Canon EOS 1DX Mk II – Announced

The Canon EOS 1D X Mark II has just been announced and its a beauty.


The first 1DX was launched in October 2011 so there’s no denying our desire for Canon to really up the anti when it came to the Mk II which is exactly what they’ve done – the Flagship 1DX Mk II has been re-engineered from the ground up.

Let’s take a look at some of the key features:

Low Light Image Quality
An incredible 100-51,200 ISO, expandable from 50 up to 409,600 has been achieved in the 1DX Mk II which means this camera is going to perform confidently in almost all lighting conditions. This range backed up by a 20 Megapixel CMOS Sensor is a very exciting prospect and one we cant wait to try out.

4K Video Capture
Canon has been swiftly introducing 4K video into their range and the 1DX Mk II is no exception to the rule. The introduction of 4K Video will be welcomed by film-makers around the world, it also gives you the option of shooting in 4K in a variety of frame rates up to 60FPS to the CFast 2.0 card. What we really love about the 4K tech in this camera is the ability to extract a high res image from the footage which gives you even greater control of your creativity.


Speed and Performance
Crafted to give photographers a competitive edge from the second they shoot, the 1DX Mk II establishes a new benchmark for speed – shooting 14 frames per second (FPS) with full AF/AE tracking and 16 FPS in Live View Mode – ideal for capturing high speed subjects, whether in the wild, or at world-class sporting events.

High Density Reticular AF II
The EOS 1DX Mk II features a 61-point High Density Reticular AF system with 41 cross-type AF points, which covers an expanded area and focuses under low light up to -3EV.


Big Processing Power
The most responsive EOS DSLR to date without a doubt, thanks in part to hte new Dual DiG!C 6+ processors providing high speed processing of the vast image data captured by the sensor.

Approx. 100% Viewfinder Coverage
Canon have integrated the Intelligent Viewfinder II with approx. 100% frame coverage lets photographers shoot and change settings whilst looking through the viewfinder so you wont need to take your eyes of the action.




Full Specifications

Image Sensor
Type 35.9 x 23.9 CMOS
Effective Pixels Approx. 20.2 Megapixels
Total Pixels Approx. 21.5 Megapixels
Aspect Ratio 3:2
Low-Pass Filter Built-in / Fixed
 Sensor Cleaning  EOS Integrated Cleaning System
 Colour Filter Type  Primary Colour
 Image Processor
 Type Dual “DiG!C 6+”
 Type  TTL-secondary image forming phase difference detection
system with dedicated AF sensor
 AF System / Points  61 Point / max of 41 cross-type AF points including 5 dual
cross type at f/2.8 and 61 points / 21 cross-type AF points
at f/8 (11) The number of cross-type AF points will differ
depending on the lens.
 AF Modes  One Shot
Al Servo AF (Al Servo AF III+)
 Selected AF point display  Superimposed in viewfinder and shown on Quick
Control screen
 AF Lock  Locked when shutter button is pressed half way or AF ON
is pressed in One Shot AF mode
 AF Assist Beam  Emitted by an optional dedicated speedlight
 Manual Focus  Selected on lens
 Lens Mount  EF (Excludes EF-S Lenses)
 Focal Length  Equivalent to 1.0x the focal length of the lens
 Exposure Control
 Metering Brightness Range  EV 0-20 (at 23 degrees celcius, ISO 100, with evaluative metering)
 AE Lock  Auto: In the One-Shot AF mode with evaluative metering, AE lock takes effect when focus is achieved
Manual: By AE lock button in P, Av, Tv and M modes
 Exposure Compensation  +/-5 EV in 1/3 or 1/2 stop increments (can be combined with AEB)
 AEB  +/-3 in 1/3 or 1/2 stop increments
 Anti-flicker shooting  Yes. Flicker detected at a frequency of 100 Hz or 120 Hz. Maximum continuous shooting speed may decrease.
 ISO Sensitivity Auto 100-51,200
ISO can be expanded to L:50, H1: 102,400, H2: 204,800, H3: 409,600
 Type Electronically-controlled focal-plane shutter
Speed 30-1/8000 sec (1/2 or 1/3 stop increments), Bulb (total shutter speed range. Available range varies by shooting mode).
Shutter Release Soft touch electromagnetic release
White Balance
 Type Auto white balance with the imaging sensor
Settings AWB, Daylight, Shade. Cloudy, Tungsten light, White Fluorescent light, Flash, Custom, Colour Temperature Setting.
White Balance compensation:
1. Blue/Amber +/-9
2. Magenta/Green +/-9
Custom White Balance  Yes, 5 settings can be registered
WB Bracketing  +/-3 levels in single level increments
3, 2, 5 or 7 bracketed images per shutter release
Selectable Blue/Amber bias or Magenta/Green bias
 Type  Pentaprism
Coverage Approx. 100%
Eyepoint Approx. 20mm (from eyepiece lens centre)
Dioptre Correction -3 to +1 m-1 (dioptre)
Focusing Screen  Interchangeable. Standard focusing Screen Ec-C6 provided. Can be changed to Ec-A, B or L
Mirror  Quick-return half mirror
Depth of field preview  Yes, with Depth of Field preview button
 Eyepiece Shutter  Built-in
 LCD Monitor
Type  8.11cm (3.2″) Clear View LCD II, approx. 1620K dots
Coverage  Approx. 100%
 Viewing Angle  Approx. 170 degrees vertically and horizontally
Brightness Adjustment  Manual: Adjustable to one of seven levels
Touch-screen operations  Capacitive method. During Live View shooting and movie shooting for AF Point Selection / Switching and for Magnified View. Touch-screen can be disabled.
Display Options  1. Quick Control Screen
2. Camera Settings
3. Dual Axis Electronic Level
4. Custom Quick Control Screen
 Modes  E-TTL II Auto Flash, Metered Manual
X-Sync 1/250 sec
Flash Exposure Compensation  +/-3EV in 1/3 increments with EX series Speedlights
Flash Exposure Bracketing  Yes, with compatible External Flash
Flash Exposure Lock  Yes
Second Curtain Synchronisation Yes
HotShoe / PC Terminal Yes / Yes
External Flash Compatibility  E-TTL II with EX series Speedlites, wireless multi-flash support
External Flash Control  via camera menu screen

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