies (primarily for use in my laptop's built in card reader), the 1D X comes out with two CompactFlash card slots (the recent 1-Series bodies had both CF and SDHC slots). DIGIC 5+ processing power allows the 1D X to fully utilize UDMA 7 CompactFlash memory cards for a sustained write speed of up to 167MB/sec. The 1D X will write to both cards simultaneously for redundancy or is able to write to the second card upon filling the first.

Canon's 1-Series bodies have always received the most rugged build quality and the 1D X continues this tradition. Designed for reliable operation in harsh environments, the 1D X sports a magnesium alloy body shell and internal structure that protects and provides a rigid, solid feel. Note that "rigid" is especially helpful when shooting from a tripod - lesser cameras show a noticeable amount of flex when locked down on a tripod.

Utilizing "76 seals around buttons and body joints to help keep water and dust out of the internals", the 1D X "features the same dust and drip-proof construction" as the 1D IV - which again, is best-available in a Canon EOS model. Canon uses push buttons in the 1-Series bodies for improved weather sealing along with quicker operation and fewer accidental changes over dials.

Durability extends to shutter mechanism - the 1D X receives an EOS record shutter durability rating of 400,000 actuations. I have replaced two 1Ds III shutter assemblies - hopefully I will have to replace zero 1D X shutter assemblies.

Canon EOS Rebel SL1 / 100Dn/a
Canon EOS Rebel T5i / 700Dn/a
Canon EOS Rebel T4i / 650Dn/a
Canon EOS Rebel T3i / 600Dn/a
Canon EOS Rebel T2i / 550Dn/a
Canon EOS Rebel T1i / 500D100,000
Canon EOS Rebel T5 / 1200Dn/a
Canon EOS Rebel T3 / 1100Dn/a
Canon EOS Rebel XSi / 450D100,000
Canon EOS Rebel XS / 1000D100,000
Canon EOS Rebel XTi / 400D50,000
Canon EOS Rebel XT / 350D50,000
Canon EOS 70D100,000
Canon EOS 60D100,000
Canon EOS 50D100,000
Canon EOS 40D100,000
Canon EOS 30D100,000
Canon EOS 20D50,000
Canon EOS 7D150,000
Canon EOS 6D100,000
Canon EOS 5D Mark III150,000
Canon EOS 5D Mark II150,000
Canon EOS 5D100,000
Canon EOS-1D X400,000
Canon EOS-1D Mark IV300,000
Canon EOS-1D Mark III300,000
Canon EOS-1D Mark II N200,000
Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III300,000
Canon EOS-1Ds Mark II200,000

The size of the Canon EOS-1D X is increased very slightly from the 1D Mark IV. I didn't notice the difference when I first picked up the camera - it felt very familiar to me. And even with a 1D X and 1Ds III side-by-side, the size difference is hard to detect. The 1D X feels like the 1Ds III and 1D IV bodies - which is a very good thing.

I really like the feel of these cameras - both horizontal and vertical grips feel similar and very comfortable in my medium-sized hand even after long term continuous use. The vertical grip lacks the added bulk some battery grips add.

While the 1D X did not get the better thumb grip that the 5D III received, it does get some additional overhang below the shutter release to help secure the grip.

If small and light are on your DSLR shopping requirements list, the 1D X is not for you. I personally appreciate this camera's mass when shooting. It is easy to hold it steady - and again, feels rock solid.

If you are moving to a 1-Series body from one of the Rebel series cameras, you are going to be in for an adjustment. However, if you are using one of the mid-sized bodies (such as the Canon EOS 50D or the Canon EOS 5D Mark II) with a battery grip, the size and weight difference is not so significant.

Be ready for another big change when first looking into the 1D X viewfinder. Canon EOS 1-Series bodies have always had differentiatingly large, bright, 100%-view, all-glass pentaprism viewfinders with plenty of nose relief from the LCD, and in many regards, the 1D X viewfinder is similar to the 1Ds III. But the 1D X viewfinder unmistakably like no 1-Series viewfinder before it.

"The translucent LCD [as seen in the 7D and 5D III] allows the camera to display more essential information within the viewfinder, including the 61 AF points, Zone, Spot or Expansion AF points and a grid when required." Seeing 61 focus point reference squares (when selecting an AF point) is a bit overwhelming at first glance. Fortunately, the viewfinder display is highly configurable, including the option to turn off all information display, via the menu options controlling it.

In dim light, red LEDs light the viewfinder LCD display for easy visibility. These red LEDs can optionally be set to always be on or off using custom functions.

Canon notes that "Compared to the viewfinder found on the EOS 7D, the one found in the EOS-1D X has been designed for usage in harsher environments and it will function substantially better in temperatures below 0°C." Canon also notes that, "With the camera turned off the display will appear milky due to light scattering, but once the camera is powered on the display becomes clear."

The advantage offered by the 100% view delivered by the 1-Series viewfinders should not be underestimated. WYSIWYG - What You See Is What You Get. No guessing where the frame edges really are during composition.

The 1D X remains compatible with Ec-type interchangeable focusing screens. I use Canon EC-D Laser Matte w/ Grid Focusing Screens in my 1Ds III bodies. However, the 1D X's viewfinder LCD grid negates my need for this focusing screen. And so does the viewfinder horizon level feature.

Note that the 1D X in the image comparison below appears to afford less nose relief than the 1D III body, but the Canon-supplied image was simply shot from a slightly different angle which gives the illusion that the eye relief has been reduced on the new model. And don't underestimate the advantage of the extra nose relief provided by the 1-Series bodies.

Click on the labels below the above image to compare the various DSLR camera models.

As you surely noticed, there are no Mode dials on the 1-Series bodies. As I mentioned before, buttons allow quicker operation, fewer accidental changes, better weather sealing, less susceptibility to damage - and buttons consume less vertical space - than dials. A button press followed by a rear/top control dial change is typically used for camera setting changes including mode selection.

The 1D Mark IV had a total of 5 modes available including Bulb. The Canon EOS-1D X includes those 5 modes and adds the 3 custom shooting modes (C1, C2, and C3) we have seen on lower end DSLR models. The C-Modes allow you to store a set of camera settings for quick recall. New with the 1D X is that setting changes made while in any of the C modes will update the stored settings and will be recalled when the camera is again switched to that specific C mode - or when the camera is awakened or powered up if the Custom shooting mode Auto update set menu option is enabled.

Found on consumer and entry-level pro camera models but missing on the 1D X are the Basic Zone pre-defined modes, "CA" (Creative Auto) mode and the fully-automatic point and shoot green square mode. With ISO set to Auto, the available "P" (Program) mode provides the 1D X near-fully automatic functionality.

The 1D X gains a button on the top. The ISO and +/- buttons have moved to the right to make room for the new-to-the-top WB (White Balance) button. To avoid button confusion during the heat of the shoot, the ISO button has a welcomed new, distinguishing shape.

Replacing the FEL button on both grips is one of the new, programmable Multi-function (M.Fn) buttons. You will find another pair of M.Fn buttons (M.Fn2) on the front of the 1D X. In the "No Lens" example in the front view image of the 1D X earlier in the review, you will see two pairs of buttons - and you will see that the old Depth of Field Preview button missing. Each of the button pairs features an M.Fn button and a DOF Preview button - one pair for each grip orientation.

Using the Custom Control settings menu, the 1D X M.Fn button can be programmed for one of 8 functions: FEL, AE Lock, AE Lock (hold), One touch image quality setting, One touch image quality (hold), Dual-Axis electronic level activation, Start movie recording and C-Mode access.

Using the Custom Control settings menu, the 1D X M.Fn2 button can be programmed for one of 13 functions: Switch to registered AF Point, Switch to registered AF Function, AF Off, One Shot AI-Servo, IS Start, One Touch Image Quality Setting, One Touch Image Quality (hold), FEL, AE Lock, AE Lock (hold), DOF Preview, Dual-Axis electronic level activation and Start movie recording. The M.Fn2 button can optionally be disabled.

Here is a visual comparison of the back of many Canon Digital SLR bodies.

 

The first 1D X back-of-the-camera change that jumps out at me is the dual Multi-controller setup. Now a Multi-controller is convenient to thumb access in both grip orientations. This is a very positive design change. Less positive is the narrower shape of the Multi-controller itself - I'm having more trouble getting the direction I want from it. Hopefully this is just an acclimation issue.

Moving the memory card door release was necessitated by the addition of the second Multi-controller. The new door release is slightly smaller than the previous version, but it remains very usable. Being directly under my thumb while using the portrait grip is not ideal - but the design is rather flush and really is not a big deal.

Most of the normal buttons are present on the back of the 1D X, but most of their locations are changed at least slightly and their sizes are, in some cases, increased slightly. Especially obvious is that the smaller of the two rear LCDs has traded positions with the bottom row of buttons. I find these buttons now easier to reach with my left thumb.

Notice that the blue magnifying glass icons have disappeared from the two top-right-most buttons on the back of the 1D X? As I first experienced with the Canon EOS 5D III, the image zoom feature as present on every EOS DSLR that hit the streets prior to the 5D III has been revamped.

Image playback is as it has been, but zooming from the default playback view now requires the magnifying glass button to be pressed. You can skip the playback button and go directly to the zoom view. The view you see after pressing the magnify button is one of many that can be configured in the Magnification menu option (including 10x magnification). Zooming in or out from this point requires the top dial to be turned. This change has been driving me crazy with the 5D III, but I find the button location on the 1D X to make this design modestly easier to use. I don't understand why the new playback zooming feature could not be simultaneously provided with the old.

Scrolling through a magnified image is very fast (using the Multicontroller/joystick).

Unlike the 5D III, the 1D X retains the right-thumb-reachable power switch location that I much prefer.

The Canon EOS-1D X becomes the first 1-Series body to get a Quick Control button. Pressing the Q button while in shooting mode will bring up the Quick Control Screen where camera settings can be accessed and adjusted quickly and easily without having to use the menu or look at the top LCD panel.

Pressing the Q button while in playback mode will present an overlay with applicable options - including new-for-a-1-Series-body RAW processing. Software exposure compensation, white balance, Picture Style, color space, Auto Lighting Optimizer, High ISO NR, Peripheral Illumination Correction, Chromatic Aberration Correction and the output dimensions and quality of the converted JPEG can be selected prior to processing.

Pressing Q while the menu is displayed will jump to the next menu tab.

"Like the EOS 7D, the EOS-1D X features the ability to modify the control layout to suit your needs using the Custom Controls function. This allows you to map the function to each button on the camera and change what the Main Dial, Quick Control Dial and Multi-controller adjust during use." A "Lock" setting on the power switch allows, via menu selection, the Main Dial, Quick Control Dial or Multi-controller to be locked - preventing accidental changes.

I'm excited to have a Dual-Axis Electronic Level available in the 1D X. This feature is especially helpful when photographing landscape and architecture - or any other situation where you want a level camera. This feature is also especially helpful in very low light scenarios when the horizon and other level-indicating features are not easily visible. The electronic level is available on the rear LCD (presenting a nice graphic of the camera's state of levelness) or in the viewfinder (using AF points to indicate state of levelness). I often use the viewfinder level even when shooting action handheld or from a monopod - to level the camera just before beginning to shoot.

The 1D X's electronic level, when shown on the rear LCD, is spec'd to show 360° of roll and +/-10° of pitch in 1° increments. Accuracy is reportedly +/-1° at up to +/-10° and +/-3° between +/-10° and +/-45°.

I frequently use a Hot Shoe Spirit Level when shooting landscape. Unfortunately, these are not always as accurate as I would like - and may be accurate in one installation position only, or may be accurate in only certain DSLR hot shoes. It will be much more difficult to physically lose the 1D X level, to forget it or to accidentally put it through the washing machine.

As expected, Canon's flagship DSLR receives Canon's best LCD - the Clear View LCD II. The Clear View LCD II measures 3.2" (81.1mm) and has 1.04 million dot resolution compared to the 1D IV's relatively new 3", 920,000 dot resolution. The aging 1Ds III has a 3" LCD but only 230,000 dot resolution. The 1D X LCD is beautiful and extremely important to me is that it display a very easy to read (even in bright sunlight) histogram.

"The [LCD] construction is the same as the unit on the EOS-1D Mark IV, with no gap between the protective glass cover and the LCD unit. With no gap, there is no air-glass interface, so refraction and reflection is reduced. The surface of the glass cover also features the same anti-reflective coating."

The rear LCD is of course used for menu setting changes as well as reviewing captured shots. The 1D X menu looks more overwhelming than prior models (except perhaps the 5D III) and will require some adjusting to. Found in the menu are 31 Custom Functions (mostly the same as the 1D IV) divided into 6 sections:

C.Fn 1 - Exposure C.Fn 2 - Exposure C.Fn 3 - Drive C.Fn 4 - Display/Operation C.Fn 5 - Operation C.Fn 6 - Others

New options are available for Custom Control and Custom Shooting Modes. The ability to change the function of the Protect Button to apply ratings to images is now available. Available drive modes (Single, High Speed, Low Speed, Self-timer 10sec, self-timer 2sec, Single Silent, and 14fps super High Speed) can once again be restricted using the Custom Function menu.

Not new, but a feature worth mentioning is the unique ability of Canon's 1-Series bodies to record 30 second voice memos to captured images. This is an excellent way to remember information pertaining to a photo - including the names of the subjects. Audio is recorded at 48KHz, or, new with the 1D X, an 8KHz sampling frequency for smaller file sizes can be selected in the Custom Functions menu.

And the rear LCD is of course used for shooting video.

New for a 1-Series body is the inclusion of a Movie/Live View button, conveniently located to the right of the viewfinder. Less surprising is that the 1D X, like most other Canon DSLRs introduced since 2008, starting with the ground-breaking Canon EOS 5D Mark II, has HD video capabilities. The 1D X incorporates all current video features and adds new ones. Here is a rundown of the 1D X video specs:

Available recording sizes and frame rates are: 1920 x 1080 (30, 25, 24 fps) (actually 29.97, 25, 23.976 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 50 fps) (actually 59.94, 50 fps) and 640 x 480 (30, 25 fps) (actually 29.97, 25 fps). The .MOV file format is used with the H.264 codec and new, selectable IPB (Bi-directional compression) or ALL-I (Intra-coded Frame) compression methods. IPB offers a higher compression rate by compressing multiple frames together while ALL-I compresses each frame individually - allowing for more precise editing. ALL-I compressed footage will be about three times larger (but requires less computing power) than IPB compressed footage.

Now supported in 1D X video is the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) timecode standard of Hour:Minute:Second:Frame (0-29 for 30 fps) with four options (and more sub options) for this counter. A drop frame count menu is available to compensate for counts when using frame rates such as 29.97 fps.

With its ability to start new video files during filming, the 4GB /12 min HD Movie clip limit has now been surpassed. "Legal reasons" (to fall below the EU's higher tax rate video camera designation) now limit the maximum total HD clip length to 29 minutes and 59 seconds.

Video exposure control is via Program AE or fully Manual exposure. ISO 100 through 51,200 are available as well as ±3 stops of exposure compensation in 1/3- or 1/2-stop increments.

Audio recording options are the internal microphone capturing 16bit mono sound or the 3.5mm stereo input jack - both recording at 48KHz. Manual audio level control is available (64 levels) and features a live audio level meter displayed on the rear LCD during filming. The audio recording level is now able to be adjusted (along with shutter speed, aperture, ISO and exposure compensation) during filming using the new Silent Control Function located inside the Quick Control Dial - a capacitive touch pad.

Both chromatic aberration and peripheral illumination correction are now available in 1D X video.

The 1D X video focusing option is listed as "Same as Live View Shooting". Plan on using manual focus.

The 1D X's video quality is impressive. And especially is the vast selection of high quality lenses available for this video recording.

Unlike all Canon EOS DSLRs before it, the 1D X features an error log that, not surprisingly, tracks all camera errors. These logs will give Canon Service better information for diagnosing problems. "With the status log, there is also a counter that keeps track of the number of shutter release cycles." Selecting the System status display menu option in the Tools menu shows the Release Cycles. I highly welcome the 1D X's odometer, but I'm not sure many of us will reach even close to the 400,000 shutter actuation rating of this camera - thus reducing the value of the feature.

  The ports available on the 1D X are, clockwise from top left, the system extension terminal (WFT-E6 or GP-E1 mentioned below), the new Ethernet RJ-45 terminal, the HDMI mini out and Audio/video OUT/digital terminal, and the external microphone IN terminal and remote control terminal (N3 type) and PC terminal.

The system extension terminal port cover protrudes somewhat at its hinge. Being hinged on the inside (if possible) would make the design more flush. I'm sure that I will not notice this minor issue once my L bracket arrives.

The new Gigabit Ethernet LAN port accepts an RJ-45 connector for direct cabling to a network similar to the slower LAN port on the 1D IV's WFT-E2 II. Image transfer and camera control capabilities are the same as those in the WFT. Supported are: FTP Transfer (upload images to an FTP server), EOS Utility (remotely controlled shooting and image upload), WFT Server (control and browse the camera directly from a web browser), Media Server (connect to a DLNA-compatible device such as HD TVs for payback) and Time Sync (new).

First available on the 1D X, the Multi Camera Time Sync Function allows multiple cameras to have their times perfectly synchronized. Having synchronized times allows photos taken with multiple cameras and by multiple photographers to be sorted chronologically.

  Shown above are the new Canon GP-E1 GPS Receiver and the Canon WFT-E6A Wireless File Transmitter. The Canon WFT-E6A Wireless File Transmitter is shown installed in a 1D X system extension terminal below.

The GP-E1 GPS Receiver features an electronic compass and GPS signal receiver, allowing location information to be added to the EXIF data for each image.

Featuring 802.11a/b/g and n (new, faster) compatibility, the WFT-E6 Wireless File Transmitter with a Bluetooth module extends the LAN port capabilities to wireless remote locations. While the GPS and WFT units cannot be installed simultaneously, geotagging is still optional through the use of an external Bluetooth GPS.

The Canon EOS-1D X utilizes a new, slightly higher capacity battery, the Canon LP-E4N Battery Pack. The Canon LP-E4N Battery Pack is both forward and backward compatible with the Canon LP-E4 Battery Pack found in the recent 1-Series bodies. Utilizing a larger number of smaller cells, the LP-E4N capacity increased from 2300mAh to 2450mAh. A new battery charger, the Canon LC-E4N, is required to fully charge the new batteries. The LC-E4 charger will charge LC-E4N batteries to only about 90% capacity.

Here are the battery specs from Canon Inc:

Viewfinder shooting at 73°F/23°C Approx. 1120 shots Viewfinder shooting at 32°F/0°C Approx. 860 shots Live View shooting at 73°F/23°C Approx. 290 shots Live View shooting at 32°F/0°C Approx. 250 shots

For reference, the LP-E4 + 1D IV combination is rated at 1500 shots.

My first fully charged LP-E4N gave me 2,862 shots with 11% battery remaining (the battery menu option keeps track of this for you) for an estimated 3,215 shots for a fully drained battery. This figure sounds extreme, but how you use the camera makes a big difference in battery life. Using burst mode significantly extends the shot capacity of the battery - probably 1,600 or so of these first charge shots were taken in burst mode.

My second LP-E4N charge gave me 1,816 shots with 47% battery remaining for an estimated 3,863 shots for a fully drained battery. A very adequate figure but again with a good percentage of shots captured in burst mode.

The 1D X is not currently available in a with-lens kit. The 1D X is not a starter camera for most people and therefore, many 1D X buyers already have one or more lenses. So, if you do not have a lens already, a lens is a required 1D X option.

The general purpose lenses I recommend most highly for this camera at review time are the Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM Lens and the Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 L USM Lens. The Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 L II USM Lens has been announced and will be an even better choice than the 24-70 L I.

If you need to stop action in low light or to get the shallowest DOF possible in the 24-70mm range, one of the 24-70 L lenses should be your choice. Otherwise, the 24-105 provides a longer focal length range in a smaller/lighter package - and has image stabilization. A host of prime lenses can also handle general purpose needs for this camera.

Then add a Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8 IS II USM Lens to your kit.

When you buy a Canon DSLR, you are buying into an incredible family of lenses and other accessories. One of these lenses is just the start.

The support provided by Canon's USA division is excellent (I have no experience with the other Canon divisions but generally hear similarly positive stories of most of them). When I call for support, I get an intelligent person who sincerely wants to help me with whatever my question or problem is. Repair service, though I don't frequently need it, is fast and reliable. Join CPS (Canon Professional Services) for extremely fast repairs.

As usual, this review does not cover nearly all aspects and features available on this camera. I highly recommend reading the (massive 420 page) owner's manual (link at the top of this review).

When the Canon EOS-1D X was announced, I fully expected it to become the ultimate Canon DSLR selection. It was sure to be a great upgrade from any Canon EOS DSLR made to date. The 1D X was announced on October 18, 2011 and was scheduled for March 2012 availability. Instead of a 1D X, March 2012 brought us both a Canon EOS 5D Mark III announcement (March 2, 2012) AND delivery (Mar 22, 2012 for me personally). It was not until July 5, 2012 that my first 1D X body arrived.

In the meantime, the 5D III, with a higher resolution sensor, similar (amazing) AF system and 50% lower price tag, grabbed the hearts of MANY photographers. In selecting your DSLR, you will want to look carefully at the advantages of both DSLRs. Here is a list:

Canon EOS-1D X Feature Advantages Over the EOS 5D Mark III

  • More advanced metering system (100k pixel, 252 zone RGB vs 63 zone iFCL)
  • EOS iTR AF (Intelligent Tracking and Recognition AF including facial recognition)
  • Frame rate is 2x faster (12 fps vs. 6 fps)
  • Higher frame burst rating (RAW: 38 vs. 18 rated / 54 vs. 33 tested)
  • AF point-linked spot metering and Multi-spot metering
  • Faster AF driven by more powerful battery pack (with select Canon L lenses)
  • EV 0-20 Metering range (vs. EV 1-20)
  • Higher native ISO settings available (51200 vs. 25600)
  • Higher expanded ISO settings available (204800 vs. 102400)
  • Less high ISO noise
  • Faster X-sync speed (1/250 vs. 1/200)
  • Dual DIGIC 5+ processors plus DIGIC 4 processor dedicated to AE functions(5D III has a single DIGIC 5+ processor and a non-specified AF-dedicated processor)
  • Higher battery life rating (1,120 vs. 950 shots)
  • Higher shutter durability rating (400,000 vs. 150,000 cycles)
  • Higher viewfinder magnification (.76x vs .71x)
  • Shorter viewfinder blackout time
  • Viewfinder provides more nose relief from LCD (less nose spots on LCD)
  • Has a viewfinder shutter
  • Built-in Ethernet Port
  • More advanced self-cleaning sensor
  • Better Weather Sealing
  • Built in vertical grip
  • Accepts optional focus screens
  • 7 LCD brightness levels (vs. 3)
  • More custom functions (31 vs. 13)

Canon EOS 5D Mark III Feature Advantages Over the Canon EOS-1D X

  • Price (a big advantage for most of us)
  • Higher resolution (22.3 mp vs 18.1 mp)
  • In-camera HDR mode
  • Headphone jack
  • Lighter weight with lighter battery
  • Compatible with Canon wireless infrared remotes such as the RC-6
  • Much quieter silent mode

If you see one or more must-have 5D III features, you can go directly to the Canon EOS 5D Mark III review. Otherwise, the Canon EOS-1D X is likely the ideal camera for you.

Though price will keep it out of reach of many, the 1D X is an ideal tool for photographers in all disciplines - and the ultimate tool for photojournalists and sports/action photographers who absolutely cannot miss a shot. When you must capture the shot, regardless of the shooting conditions and subject speed, the 1D X is the ultimate camera to do it with.

While I expect a significant portion of 1D X owners to be professional photographers, I am sure that not all 1D X DSLRs will be purchased by such. Included in the non-professional category will be parents with other careers who value capturing never-going-back-to family moments even more than for-pay photographs.

The upgrade from any of Canon's APS-C/1.6x bodies to the 1D X is a huge one - and of course, the cost to trade up is reflected in this upgrade.

Those wanting excellent image quality and not needing the incredible AF or frame rate performance may find the Canon EOS 5D Mark II to be an acceptable option - especially from a cost perspective.

Those needing a fast frame rate but not able to afford the 1D X should look next at the Canon EOS 7D. Though its image quality will not be a match for the 1D X, the 7D offers a good AF system, advanced features and a very good frame rate - for a far more affordable price.

At review time, I'm planning to make the 5D III and 1D X both part of my kit.

The 1D X is all about speed, precision, durability - and of course, image quality. I find the Canon EOS-1D X to be a more revolutionary camera upgrade than I have seen for a while. As such, the 1D X is impossible to find at review time - and I suspect it will remain so for many months to come.

I've said it before and I mean it no less now - there is not much better than getting a significant upgrade to your favorite and most-used piece of kit.

Jan 8, 2014 Update: Canon has improved the EOS-1D X's capabilities in Firmware Update v. 2.0.3. Here are some of the details of this upgrade:

  1. Auto focusing performance under low-light conditions has been enhanced when performing focusing before shooting in AI Servo AF mode. The enhancement comes from the improvement in tracking capability for the first image in the low-light conditions.
  2. The number of release parameters settings for the “AI Servo AF 2nd image priority” AF function has been increased to enable improved AF tracking in low light or maintain consistent high frames rates during continuous shooting.
  3. The number of parameters for acceleration/deceleration tracking in the AF Configuration Tool will has been increased.
  4. Exposure compensation can be performed when using manual exposure and ISO Auto.
  5. The minimum shutter speed limit for ISO Auto has been increased with shutter speeds up to 1/8000.
  6. A new function to keep the exposure constant by altering the ISO or shutter speed in manual exposure, when the aperture value changes when zooming or changing lenses has been added.
  7. A new option has been added to orientation linked AF point to enable only the AF point to switch as you change orientation rather than both AF point/ AF area settings
  8. A new option to continue to use the previously manually selected AF point as the initial starting AF point when switching to 61-point automatic selection has been added.
  9. New customization of the Exposure metering and AF controls has been added for more flexibility.
  10. The number of possibilities for controls to switch between one-shot AF and AI Servo AF using custom controls has been increased.
  11. A function has been added to allow the playback and review of protected images only.
  12. A phenomenon has been fixed in which the white balance may be disturbed by the timing of the shutter release when the drive mode is single shooting and a flash (E-TTL)is used.

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Canon EOS 1Dx Mark II preview -

The EOS 1Dx Mark II is Canon’s new flagship DSLR, aimed at professional sports or wildlife photographers and photo journalists. Announced in February 2016, in time for the big sporting events of the year, it’s unashamedly a specialist camera, engineered to be tough, fast and confident. It features a new 20.2 Megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor which can shoot up to 170 RAW files at 14fps with continuous AF, as well as supporting 1080 video at up to 120p and 4k up to 60p. There’s also a touch-screen, built-in GPS and dual memory card slots, one for Compact Flash, the other for new C.Fast 2.0 cards. The new sensor, designed and manufactured by Canon, becomes the first full-frame sensor to support Dual Pixel CMOS AF which can temporarily turn any of the pixels into phase-detect AF points, allowing confident refocusing in Live View and movies. The effective array covers 80% of the frame and unlike earlier APSC versions works in both 1080p and 4k up to their maximum frame rates. Combined with the touch-screen, you can tap to refocus in Live View and movies.

The EOS 1Dx Mark II becomes Canon’s first non-cinema camera to support 4k movies and as such becomes the replacement for the 1Dc as well as the 1Dx. Impressively 4k is available at rates up to 60p, and rather than frame in UHD, the 1Dx Mark II captures in the slightly wider Cinema 4k format at 4096×2160 pixels; this frame is cropped at 1:1 from the sensor for a clean image without scaling (resulting in a 1.3x field-reduction) and encoded using Motion JPEG at 800Mbit/s in 4:2:2 / 8-bit. Full HD video is also available up to 120p for slow motion, and you can record 4k or 1080p for up to 29:59. Sales start in May 2016 at a body price of $5999 USD / 5199 GBP / 6999 EUR, but keep reading for more details and my hands-on first impressions which include a brief video demonstration!

 

 

Canon EOS 1Dx Mark II first impressions and demonstration

In the video below you’ll hear the EOS 1Dx Mark II shooting at its fastest burst speed of 14fps and see how the combination of a touch-screen and Dual Pixel CMOS AF allow the body to easily pull-focus while filming movies. We may have seen this refocusing performance on the earlier EOS 70D and EOS 7D Mark II, but these employed APSC sensors, only worked up to 1080 / 30p and in the case of the 7D Mark II, there was no touch-screen. It’s important to remember the EOS 1Dx Mark II is the first full-frame body from Canon to feature both Dual Pixel CMOS AF and a touch-screen, a killer combination for movie AF and hopefully a pairing we’ll see on future full-frame bodies.

 

 

While I’m personally excited by the new movie, touchscreen and live view AF on the EOS 1Dx Mark II, it is first and foremost a professional sports and wildlife body. As such, the ability to track and capture action in long bursts is essential. You already know it can shoot at 14fps (2fps more than the 1Dx and Nikon D5 when all are continuously autofocusing) and – so long as you’re using a C.Fast memory card – the buffer is deep enough to record 170 uncompressed 14-bit RAW files, or four times that of the 1Dx. At 14fps that represents just over 12 seconds of action, which in sporting terms means you could essentially capture an entire 100m race at the Olympics including some celebration at the end by simply holding the shutter release button down as the gun is fired. Switch to Live View where you effectively have mirror-lockup and the 1Dx Mark II can accelerate to 16fps, albeit with focus and exposure locked on the first frame.

Shooting at such high speeds places greater demands on the mirror mechanism and the risk of unwanted vibrations. So for the EOS 1Dx Mark II, Canon has employed an improved motor system to more effectively brake the process and minimize viewfinder blackout, while an increase in potential dust due to static are dealt with by a new wave cleaning system. Canon rates the shutter as being good for 400k actuations.

 

 

Fast burst shooting is only one half of the equation though. A confident AF system is essential and Canon has upgraded the already capable system of the original EOS 1Dx here. The Mark II’s viewfinder AF system at first looks similar to its predecessor with 61 AF points, 41 of which are cross-type sensors, but now the entire 61-point array works at f8 as oppose to just the centre point on the 1Dx, and 21 of those remain cross-type at f8 too – great news for those shooting with tele-converters. The AF system also now works down to -3EV compared to -2EV on the 1Dx Mark I.

Canon’s gone further though when it comes to predictive AF. The new AI Servo 3+ system can actually exploit the gyros in Image Stabilised lenses to sense the motion of the photographer. By knowing where and how fast the camera and lens are being pointed, the AF system has a better idea of where the subject is moving to, in turn allowing more accurate tracking to take place. Canon says this works with all IS lenses and doesn’t require a firmware update.

Meanwhile a new 360k dot RGB+IR metering sensor – which even sports its own dedicated DIGIC 6 processor – offers better subject and face recognition, while also supporting flicker detection which will delight anyone who shoots under indoor lighting. Metering is divided into 216 zones which may be a little less than the 260 of the original 1Dx, but all remain active regardless of light levels, whereas the 1Dx could reduce to as few as 35 in low light.

The body is quoted as being as tough and weather-proof as the original model, which means it’s no surprise to find Wifi is still not built-in. While its absence is frustrating on any modern camera, let alone the flagship, it’s due to the construction of the body here. For wireless connectivity, you’ll need to buy the optional Wifi adapter which at least enjoys greater range than built-in Wifi and also now supports FTPS protocols for secure file transfer.

I am however pleased to report Canon has managed to accommodate a GPS receiver in the head of the EOS 1Dx Mark II and it can automatically tag images with latitude, longitude, elevation and time details. You can configure it to stay on permanently for the quickest re-acquisition times, or switch it off completely to save power. Speaking of which, the battery should be good for 1210 shots under CIPA conditions and should the charge fall below 50%, the frame rate can be automatically reduced to extend the life.

Returning briefly to the screen, I may be delighted it’s now touch-sensitive, but more than a little disappointed to discover it only works in live view and movies when repositioning the AF area. Sadly it is not deployed for navigation in the menus nor playback, and frustratingly isn’t even active when you’re entering the text for copyright details. While I understand some ‘pros’ dislike touch-screens, I feel Canon could have offered some degree of customization where you could enable it for greater control if desired, or off if you didn’t. It does seem a bit odd to laboriously enter your name in the copyright section when it could simply be tapped-out.

 

Compared to Nikon D5

Canon’s big rival in the professional DSLR World is of course Nikon, and it too has released an upgrade to its flagship body for the upcoming major sporting events. The new D5, announced a month before the EOS 1Dx Mark II, actually shares a fair amount of headline specifications in common, but as always there are a number of key differences when you scratch below the surface.

Both sport tough bodies with built-in portrait grips, engineered to handle pretty much anything a working professional photographer can throw at them. Inside, both house new full-frame sensors, each sharing essentially the same resolution: 20.2 Megapixels for the Canon (5472×3648) and 20.8 for the Nikon (5568×3712).

Nikon pushes the sensitivity of its sensor further than Canon though with the EOS 1Dx Mark II offering a maximum of 51200 ISO expandable to 409600 ISO, compared to a maximum of 102400 ISO on the D5, expandable to a massive 3280000 ISO. Using their respective expanded modes, the D5 can shoot at sensitivities five stops faster than the EOS 1Dx Mark II, but it remains to be seen how their quality compares.

In terms of autofocus, the Nikon D5 features a broader and denser array of 153 AF points, 99 of which are cross-type and 15 operating at f8. In comparison the EOS 1Dx Mark II has a 61 point AF system, 41 of which are cross-type sensors, although at least all 61 of them will operate at f8. In terms of focusing in very low light, the Canon is rated down to -3EV compared to -4EV. So in specs, the Nikon D5 AF system is looking stronger, although Canon’s ability to exploit the gyros in stabilized lenses to better-predict where the action is heading could give it an advantage in the field. As always this is something we’ll have to test in practice.

In terms of continuous shooting the D5 and EOS 1Dx Mark II can shoot at 12fps and 14fps respectively with continuous autofocus. Both will squeeze an extra 2fps if you lock the mirror up or shoot in Live View respectively, although you’ll lose continuous AF in doing so. While the Canon numerically has the edge in speed, both cameras are sufficiently fast for most photographers. Burst depth is also a factor but we don’t yet have comparable figures. I should however note that while both bodies have twin memory card slots, Canon has gone for one CF and one C.Fast, while Nikon offers two versions of the D5, one with a pair of CF slots and the other with two XQD slots.

Interestingly both bodies are now equipped with 3.2in touch-sensitive screens, although they’re used differently. Canon’s touch capabilities are only supported during Live View and movies for repositioning the AF area and pulling-focus; sadly they’re disabled for menus, playback and text-entry. In contrast, Nikon’s touch-screen can be used in playback and for text-entry, although I’m confirming what’s possible in Live View and movies. I should also add the Nikon D5 screen is higher resolution with 2359k dots versus 1620k dots on the Canon; both however represent a step-up from the typical VGA screens on most cameras to date.

Onto movies and both bodies now boast the ability to film in 4k in addition to 1080p, but here there are more significant differences between them. The Nikon D5 can film 4k using the UHD (3840×2160) resolution at up to 30p for clips lasting no more than three minutes. The Canon EOS 1Dx Mark II can film 4k using the Cinema 4k (4096×2160) resolution at up to 60p for clips lasting up to 29:59. In addition the EOS 1Dx Mark II’s sensor features Canon’s Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology which allows up to 80% of the pixels to temporarily operate as phase-detect AF points, in turn giving confident continuous autofocusing in Live View and movies; coupled with the touch-screen, it’s easy to pull-focus with a simple tap, and it also works well for tracking faces. Meanwhile the D5 is limited to contrast-based AF for movies and Live View which is unable to continuously track a subject effectively.

While both cameras offer 1080p video, the D5 stops at 60p, whereas the EOS 1Dx Mark II offers up to 120p, allowing four to five times slow-downs on 30 or 24p timelines; 100p is also available for four-times slow-down on 25p projects. The D5 can film for longer in 1080 than it can for 4k, up to 10 or 20 minutes depending on the quality, but again the Canon keeps going to a second shy of half an hour up to 60p.

The faster frame rates, longer recording times and effective continuous AF all makes the movie capabilities of the EOS 1Dx Mark II preferable to the Nikon D5. Interestingly Canon has also adopted Motion JPEG for its 4k movies compared to the more traditional H.264 on the D5. This results in larger files, but they’re quicker and easier to edit, and also allow Canon to offer a 4k frame-grabbing option to capture 8 Megapixel stills from video in-camera – and remember this is happening at up to 60 frames per second.

Oh and while the tough construction of both bodies make internal Wifi a continued no-go, I am pleased to find Canon at least finding room for a GPS receiver in the head.

Of course much of this discussion is academic. Partly because we have to test and compare them in the field to actually see how they actually perform, but more importantly because there’s few pro sports photographers who don’t already own one of the earlier bodies from Canon or Nikon and crucially a significant investment in lenses. As such few will switch from one system to another even if they wanted to, but at least both companies continue to upgrade their flagship bodies and the latest versions look stronger and more capable than ever.

 

Canon EOS 1Dx Mark II final thoughts

Canon has been accused of falling behind in some respects of late, but the EOS 1Dx Mark II is return to form, particularly in sensor technology. While the company is late to the party on 4k on non-cinema cameras, the Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology remains ahead of anything else out there for continuous autofocusing during Live View and movies.

Not only is the sensor in the EOS 1Dx Mark II the first time Dual Pixel CMOS AF has been deployed on a full-frame sensor, it’s also supported in 4k and 1080p video at all frame rates – and lest we forget that’s 4k up to 60p when most non-cinema cameras currently stop at 30p. And while I was delighted to find Nikon equipping the D5 with a touch-screen, touch capabilities really come into their own on the 1Dx Mark II in conjunction with the smooth and confident AF, allowing you to tap to pull-focus easily and effectively.

It’s also interesting to see Canon thinking out the box – or body anyway – by exploiting movement information from the gyros in stabilized lenses to help it predict where a subject is heading next. And while I’m sad there’s still no way to accommodate practical Wifi in this kind of body, at least Canon’s managed to squeeze a GPS receiver in there.

This and more makes the EOS 1Dx Mark II the company’s most powerful and confident pro body to date, but while I was being briefed, I couldn’t help but think how the sensor could also be used to finally deliver a movie-oriented upgrade to the ageing EOS 5D Mark III. Imagine an EOS 5D Mark IV with the movie capabilities of the 1Dx Mark II. It wouldn’t tread on the toes of the flagship, but could give rivals like Sony’s A7s II and A7r II a run for their money.

When the EOS 70D introduced Dual Pixel CMOS AF, I was delighted to use the technology but dismayed it took Canon so long to deploy it on another body. Here was an industry-beating technology that, if owned by Sony, would have found itself rolled-out into as many bodies as quickly as possible. Instead we had to wait years for it to even arrive on the EOS 7D Mark II. I sincerely hope Canon learns from this and what the competition is doing by deploying the same – or similar tech – in other bodies sooner rather than later. It’s taken a lead in sensor technology, but now needs to share it beyond the most expensive body in the line-up.

 

 

 

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