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Canon EOS-1DX Mark II DSLR Camera (Body Only)
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- 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
- 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
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|Display Size||3.2 inches|
|External Memory Included||No|
|Item Dimensions||7 x 7 x 9 inches|
|Item Weight||0.66 pounds|
|Lithium Battery Energy Content||30 Watt Hours|
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|Optical Sensor Resolution||20.2 MP|
|Shipping Weight||7.2 pounds|
|Supported Battery Types||Canon LP-E19|
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|Viewfinder Type||Eye-level pentaprism|
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|Screen Size||—||3 in||3 in||3.2 in||3 in||3.2 in|
|Focus Type||—||automatic with manual||Auto/Manual||Automatic with Manual||Includes Manual Focus||Includes Manual Focus|
|Image stabilization||—||None||Image Stabilization||None||None||None|
|ISO Range||—||100 - 1600 in 1/3 stops, plus 50, 3200 as option||100, 400, 800, 2000, 4000, 8000, 16000, 25600||Auto, 100 - 25600 in 1/3 stops, plus 50, 51200, 102400 as option||Auto, ISO 100-16000 (expandable to 51200)||Auto, 100-6400 (expandable to 50-12800)|
|Item Dimensions||7 x 9 x 7 in||3.15 x 5.91 x 6.3 in||5.47 x 3.09 x 4.14 in||2.99 x 5.98 x 4.57 in||3.07 x 5.87 x 4.41 in||2.99 x 5.98 x 4.57 in|
|Item Weight||0.66 lb||3.05 lbs||1.4 lbs||2.09 lbs||2.01 lbs||2.05 lbs|
|Megapixels||20.2 megapixels||22.1||24.2 megapixels||22.1||20.2 megapixels||50.6 megapixels|
|Optical Sensor Resolution||20.2 megapixels||21.1 megapixels||24.2 megapixels||22 megapixels||20.2 megapixels||—|
|Photo Sensor Size||Full-frame (36 x 24mm)||APS-C||APS-C (22.5 x 15.0mm)||Full frame (36 x 24mm)||APS-C (22.4 x 15mm)||Full frame (36 x 24 mm)|
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|Video Capture Resolution||4096 x 2160 (4K), 1920 x 1080 (Full HD)||—||1920 x 1080 pixels^1280 x 720, 1920 x 1080 pixels||1080p_hd||1080p_hd||1920 x 1080 (30p, 25p, 24p), 1280 x 720 (60p, 50p), 640 x 480 (30p, 25p)|
|Viewfinder||Eye-level pentaprism||Optical (pentaprism)||Eye-level SLR (with fixed pentaprism)||Optical (pentaprism)||Optical (pentaprism)||Optical (pentaprism)|
Expert Review Summary
“ The EOS-1D X Mark II is a worthy successor to Canon's 1D series of professional cameras. It gains an improved AF system with greater coverage, significantly improved dynamic range and a virtually unlimited Raw buffer when shooting with CFast cards. It also generates high quality 4K video with beautiful color straight out of the camera. Combined with Canon's class leading Dual Pixel AF system for video, it's easy to get great video without being an expert. This is a camera that sports, action, and event photographers will love. ”
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The new Canon EOS 1D X Mark II 4K Digital SLR Camera is nothing but legendary every step of the way. Up to 14 fps (up to 16 fps in Live View mode) can be captured at a burst rate of up to 170 RAWs with a CFast card, and an improved 61-point AF system helps deliver clean, sharp images quickly, even in dim light. 4K video can be recorded at up to 60 fps with smooth AF and strikingly clear detail.
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The Mark of Legends
Immense power. Phenomenal speed. A remarkable combination of innovation and refinement. The new EOS-1D X Mark II camera is nothing but legendary every step of the way. Building on a heritage of sophisticated innovation, the EOS-1D X Mark II is blazingly fast. Up to 14 fps* (up to 16 fps* in Live View mode) can be captured at a burst rate of up to 170 RAWs with a CFast card, and an improved 61-point AF system helps deliver clean, sharp images quickly, even in dim light. This remarkable speed means faster recording too: 4K video can be recorded at up to 60 fps with smooth AF and strikingly clear detail. Combined with superb low-light performance thanks to its powerful sensor and expandable ISO range, the EOS-1D X Mark II performs brilliantly, swiftly and stunningly no matter when or where the photographer is shooting. From the stadium, safari or studio to virtually everywhere in between, the EOS-1D X Mark II maintains and enhances all the hallmarks of what Canon has to offer, marking a new page in the legacy of the EOS series of cameras.
* Continuous shooting speed may vary depending on the shutter speed, the aperture, the lens being used, the battery charge and various camera settings.
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.
Up to 14 fps* Full-resolution RAW or JPEG, Up to 16 fps* in Live View Mode
Delivering outstanding performance at speeds of up to 14 fps*, and up to 16 fps* in Live View, the EOS-1D X Mark II camera is loaded with technologies that help facilitate speedy operation at every step of image capture. The EOS-1D X Mark II features a new mirror mechanism designed for highly precise operation with reduced vibration even at incredibly fast speeds. The shutter unit is rated for 400,000 frames and captures at up to 16 fps*, while the CMOS sensor has high-speed signal reading that enables speedy image capture. A fast AF/AE system, Dual DIGIC 6+ Image Processors and high-speed recording with its new CFast card slot helps ensure that camera operations are performed quickly and precisely.
Dual DIGIC 6+ Image Processors
Key to the performance benchmarks achieved by the EOS-1D X Mark II camera, Dual DIGIC 6+ Image Processors not only convert the light that passes through the camera's sensor into high-quality photos and movies, but also enhance the camera's overall performance. Improvements include high-speed processing, up to 16-fps* operation for stills and 4K/60p movies, lens distortion and diffraction correction during operation with virtually no effect on the camera's speed, plus fast write times and much more.
* Continuous shooting speed may vary depending on the shutter speed, the aperture, the lens being used, the battery charge and various camera settings.
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.
The EOS-1D X Mark II camera can capture an incredible amount of images and movies with amazing speed. When recording to CFast 2.0* cards through its new CFast card slot, the EOS-1D X Mark II can record up to 170 full-size RAW files, and JPEGs up to full card capacity at 16 fps. 4K/60p and Full HD/120p video can also be recorded with virtually no restriction, and with exFAT format support, movie files of larger than 4GB can be recorded without the need to merge files. Performance with CF cards through the camera's CF card slot is impressive as well: the EOS-1D X Mark II can capture up to 73 full-size RAW files and JPEGs up to full card capacity when recording to CF UDMA7 media.
As of February 2016, compatibility has been verified for the following CFast memory cards:
|SanDisk||Extreme PRO CFast 2.0 Card||SDCFSP-128G-G46B||128GB|
|Extreme PRO CFast 2.0 Card||SDCFSP-064G-G46B||64GB|
Proper operation cannot be guaranteed for all recording media. Long-term usage may reduce a CFast card's write speed. We recommend users regularly fully format and refresh their card using the “Full Format and Refresh Tool.”
* Canon is an authorized licensee of the CFast 2.0 trademark, which may be registered in various jurisdictions.
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.
20.2 Megapixel Full-Frame CMOS Sensor
The EOS-1D X Mark II camera features a Canon-developed 20.2 Megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor that not only helps it record more pixels, but also includes gapless micro lenses for enhanced low-light performance. This results in noise reduction in dark portions of the image even at high ISO speeds, and increased sensitivity that contributes to the EOS-1D X Mark II's high-speed image capture rate, accelerating frame-to-frame performance as well as enabling 4K movies (60p/30p) and improved playback. The new sensor is also Canon's first full-frame sensor to include Dual Pixel CMOS AF for high-speed, precise AF during Live View still and movie recording.
ISO Range of 100–51200; Expansion to ISO 409600
The EOS-1D X Mark II camera delivers high standard and expanded ISOs, and a score of options to enhance shooting in varied and fast-changing lighting situations. With a standard range of ISO 100–51200, the EOS-1D X Mark II is incredibly sensitive, and thanks to a high signal-to-noise ratio as well as powerful noise reduction, the EOS-1D X Mark II can shoot at expanded sensitivities down to ISO 50 (L) and up to 102400 (H1), 204800 (H2) and even 409600 (H3)! Beyond the obvious advantages of its wide ISO range, the EOS-1D X Mark II has automatic ISO settings, found on the dedicated ISO menu. Minimum and maximum ISO settings can be specified, as can a user-defined range, plus full auto and manual.
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*.
Improved AF Performance
The EOS-1D X Mark II camera incorporates a number of significant improvements to help deliver highly precise, reliable AF and AF tracking, both faster and available in more situations. It features a new 61-point High Density Reticular AF II system with 41 cross-type points that expands the AF area approximately 8.6% in the top and bottom of the central AF area, and approximately 24% at the top and bottom of the peripheral frame. A wider subject tracking area improves the AF system so that challenging focus tracking in scenes with sudden changes of speed and subject position is easier than ever. The AF system's low-intensity limit has been improved to EV -3 and all 61 AF points are compatible down to f/8* for excellent low-light performance. The EOS-1D X Mark II's AF algorithm has also been improved: it's equipped with AI Servo AF III+, which remembers the AF path and helps refine precision. Whether choosing individual AF points manually, using the Large Zone AF area or any of the camera's automatic AF selection modes, the EOS-1D X Mark II is designed to exceed users' expectations for high-precision AF.
Improved Intelligent Viewfinder with Enhanced Visibility for AF Point Display
The EOS-1D X Mark II camera features a new Intelligent Viewfinder II for convenient composition and setting changes without taking an eye off the subject at hand. The camera's viewfinder can show significantly more information in the LCD display and presents AF points in red, increasing visibility in dark locations where AF is typically difficult and in situations where the ambient light makes the AF frame difficult to see. Features like the electronic level, a grid, flicker detection, white balance, metering mode, AF information and more can be glanced at easily without drawing attention away from the subject.
* Except when using the Canon EF 50mm f/2.5 Macro, EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro, EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM, EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM and EF 28-80mm f/2.8-4L USM lenses.
Accurate subject tracking for stills and video with new EOS Intelligent Tracking and Recognition AF with 360,000-pixel metering sensor.
The EOS-1D X Mark II camera has an amazingly advanced 360,000-pixel RGB+IR metering sensor and processor that greatly contribute to the camera's impressive AF performance for both stills and video. Thanks to a high resolution and infrared sensitivity combined with a refined detection algorithm, this new sensor improves the color and shape recognition of the EOS-1D X Mark II's iSA (Intelligent Subject Analysis) system, increasing the camera's ability to recognize subjects for faster, more precise AF, metering and exposure compensation. This additional exposure and subject information also helps the EOS-1D X Mark II's iTR (Intelligent Tracking and Recognition) AF system maintain focus on a moving subject with a greater level of consistency.
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.
The EOS-1D X Mark II is an incredibly capable camera for moviemaking. Thanks to its Dual DIGIC 6+ Image Processors and its advanced sensor, it can capture huge 4K (Motion JPEG) video at up to 60 fps, recording smoothly to CFast cards. It's the first EOS camera able to record Full HD video at 120 fps, easily displaying minute details imperceptible to the human eye and ideal for slow-motion video capture. With the camera's new touch panel display, AF points can be easily selected while the camera's rolling, and focus can be quickly confirmed with the EOS-1D X Mark II's 4K still frame grab feature*, wherein an 8.8-Megapixel still image can be selected for review and saved. Low-light performance is improved as well, with video recording at ISOs of up to 12800 in 4K and 25600 in Full HD. The EOS-1D X Mark II also features uncompressed HDMI output for Full HD videos, helping to facilitate video editing with minimal image degradation. Not to mention, it can also save videos as MP4s for easy playback on mobile devices.
* Saving a still image from a single movie frame does not result in the same image quality as a normal still image.
Dual Pixel CMOS AF & Movie Servo AF for high speed, high frame rate and continuous autofocus during video shooting.
With significant improvements in AF operation, the EOS-1D X Mark II camera can be an indispensible and remarkably portable moviemaking tool. Continuous AF, even during 4K recording, is made easy thanks to the EOS-1D X Mark II's Dual Pixel CMOS AF, which is compatible with all Canon EF lenses. Focus points can be selected automatically, or specified on the camera's new touch panel LCD screen. Critical focus throughout the frame can be easily confirmed by enlarging stills grabbed from video recordings. The EOS-1D X Mark II's Movie Servo AF is compatible with all frame rates and resolutions, and can be customized to set tracking sensitivity, AF speed and even Face Tracking priority. These advanced features help make the EOS-1D X Mark II a truly versatile and convenient camera for 4K and Full HD moviemaking.
View and control high quality stills and videos via the 3.2-inch touch panel LCD with 1.62 million dots.
The EOS-1D X Mark II camera's 3.2-inch touch panel TFT LCD monitor has approximately 1.62 million dots, anti-reflective construction and features Canon's Clear View LCD II technology for bright, sharp display in any number of shooting situations. Its new touchscreen function allows AF point switching and image magnification during Live View shooting and movie shooting, providing convenient operation. The LCD monitor can be ideal for reviewing settings and images, as well as for shooting in Live View mode. In Live View, grid lines can be displayed in 9 sections, 24 sections or 9 sections with diagonals, as well as the dual-axis electronic level, which helps ensure accurate level by displaying both roll and pitch in 1-degree increments. For image review, the EOS-1D X Mark II has a dedicated Magnify/Reduce button. While pressing the button, zooming in or out (up to 10x) is achieved simply by turning the Main Dial. Images can be protected or erased quickly, individually or in batches, and slideshows can be created with some or all images and can be sequenced by date, folders, movies, stills, protection or rating. A feature guide can be accessed for the selected menu, providing detailed reference information when needed.
Increased resolution and fine detail, with lens aberration correction and diffraction correction via new in-camera Digital Lens Optimizer technology.
To combat any possible image degradation from lens aberration and diffraction, the EOS-1D X Mark II camera is equipped with a number of in-camera optical correction functions for clear and high-quality images. The EOS-1D X Mark II even stores lens aberration data, helping to eliminate the need to register lens data on previously released lenses, and correcting images with virtually no delay in-camera. The EOS-1D X Mark II not only corrects peripheral brightness and chromatic aberration, but also features distortion correction plus diffraction correction, which has been included for the first time in an EOS camera. Distortion correction helps resolve barrel and pincushion distortions, while diffraction correction virtually eliminates the blurring effects from diffraction that can be created when capturing an image at a small aperture. The camera's Dual DIGIC 6+ Image Processors help ensure these corrections can be made with virtually no effect on operational speed. In-camera RAW processing is also made fast and convenient with Canon's Digital Lens Optimizer, helping to improve image quality and giving photographers the ability to work confidently in more complex environments.
Built-in GPS* provides geotag information including auto time syncing with Universal Time Code via satellites.
Providing crucial location and time data, GPS has become an indispensible aspect of the professional workflow, especially for professionals who work on location and capture thousands of images each day. The EOS-1D X Mark II camera has GPS* built in, helping photographers and filmmakers not only tag their images with critical location data, but also adjust the time and timestamp on the camera automatically. Thanks to built-in GPS*, and Wi-Fi connectivity through the optional Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E8A accessory, the EOS-1D X Mark II can use both GPS and WFT (Wireless File Transfer) together, making it easy to upload a great amount of images both quickly and from increasingly far-flung locales. Offering compatibility with American GPS satellites, Russian GLONASS satellites and Japanese quasi-zenith satellites Michibiki, the EOS-1D X Mark II's GPS information is reliably accurate virtually anywhere you go.
* In certain countries and regions, the use of GPS may be restricted. Therefore be sure to use GPS in accordance with the laws and regulations of your country or region. Be particularly careful when traveling outside your home country. As a signal is received from GPS satellites, take sufficient measures when using in locations where the use of electronics is regulated.
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.
The Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E8A, the EOS-1D X Mark II camera's new optional accessory, provides both a fast throughput for image uploading and several new features that make dynamic wireless photography simple and fast. It has 5 GHz 802.11ac support for high-speed image transfer, a revamped user interface that enables speedy set-up and configuration of wireless networks and even compatible smartphone connection. Accommodating both iOS and Android devices*, the Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E8A makes it simple to use a smartphone as a remote control for still and video capture. It can even transfer recorded images back for viewing on the device's screen. The Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E8A is both compact and durable, with excellent dust- and water- resistance for unfettered operation in difficult environments.
* Compatible with iOS versions 7.1/8.4/9.0, Android smartphone and tablet versions 4.0/4.1/4.2/4.3/4.4/5.0/5.1. Data charges may apply with the download of the free Canon Camera Connect app. This app helps enable you to upload images to social media services. Please note that image files may contain personally identifiable information that may implicate privacy laws. Canon disclaims and has no responsibility for your use of such images. Canon does not obtain, collect or use such images or any information included in such images through this app.
Durable and rugged magnesium alloy body with dust- and-weather resistance for demanding shooting situations.
For professionals who demand nothing less than the best, the EOS-1D X Mark II camera is designed to perform superbly even in the most treacherous environments, every time. The body is constructed of rigid, high-strength magnesium alloy for rugged performance and features a grip design for easy finger placement and reduced hand fatigue. Its shutter has lightweight, carbon-fiber blades, and is rated to maintain up to 16 fps performance without compromise, for up to 400,000 cycles. The EOS-1D X Mark II and accessories like the new Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E8A have extensive gasketing for improved dust and water resistance, even at their connection points.
Top Customer Reviews
I am not going to repeat all the stats and figures. Those are great and they are all over the internet. I shot an event saturday night, and I have some images to share, if this site shows them accurately. The autofocus is accurate and fast, the color is great, and it works like a charm in the dark, through a chain link fence.
These images were shot at ISO 5,000-8,000, 1/500th, f3.2 or f3.5 processed in lightroom, pretty much the same way I always process fight images. There is some noise reduction, but it's not terribly strong. I wasn't making lab test images, these are real production images. This is what a flagship camera does, how it is really used.
update: Time has passed, I am still shooting fights with my markII, it's still a fantastic camera. The controls are basically the same as the earlier flagship canon I own, but there are differences. The menus are different and as with any camera, it takes time to learn to get the most out of it. I'm getting there. I have added some new fight images as well as some from a raptor photoshoot.
1) All 61 focus points (21 X-type) can focus at f8 when one uses series III teleconverters on specific L-lenses.
2) Increase spread in AF points across the frame to aid in composition
3) Improved dynamic range below ISO 1600 and improved shadow noise. Below ISO 3200 there is virtually no noise and noise is well controlled up to ISO 12800.
4) AF sensors in red rather than black so they are easier to see
5) Improved buffer with 170 RAW files (from Canon) although I saw a video with Andy Rouse where he got over 200 RAW files before the buffer slowed down. WOW!!
6) DPAF for quick focusing on sensor (useful for stills and movies) in live view mode
7) Ability to view a level in the viewfinder at all times which is very useful for handheld photography.
8) Better focus tracking ability
9) 1.5% spot metering
The 1DX2 is Canon's new flagship camera aimed squarely at sports and photo journalists although with the enhancements introduced in this body (especially the sensor) it is what I would consider a good (albeit very expensive) all-rounder.
Most people interested in this camera will already know the specs but for those that don't here is the highlights :-
20.2MP full frame (36mmx24mm) CMOS sensor
14 frames/sec (16 in live view)
Dual Digic 6+ image processors
4K 60fps video (allowing for 8MP still grabs)
61 point (41 cross type) autofocus system supporting f8 across all points and 24% more coverage than previously
AI Servo III+ predictive autofocus
CF and CFAST 2.0 card slots
100-51,200 ISO (50-409,600 expanded)
360,000 pixel RGB+IR metering sensor
Built in GPS
On-Chip ADC converter
1.62 million dot touch LCD panel
On-Chip Dual Pixel phase detection for live view
LP-E19 battery (backward compatible with LP-E4N from original 1DX)
As you can see there are a number of enhancements over the original 1DX. A slight bump in the megapixels from 18 to 20 but that doesn't tell the whole story about the new sensor. Canon have increased the horizontal and vertical spread of the autofocus system across the sensor. Added to this all 61 autofocus points are selectable and support autofocus up to f8. This allows you to still have autofocus across the sensor even if you have an extender attached to your lens (rather than just having the center point autofocus). On top of this Canon have added dual pixel phase detection to the sensor and the sensor now has onboard ADC (which is significant). Canon's dual pixel autofocus system is widely considered the best in the business for video work and when shooting live view. It is extremely fast and accurate (thanks also to the 360K RBG+IR metering sensor which is housed in the not insignificant bump on the top of the camera). The on sensor ADC greatly enhances noise reduction (less length for the signal to travel) which in turn vastly increases the available dynamic range, especially at lower ISO settings. You can easily shoot this camera at ISO 12,800 with very good results and I've even taken it up to 25,600 and the results are still acceptable. Above that however and it gets grainy fast. Compared to the original 1DX, the sensor is vastly better and in itself is worthy of the upgrade.
For whatever reason Canon have decided to put two different card slots into the 1DX2. A compact flash slot (which Canon recommends using UDMA 7 cards) and a new CFast 2.0 slot. I'm sure the CF slot is there to appease those who have a spent a lot of money previously on CF cards although the difference between CF and the new CFast cards is night and day. Personally I would have preferred Canon to have just bitten the bullet and put in dual CFast slots. As a comparison in the speed of the two slots, if you shoot at the full 14fps using RAW files, you will get roughly 85 shots on the CF card before the camera has to pause to clear its buffer. Shooting RAW to the CFAST card is essentially unlimited (I got bored holding the camera after a full minute of shooting, over 850 images and it still showed no sign of slowing down). If you shoot RAW + JPG then it really depends on the speed of your CFAST card as to how many shots you will get. I have compared two cards, one with a 160Mb write speed (about the slowest CFAST card you can get) and one with a 240Mb write speed (the Sandisk card that came with the camera). With the slower of the two I can hit Canon's published minimum of 170 shots before the camera starts slowing down (it doesn't completely stop but will slow from 14fps to around 5fps). With the Sandisk card I'm getting over 250 shots (roughly 18 full seconds of continuous high speed shooting). The increased buffer on the 1DX2 combined with the increased speed offered by CFAST 2.0 cards allows for an unprecedented shooting capability. There is of course a downside to CFAST 2.0 cards. They are expensive. You are looking at around $700 for a single 256Gb CFAST 2.0 card. Why would you want a card of such high capacity? Well two reasons. Firstly you have the ability to shoot an insane amount of continuous burst stills from the camera but secondly are more importantly for some, if you want to shoot the full 29 minutes and 59 seconds of full 60fps 4K video, you use up virtually the whole 256Gb card.
Whilst on the subject of video, the 1DX2 can shoot 4K video up to 60fps. To do so you have to use a CFast card and it does it by writing motion JPG files. This is part of the reason why a 30 minute video will take up basically 256Gb of space. Motion JPG isn't the best format when it comes to compressing but what it does allow you to do is extract any single frame you wish from the video and save it as a 8MP JPG file. This effectively turns the 1DX2 from a 14fps medium-res camera into a 60fps lo-res camera. When replaying the video you have the option to scroll through the video file frame by frame and extract the frame you wish. This is very easy to do however you have to do it using the scroll wheel or thumb stick. Even though the 1DX2 features a touch screen LCD, Canon only allows you to use this for focusing in live view. You cannot change any of the settings after pressing "Q" or "Menu" buttons, you cannot scroll through videos or photographs by swiping. You can't even pinch or double tap to zoom in/out of an image. This leaves the touch screen fairly much crippled and is a huge missed opportunity. Whether Canon decides to rectify this in a future firmware update is anybody's guess but I wouldn't hold my breath if this is something you are looking for. The 1DX2 is the first Canon full frame sensor to employ dual-pixel autofocus (first introduced on the EOS 70D) and boy is it fast and accurate. That in conjunction with its 360K metering and ITR (Intelligent Tracking and Recognition) system works excellently. Unfortunately you do not have things like C-Log or Zebra striping which would have been really useful.
The range of options and sheer amount of customization that the 1DX2 allows you is truly immense. However it is slightly let down in that cannot you assign every function to every function key. For example, if you want to assign a function key to change from one shot to AI servo modes, you cannot assign that to the multi-function 1 button, only multi-function 2. I'm sure Canon has their reasons for this but I'm baffled by the choice. If a function is assignable to a button then you should have the choice to assign it to any button you please. Luckily however the depth of field preview button and the multi-function 2 buttons are interchangeable. Whatever you assign to one, you can assign to the other. Chances are these are the two buttons that people will most likely change the functions of. Another customization (or lack thereof) I found slightly annoyed with is that you cannot actually assign exposure compensation to the exposure compensation button whilst you are in manual mode. Exposure compensation can only be assigned to the SET button.
For those of you who read through the spec sheets, one thing you might be slightly taken aback by is the number of shots figure, especially considering this has an uprated LP-E19 battery. The CIPA rating for viewfinder shooting is only 1210 shots and using live view that figure goes down to only 1020 shots. I can confirm that you can take these figures with a pinch of salt. Just this weekend I shot over 4500 images on two different shoots using the same battery and still had the battery indicator was showing I had a fair amount of charge left. I would say conservatively you can expect around 4000 shots per battery charge.
Connectivity wise you have a few options built into the body including gigabit Ethernet, USB 3.0 and HDMI out. HDMI out however is restricted to 1080p 8 bit 4:2:2 video. It will not output 4K video for some reason. Although the camera does have built in GPS it does not have built in wifi. If you wish to have wifi you will need to shell out a further $800 for a wifi adapter which attaches to the side of the camera (and to be honest looks very ugly). I've heard people speculate that they couldn't integrate wifi into the body due to the all magnesium alloy frame and weatherproofing but Canon have managed to do it in the upcoming 5D4 so I don't buy this theory.
Autofocus as you would expect on the flagship camera from Canon is immediate. You have the options of single point, expanded plus/cross, expanded 9 point, zone, large zone and full AF array. All the focus points are now available down to f8 with 41 of the 61 AF points being cross type. Canon has listened to its customers and brought back the red focusing points in the viewfinder making it much easier to see exactly where your focus lies under all lighting conditions. As you would expect, there are a myriad of options available to you in and around focusing in the menu's including 6 built in custom cases ranging from subjects that might accelerate or decelerate quickly on a single plane (e.g. Formula 1 or Indy racing cars) to subjects that are essentially just erratic in nature (e.g. football players). You can use the defaults the camera comes with (which I've found to be more than adequate) or if you wish you can customize these lending different weights to the likes of tracking sensitivity or whether the camera should give priority to focus or shutter release. As I mentioned above, the range of options available to you is truly outstanding.
There is so much to talk about with this camera and things I haven't even touched on yet like the inclusion of diffraction correction. However this review would end up being a book if I went into every feature and enhancement the 1DX2 offers.
So overall should you get one? I think for the most part people will already know if they need this camera or not. This is truly a pro camera (no there isn't an automatic shooting mode) and given the price it is way out of the range of the casual shooter or even the enthusiastic amateur. In my opinion the enhancements that the 1DX2 brings especially with the new sensor are worthy of the upgrade in itself, never mind the increase in frames per second shooting. Is the 1DX2 perfect? No it is not. I would have liked to have seen an increase in the amount of functionality present with the touchscreen (a sorely missed opportunity from Canon. Just take a look at what they already have done with the 70D or 80D touchscreen functionality. If you don't want it, simply have a menu function that turns it off) etc. Don't get me wrong however, this camera deserves to called the flagship of the Canon line. It is a truly wonderful camera system. I wish I could give a 4.5 star rating. It is not a perfect 5 but is certainly worthy of more than a 4.
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