Canon EOS-1D X Mark II

Released February, 2016
  • 20 MP
  • Full frame 36 x 24 mm CMOS
  • 3.2" LCD
Just as impressive is the way the 1D X’s sensor manages to resolve detail at high ISOs, particularly up to ISO 25,600.
by TrustedReviews (Sep, 2012)
9.7 Out of 10

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

Image Quality

RAW image quality independent of lens

EOS-1D X Mark II
10.0
EOS 1D X
10.0
Nikon D4
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 Mark II
10.0
EOS 1D X
10.0
Nikon D4
9.2
focus points

Responsiveness

How much delay is there between you and your photo?

EOS-1D X Mark II
10.0
EOS 1D X
10.0
Nikon D4
10.0
continuous shooting

Reviews

What do the experts think?

EOS-1D X Mark II
9.5
EOS 1D X
9.5
Nikon D4
9.4
Reviews from trustedreviews.com, sonyalpharumors.com, imaging-resource.com and 2 more

9.7

Camera Rocket Score

Image Quality, Focusing, Responsiveness and Reviews

EOS-1D X Mark II
9.7
EOS 1D X
9.7
Nikon D4
9.6

Benchmarks Real world tests of the Canon EOS-1D X Mark II

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

EOS-1D X Mark II
975 ISO
Nikon D4
2,965 ISO
EOS 1D X
2,786 ISO

Continuous shooting Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

EOS-1D X Mark II
16 fps
Sony A7R
4 fps
EOS 5DS R
5 fps

Battery life How many photos per battery charge (CIPA)

EOS-1D X Mark II
1,210 photos
Nikon D5
3,780 photos
Nikon D4
2,600 photos

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

EOS-1D X Mark II
22.3 bits
Sony A7R
26.0 bits
Nikon D4
24.7 bits

Dynamic range Maximum range a camera can capture in one image from light to dark

EOS-1D X Mark II
11.2 ev
Sony A7R
14.1 ev
Nikon D4
13.1 ev

Reviews Word on the street for the Canon EOS-1D X Mark II


9.0
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.

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight

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)
The term ‘full-frame’ refers to the physical size of the sensor, and basically means that it is the same size (and therefore contains the same surface area) as a single frame from a 35mm strip of film.
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)

Focus

Experimenting with the six Cases of subject-tracking sensitivity we found that Case 3 (which instantly focuses on subjects entering AF points) was best suited to our needs, especially once we’d customised the responsiveness to 2.
by TrustedReviews (Sep, 2012)
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)

Lens

Compulsive microadjusters will now be thrilled that you can profile 2 focal lengths for each zoom lens.
by c|net (Oct, 2011)
The Playback, Zoom, Delete and Protect buttons have been placed next to each other, while Live View mode is activated by a button next to the viewfinder.
by TrustedReviews (Sep, 2012)
I could see some sports shooters potentially annoyed by the decision to drop the APS-H format; after all, lens purchase and usage decisions have been made around the 1.3x crop factor, which means you're forced to shoot at an effectively shorter focal length (full-frame) or an effectively longer focal length but lower resolution in a crop mode.
by c|net (Oct, 2011)

Autofocus

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)
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)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

sensor

Type CMOS
Megapixels 20 MP
Resolution 5472 x 3648
Size Full frame
Area 36 x 24 mm
Crop factor 1.0x
Pixel size 43.3 microns
Light sensitivity 50 ISO to 409,600 ISO

focus system

Type Phase detection
Focus points 61
Supports continuous Yes

shutter

Min 30 s
Max 1/8000 s

form factor

Size 158 x 168 x 83 mm
Thickness 83 mm
Weight 1,530 g
Is weather sealed Yes

features

Includes a GPS Yes
WiFi None

video

Video Unknown
External mic jack 3.5mm

display

Type LCD
Size 3.2"
Resolution 1,620 k dots
Has a touch screen Yes
Has a flip out screen No
Supports live view Yes

viewfinder

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

performance

Max continuous shooting 16 fps
Battery life 1,210 photos
Continuous shooting 16 fps
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