Canon reveals EOS-1D X Mark II full-frame DSLR
Right on the heels of Nikon’s D5 announcement, Canon has officially unveiled its next flagship DSLR, the EOS-1D X Mark II. Improving upon all of the 1D X’s strengths, the 1D X Mark II features a brand new, 20.2MP sensor, native ISO sensitivity to 51,200, a 61-point AF system with expanded coverage and improved sensitivity, a 360,000-pixel metering sensor, and a maximum burst rate of 14 frames per second.
If 14 FPS isn’t fast enough for you, you can shoot up to 16 FPS in live view. Live view may even be a viable option now thanks to the inclusion of a touch screen and, more importantly, Dual Pixel AF technology, which allows for on-chip phase detection autofocus.
Where Dual Pixel AF will really come in handy, though, is for video. The 1D X Mark II can shoot 4K video up to 60 FPS, or Full HD video up to an impressive 120 FPS, perfect for slow motion. Canon has also included support for Microsoft’s Ex-FAT file system (yay!), so video clips larger than 4GB can be recorded, eliminating complicated file linking and merging. As usual, uncompressed video can be recorded via HDMI output, as well, although it appears to be limited to just 1080p.
To help the new 1D X Mark II achieve its incredible speed for both still photography and video, a CFast 2.0 card slot is standard, residing right next to the regular ol’ CF slot. The minor annoyance of having to buy two separate types of media should be outweighed by the increased flexibility that CFast offers, like the ability to capture 170 raw files in a continuous, 16FPS burst.
Of all the additions and improvements Canon has built into the 1D X Mark II, the one that may be the most surprising is the GPS module. Yes, this is a flagship DLSR with GPS built-in, ready to geotag all your photos so you can you can remember where they were taken. In truth, GPS has become indispensable for many photographic applications, and the 1D X Mark II can even sync time code via satellite to make sure your files have accurate time stamps no matter where you travel. Especially for photographers covering conflict zones, humanitarian aid projects, or environmental destruction, accurate location and time data can be as important as the photograph itself.
The Canon 1D X Mark II will be available in April with a starting price of $5,999. We’ll have more information on this new camera as soon as we can get our hands on one. Until then, feel free to place your pre-order right here, and we’ll let you know as soon as it’s in stock.
EOS-1D X Mark II Key Features:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Accurate subject tracking for stills and video with new EOS Intelligent Tracking and Recognition AF with 360,000-pixel metering sensor.
- 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.
- Dual Pixel CMOS AF & Movie Servo AF for high speed, high frame rate and continuous autofocus during video shooting.
- View and control high quality stills and videos via the 3.2-inch touch panel LCD with 1.62 million dots.
- Increased resolution and fine detail, with lens aberration correction and diffraction correction via new in-camera Digital Lens Optimizer technology.
- Built-in GPS provides geotag information including auto time syncing with Universal Time Code via satellites.
- 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.
- Durable and rugged magnesium alloy body with dust- and-weather resistance for demanding shooting situations.