Canon EOS 1D X Mark II Review


In 2012 Canon debuted their flagship professional DSLR, the 1D X. Last night Canon revealed the successor when they unveiled the EOS-1D X Mark II. Building on the success of the EOS-1D X the Mark II adds many improvements and features several firsts for EOS cameras.


New sensor- At the center of the 1D X Mark II is the newly developed 20.2 megapixel 35mm Full Frame Canon CMOS sensor. With enhanced light collecting performance this sensor has exceptional hight-sensitivity performance which reduces noise in both high and low ISO speeds.  The ISO range 100-51,200 can be stretched to 409,600.  A first for the Canon EOS-1D series, this camera also features a 360-pixel RGB+IR metering sensor improving facial recognition and tracking.

4k Video- For filmmakers and photographers looking to do more with their camera. The EOS-1D X Mark II camera offers high resolution DCI 4k video at frame rates up-to-60p.  Two additional EOS firsts include 4K Frame Grab and 120p Full HD recording. The camera’s 4K Frame Grab function allows users to isolate a frame from recorded 4K video and create an 8.8 megapixel still JPEG image in-camera.


61-point AF- The EOS 1D X Mark II camera is built with the same 61 AF points as its predecessor but the upgrades it adds are well worth it.  The first upgrade is that it has f/8 capability on all 61 AF points, this is a tremendous benefit to wildlife photographers. Speaking about the new AF system, noted nature photographer Charles Glatzer said, "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."

Better in low light- The cameras central AF point is sensitive down to -3EV an increase from -2EV of its predecessor, this allows the 1D X Mark II to autofocus in very dark conditions(think moonlight nightscape). An old feature that Canon brought back by popular demand, the AF points in the camera's Intelligent Viewfinder II can be illuminated in red for improved visibility, especially when shooting in dark locations.


Retail price- 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. For more information and the full list of product specifications, visit:


February 2016

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