Canon EOS 1D X Review

The Canon EOS-1D X is a camera meant for advanced photographers. It’s physically imposing, with a big design. It incorporates portrait and landscape shooting controls. To that, it adds loads of control buttons. The 18-megapixel full-frame image sensor is impressive when you are capturing in low light. The autofocus system of this advanced DSLR features 61 selectable points.

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Canon EOS-1DX Mark II DSLR Camera (Body Only)
  • 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
  • Improved AF performance through 61-point, wide area AF system with 41 cross-type points, improved center point focusing sensitivity to -3 EV and compatibility down to f/8

Its banner feature is the ability to let you shoot at an impressive 14 frames per second. It is a figure that is pleasing photographers who make a living capturing fast action.

Canon EOS 1D X Build and Handling

Canon EOS 1D X comes with a design that incorporates vertical shooting controls in addition to the standard horizontal ones. The Canon 1D X measures 6.4 by 6.2 by 3.3 inches and weighs 3.4 pounds. Like other advanced level cameras, Canon 1DX features a magnesium alloy chassis.

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It has an exterior covered with a hard polycarbonate and textured leatherette. The camera body proofed against dust and moisture. The image sensor has a self-cleaning mechanism. It helps to reduce the occurrence of dust spots.

Canon EOS 1D X Performance

Canon EOS 1D X has a Q button which brings up a menu of shooting settings on the rear LCD. It’s the easiest place to go if you want to customize the Canon 1D X’s controls. From the Custom Controls submenu, you’ll be able to make a lot of adjustments.

These include the behavior of the shutter release, the AF-ON button, both directional controllers, both control wheels and the exposure lock button. The depth of field preview button, M-Fn controls, and the Set button can also be modified. With a bit of effort, you’re able to configure the Canon 1D X to suit your tastes.

Canon EOS 1D X Viewfinder

The viewfinder or Canon EOS 1D X is a pleasure to use. It’s a pentaprism design covering 100 percent of the frame with 0.76x magnification. Canon 1D X has a larger image in its finder than the Nikon. When you view the same subject through a lens of identical focal length and focused at the same distance.

The default focusing screen is bright and clear.  However, you can change it to one that is best suited to your purposes. Canon offers screens ideal for macro photography, as well as one with a split-image focusing aid.

Canon EOS 1D X Image

The advanced camera has mode button which lets you toggle between aperture priority, shutter priority, manual, and other shooting modes. The AF-Drive button serves two purposes. The top control wheel adjusts the autofocus mode. The rear wheel sets the continuous shooting mode. The third button is for your control over the metering pattern and the flash compensation.

Canon EOS 1D X Specifications

Body type
Body typeLarge SLR
Max resolution5184 x 3456
Other resolutions4608 x 3072, 3456 x 2304, 2592 x 1728
Image ratio w:h3:2
Effective pixels18 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors19 megapixels
Sensor sizeFull frame (36 x 24 mm)
Sensor typeCMOS
ProcessorDual Digic 5+
ISO100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, 12800, 25600, 51200 (50, 102400 and 204800 with boost)
Boosted ISO (minimum)50
Boosted ISO (maximum)204800
White balance presets6
Custom white balanceYes (5)
Image stabilizationNo
Uncompressed formatRAW
JPEG quality levelsFine, Normal
Optics & Focus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Phase Detect
  • Multi-area
  • Selective single-point
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Digital zoomNo
Manual focusYes
Number of focus points61
Lens mountCanon EF
Focal length multiplier
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCDFixed
Screen size3.2″
Screen dots1,040,000
Touch screenNo
Screen typeClear View II TFT LCD
Live viewYes
Viewfinder typeOptical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder coverage100%
Viewfinder magnification0.76×
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed30 sec
Maximum shutter speed1/8000 sec
Aperture priorityYes
Shutter priorityYes
Manual exposure modeYes
Subject / scene modesNo
Built-in flashNo
External flashYes (Hot-shoe plus Sync connector)
Flash modesE-TTL II Auto Flash, Metered Manual
Continuous drive14.0 fps
Self-timerYes (2 or 10 sec, remote)
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Average
  • Spot
Exposure compensation±5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
AE Bracketing±3 (2, 3, 5, 7 frames at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
WB BracketingYes (3 frames in either blue/amber or magenta/green axis)
Videography features
Resolutions1920 x 1080 (30, 25, 24 fps, 1280 x 720 (60, 50 fps), 640 x 480 (60, 50 fps)
FormatMPEG-4, H.264
Storage typesCompact Flash (Type I or II), UDMA compatible
Storage includedNone
HDMIYes (Mini)
Wireless notesLC-5
Remote controlYes (N3 connector)
Environmentally sealedYes (Water and dust resistant)
BatteryBattery Pack
Battery descriptionLithium-Ion LP-E4N rechargeable battery & charger
Dimensions158 x 164 x 83 mm (6.22 x 6.46 x 3.27″)
Other features
Orientation sensorYes
Timelapse recordingYes (by cable and PC)
GPS notesGP-E1, GPE2

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