With a new 20.2-megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor, the Canon 1D X Mark II is here to stay. It offers a bump up from the 18MP resolution of the original 1D X. The advanced users’ camera features a fixed optical low-pass filter on the image sensor. It is to help guard against moiré patterns and other aliasing artifacts.
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Coupling with a pair of all-new image processors, the new DIGIC 6+ to be exact the new “Mark II” version. It chews through full-resolution images at up to 14 frames per second. You can even push the speed even faster up to 16fps when you use Live View.
Canon 1DX Mark II: Build and handling
Canon 1D X Mark II sports a built-in Digital Lens Optimizer function. The advanced level DSLR can now apply lens-specific diffraction compensation. You now enjoy chromatic aberration correction, distortion correction and peripheral illumination correction in-camera. It is potentially a big time-saver for the professional photographer.
As part of the Canon1D X Mark II’s in-camera RAW processing, you can apply DLO corrections during JPEG conversions. Your workflow will be much faster
Canon 1DX Mark II: Performance
The updated 20-megapixel full-frame sensor in the Canon 1D X Mark II is more than just a regular CMOS chip with a higher resolution. It’s the first full-frame sensor with Canon’s Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology.
Dual Pixel CMOS AF with on-chip phase-detect autofocus sensors helps for super-quick autofocusing during Live View still image shooting. You use too for quick, accurate and smooth AF video operation
Canon 1DX Mark II: Viewfinder
Canon 1D X Mark II set the pace for 1D-series models to have a touchscreen LCD. The 3.2-inch TFT LCD has 1.62-million dots of resolution. You have seven levels of brightness adjustment to select from. The display is fixed, and not articulated for the sake of durability.
In use, the touchscreen performs well. It’s responsive and tap-to-focus to select new focus points and set subject-tracking all works smoothly and efficiently.
Canon 1DX Mark II: Videos
With the Canon 1D X Mark II, one captures Cinema 4K video 4096 x 2160 aka DCI 4K. All at up to 60fps. This advanced DSLR is ideal for high-resolution footage of not only action, sports, and other moving subjects. The camera lets you enjoy the 4K video at 30fps (29.97), 24fps (23.98) and true cinema-centric 24.00fps. On the downside, this camera has no UHD 3840 x 2160 option.
Canon 1DX Mark II: Specifications
|Optics & Focus|
|Screen / viewfinder|
|MSRP||$5999 (body only)|
|Body type||Large SLR|
|Max resolution||5472 x 3648|
|Other resolutions||4368 x 2912, 3648 x 2432, 2736 x 1824|
|Image ratio w:h||3:2|
|Effective pixels||20 megapixels|
|Sensor photo detectors||22 megapixels|
|Sensor size||Full frame (36 x 24 mm)|
|Processor||Dual DIGIC 6+|
|ISO||Auto, 100-51200 (expands to 50-409600)|
|Boosted ISO (minimum)||50|
|Boosted ISO (maximum)||409600|
|White balance presets||6|
|Custom white balance||Yes (5 slots)|
|Number of focus points||61|
|Lens mount||Canon EF|
|Focal length multiplier||1×|
|Touch screen||Yes (for AF point selection only)|
|Screen type||TFT LCD|
|Viewfinder type||Optical (pentaprism)|
|Minimum shutter speed||30 sec|
|Maximum shutter speed||1/8000 sec|
|Manual exposure mode||Yes|
|Subject / scene modes||No|
|External flash||Yes (via hot shoe or flash sync)|
|Continuous drive||16.0 fps|
|Exposure compensation||±5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)|
|AE Bracketing||±3 (3 frames at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)|
|Resolutions||4096 x 2160 (60p, 30p, 25p, 24p, 23.98p), 1920 x 1080 (120p, 60p, 50p, 25p, 24p, 23.98p)|
|Format||MPEG-4, H.264, Motion JPEG|
|Storage types||CompactFlash + CFast 2.0|
|USB||USB 3.0 (5 GBit/sec)|
|Wireless notes||requires WFT-E8|
|Battery description||LP-E19 lithium-ion battery & charger|
|Battery Life (CIPA)||1210|
|Weight (inc. batteries)||1530 g (3.37 lb / 53.97 oz)|
|Dimensions||158 x 168 x 83 mm (6.22 x 6.61 x 3.27″)|
|GPS notes||with e-compass|
Canon 1D X Mark II: Key Specifications
- New 20.2MP CMOS full-frame sensor with Dual Pixel autofocus
- 14 fps continuous shooting (16 fps in live view)
- 200+ shot buffer with Raw+JPEG (CFast 2.0)
- 61-point AF system with 41 cross-type sensors and 24% more coverage
- 360,000-pixel RGB+IR metering sensor
- Native ISO from 100-51,200 (expandable to 50-409,600)
- 4K/60p video in DCI format (4096 x 2160 pixels) using Motion JPEG
- 1.62 million dot LCD touch screen
- Flicker detection
- CFast 2.0 card support
- USB 3.0
Canon 1DX Mark II: Conclusion
Canon has produced a powerful and compact camera with the EOS-1D X Mk II, which is a perfect choice for professional sports and news photographers. It does not have the Nikon D5’s outrageous range of sensitivity, but it is very capable of producing outstanding images within its normal range of sensitivity in low light. Also, its autofocus system is phenomenal, even in very gloomy situations, rendering moving objects sharp.
Although it might not be a dedicated video camera, it does a better job with video, and for professional-looking videos, the video autofocus system is able to work smoothly. The standard of the screen does not impress anyone, but some may like a little more touch control than it provides.