Camera Rocket Review Our evaluation of 1Ds Mark II vs EOS-1D X Mark II

Image Quality

RAW image quality independent of lens

DxOMark Low light, DxOMark Color depth and DxOMark Dynamic range


How fast and easily does the camera nail focus

focus points


How much delay is there between you and your photo?

continuous shooting


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Benchmarks Real world tests of EOS 1Ds Mark II vs EOS-1D X Mark II

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

EOS 1Ds Mark II
1,480 ISO

Continuous shooting Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

Battery life How many photos per battery charge (CIPA)

EOS 1Ds Mark II
1,200 photos
EOS-1D X Mark II
1,210 photos

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

EOS 1Ds Mark II
23.3 bits
EOS-1D X Mark II
22.3 bits

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

Features Key features of the EOS 1Ds Mark II  vs EOS-1D X Mark II 

Megapixels Maximum resolution images are captured at

Max ISO Maximum light sensitivity of the sensor

EOS 1Ds Mark II
3,200 ISO
EOS-1D X Mark II
409,600 ISO

Focus points How many different points the camera can focus on

Screen size Larger screens make it easier to preview and review photos

Viewfinder size Large viewfinders are brighter and more comfortable to use

Pixel size How much area of the sensor is dedicated to each pixel

EOS 1Ds Mark II
52.0 microns
EOS-1D X Mark II
43.3 microns

Specifications Full list of technical specs


EOS 1Ds Mark II  vs
EOS-1D X Mark II 
Megapixels 16.6 MP 20 MP
Resolution 4992 x 3328 5472 x 3648
Size Full frame Full frame
Area 36 x 24 mm 36 x 24 mm
Crop factor 1.0x 1.0x
Pixel size 52.0 microns 43.3 microns
Light sensitivity 100 ISO to 1,600 ISO 50 ISO to 409,600 ISO

focus system

Type Contrast detection Phase detection
Focus points 45 61
Supports continuous Yes Yes


Min 30 s 30 s
Max 1/8000 s 1/8000 s

form factor

Size 156 x 158 x 80 mm 158 x 168 x 83 mm
Thickness 80 mm 83 mm
Weight 1,500 g 1,530 g
Is weather sealed Yes Yes


Includes a GPS No Yes


EOS 1Ds Mark II  vs
EOS-1D X Mark II 
Video None Unknown
External mic jack N/A 3.5mm


Size 2" 3.2"
Resolution 230 k dots 1,620 k dots
Has a touch screen No Yes
Has a flip out screen No No
Supports live view No Yes


Viewfinder mirror Opaque Translucent
Viewfinder Yes Yes
Type Pentaprism Pentaprism
Coverage 100% 100%
Magnification 0.7x 0.76x
Viewfinder size 0.7x 0.76x


Max continuous shooting 4 fps 16 fps
Battery life 1,200 1,210
Continuous shooting
16 fps
4 fps
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