Canon EOS 1D X

Released March, 2012
  • 18.1 MP
  • Full frame 36 x 24 mm CMOS
  • 3.2" LCD
The back of the camera is fitted with a fixed 3.2in Clear View II LCD screen that offers a super sharp 1,040k-dot resolution and further benefits from toughened glass and an anti-glare coating that makes use of the camera in bright sunlight much easier.
by TrustedReviews (Sep, 2012)
9.7 Out of 10

Camera Rocket Review Our evaluation of the Canon EOS 1D X

Image Quality

RAW image quality independent of lens

EOS 1D X
10.0
DxOMark Low light, DxOMark Color depth and DxOMark Dynamic range

Focusing

How fast and easily does the camera nail focus

EOS 1D X
10.0
focus points

Responsiveness

How much delay is there between you and your photo?

EOS 1D X
10.0
continuous shooting

Reviews

What do the experts think?

EOS 1D X
9.5
Reviews from canonwatch.com, 1001noisycameras.com, imaging-resource.com and 2 more

9.7

Camera Rocket Score

Image Quality, Focusing, Responsiveness and Reviews

EOS 1D X
9.7

Benchmarks Real world tests of the Canon EOS 1D X

Low light image quality Highest ISO setting that still achieves great image quality

EOS 1D X
2,786 ISO
EOS 1D Mark III
1,078 ISO
EOS 1Ds Mark III
1,663 ISO

Resolution Results from photos of standard resolution charts

EOS 1D X
2,800 LPH
Nikon D3S
1,700 LPH
EOS 1Ds Mark III
2,100 LPH

Shutter lag Delay to take a photo when prefocused

EOS 1D X
56 ms
Nikon D3S
43 ms
Nikon D800
43 ms

Continuous shooting Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

EOS 1D X
14 fps
Nikon D800
4 fps

Battery life How many photos per battery charge (CIPA)

EOS 1D X
1,500 photos
Nikon D3S
4,200 photos
Nikon D4s
3,020 photos

Color depth The number of variations of color the camera can capture

EOS 1D X
23.8 bits
Nikon D800
25.6 bits
EOS 1D Mark III
22.7 bits

Photo Gallery Wallpaper quality closeups of the camera

Reviews Word on the street for the Canon EOS 1D X


9.0
This revealed that the CMOS sensor resolves faithful colour even at super high ISOs.

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight

Focus

The camera offers a range of AF modes including user defined single-point AF, automatic AF and AF tracking.
by TrustedReviews (Sep, 2012)
Dubbed High Density Reticular AF, it's increased to 61 points, with different configurations depending upon where a point is on the grid.
by c|net (Oct, 2011)
The most significant is the new AF toggle switch for moving AF targets when the camera is being used in portrait orientation, which will be of great benefit to anyone who shoots regularly in the portrait orientation.
by TrustedReviews (Sep, 2012)

Sensor

The 1D X is built around a full-frame CMOS imaging sensor that delivers an 18MP of effective resolution.
by TrustedReviews (Sep, 2012)
While the 18-megapixel sensor is a resolution step back from the previous full-frame models, Canon says the reduced resolution was necessary to obtain the sports-level continuous-shooting speeds-one of the primary drivers of the historical separation of the line into two bodies.
by c|net (Oct, 2011)
One reason manufacturers such as Canon have, in the past, tended to use slightly smaller sensors with less overall resolution for their more performance-orientated professional DSLRs is that the image files they produce are significantly smaller in size, which in turn makes them faster to process.
by TrustedReviews (Sep, 2012)

Autofocus

Autofocus gets its own sub menu, making it extremely quick to access the six combinations of subject-tracking while the menu system is brightly colour coded too, making navigation both simple and clear.
by TrustedReviews (Sep, 2012)
Plus, upgrading to the new AF/AE system is probably going to cost you about $1,800 more than you expected.
by c|net (Oct, 2011)
Like Nikon, Canon now uses the AE system to bolster the operation of the AF system.
by c|net (Oct, 2011)

Image quality

From low light situations to shooting under floodlights we found the 1D X’s metering to be consistently spot on – so much so that there was no need to adjust exposure compensation.
by TrustedReviews (Sep, 2012)
Beyond this images do begin to lose colour saturation though.
by TrustedReviews (Sep, 2012)
It’s only when we pushed to the expanded settings that more noticeable noise and a loss of saturation became more noticeable.
by TrustedReviews (Sep, 2012)

Photography

At around £5300 for the body only though, the 1D X is very much a serious tool designed for professional use.
by TrustedReviews (Sep, 2012)
Essentially, the 1D X represents an attempt by Canon to bring the two strands together to deliver a single high-resolution, full-frame DSLR that’s also fast enough to be used by speed-craving photojournalists and sports shooters.
by TrustedReviews (Sep, 2012)
The profile of the portrait orientation grip has been improved generally so as to make holding and using the camera in this way much more comfortable – something that extends to holding the camera in landscape mode.
by TrustedReviews (Sep, 2012)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

sensor

Type CMOS
Megapixels 18.1 MP
Resolution 4912 x 3680
Size Full frame
Area 36 x 24 mm
Crop factor 1.0x
Pixel size 47.8 microns
Light sensitivity 100 ISO to 51,200 ISO
Light sensitivity (Boost) 50 ISO to 204,800 ISO
Codecs
  1. RAW
  2. JPEG
Self cleaning sensor Yes
Tested vertical resolution 2,800 LPH
Tested horizontal resolution 2,800 LPH

focus system

Type Phase detection
Focus points 61
Cross type focus points 41
Supports continuous No

shutter

Min 30 s
Max 1/8000 s

form factor

Size 158 x 164 x 83 mm
Thickness 83 mm
Weight 1,530 g
Is weather sealed Yes

features

Includes a GPS No
Supports HDR Yes
Automatic panorama No
Create realistic 3D images No
Image stabilization None

video

Video 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps
Shoots video in 24p Yes
Shoots high speed video No
External mic jack 3.5mm
Autofocus while shooting video Contrast detection
Autofocus type Contrast detection
Autofocus supports continuous No

display

Type LCD
Size 3.2"
Resolution 1,040 k dots
Has a touch screen No
Has a flip out screen No
Supports live view Yes

viewfinder

Viewfinder mirror Opaque
Viewfinder Viewfinder
Type Pentaprism
Coverage 100%
Magnification 0.76x
Viewfinder size 0.76x

performance

Max continuous shooting 14 fps
Battery life 1,500 photos
Continuous shooting 14 fps
Shutter lag 56 ms
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