Tuesday, 2 February 2016

Behold Canon EOS-1D X Mark II, A Flagship Pro Camera With 4K Video

The innovation war between Nikon and Canon is getting more interest. While Nikon no doubt stole the show at CES 2016 with the announcement of its D5, D500 and KeyMission 360 its major rival Canon seems to have saved its best for after the show. On Monday, announce the new EOS-1D X Mark II DSLR camera.

The camera comes with a new 20.2 megapixel 35mm Full Frame Canon CMOS sensor and Dual DIGIC 6+ Image Processors, the EOS-1D X Mark II professional digital camera delivers stunning image quality and speed. Combining the ability to capture high-resolution still images at speeds up to 14 frames per second as well as stunning high-definition video up-to-4K 60P featuring Canon’s proprietary Dual Pixel CMOS Autofocus (AF) technology, the Canon EOS-1D X Mark II camera becomes the ideal camera for any professional image creator.
The 1D X is designed to appeal to professional photographers and videographers alike. (Photo: Canon)

The new flagship Canon EOS-1D X Mark II features several firsts for EOS cameras including:


  • Newly developed 20.2 megapixel 35mm Full Frame Canon CMOS sensor;

  • Continuous shooting speeds of up-to-14 frames per second (fps) with Auto Exposure (AE) and predictive


  • AF for viewfinder shooting and up to 16 fps1 in Live View mode;

  • Dual DIGIC 6+ Image Processors that transfer image data at extremely high speed for extended bursts during continuous shooting – up-to-170 consecutive RAW images at 14 fps. When shooting JPEG images you’re only limited by memory card capacity 2;

  • Capable of shooting 4K 60P and Full HD 120P video with Dual Pixel CMOS AF;

  • Enhanced wireless functionality (with the optional accessory Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E8) that supports the new high-speed IEEE 802.11ac standard and the  ability to easily transfer photos and videos to compatible smartphones using Canon’s Camera Connect app*;

  • Digital Lens Optimizer to help correct aberrations in-camera (a feature that previously required post-processing on an external computer);

  • Improved 61-point viewfinder AF with expanded coverage and all AF-points selectable and supported to a maximum aperture of f/8;

  • Improved AI Servo III+ predictive AF algorithm for better accuracy;

  • Continuous red illumination of all AF points within the camera’s Intelligent Viewfinder II.


  • Compatibility with both CF and CFast memory cards for optimal performance and versatility.


“The innovations within Canon’s new EOS-1D X Mark II DSLR camera clearly set a new standard for professional cameras,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, president and COO, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “In developing the EOS-1D X Mark II camera, we looked to incorporate user-requested performance enhancements to bring professional photographers the ultimate EOS camera, a camera that has matured and been developed to meet their evolving needs.”

“Having f/8 capability on all 61 AF points is a tremendous benefit to wildlife photographers,” noted nature photographer and Canon Explorer of Light Charles Glatzer. “In order to capture tight shots of animals without disturbing them, I frequently have to use very long lenses—sometimes with an extender attached, which further diminishes the aperture. The improved AF allows me to frame the shot exactly the way I envision it, without having to compromise.”

The estimated retail price for the Canon EOS-1D X Mark II is $5999 (MSRP) for the body or $6299 for the Premium Kit which includes a 64 GB CFast memory card and card reader. The new camera is scheduled to begin shipping to authorized Canon USA dealers in April 2016.

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