We go hands on with the new flagship Canon EOS 1D X - Canon's new top of the range full frame Digital SLR with an 18 megapixel sensor, 14 fps shooting, and enhanced full HD video recording. You can see the new camera at the Canon Pro Solutions event currently running in London.
The Canon EOS 1D X gives four buttons around the lens, these can be customised so that the camera is setup how you want to use it.
The 18.1 megapixel full frame CMOS sensor has larger pixels than the EOS 1D Mark IV, and is the first full frame sensor to feature gapless microlenses to draw more light into the sensor. The ISO range goes from ISO100 to 51200, but is also extendable to ISO50 up to ISO204800.
Rear view info screen - the rear scroll wheel surrounding the SET button can be used whilst recording videos and is touch sensitive so that the video doesn't pick up any noise from using the control. There are also two control sticks (joysticks) one for portrait shooting and one for landscape shooting.
Initial Impressions: After using the camera the first thing to note is how solidly constructed the camera feels, with excellent grip, but also nbticeable weight. The camera focusing is extremely quick when using the optical viewfinder, but switching to live-view gives much slower performance. When asking Canon about this, they advised that they wouldn't expect live view to be used by many people. Continuous shooting is extremely impressive, with 12fps shooting available with continuous focus and exposure and 14fps available with the first shot setting the focus and exposure. Canon were displaying a number of sample photos they had printed, including ISO shots at ISO12800 and above. The ISO12800 photo looked impressive with very low noise, and above this noise began to be clearly noticeable.
Canon EOS 1D X Photos of Equipment
Menu walk through: In the background you can hear the continuous shooting of another EOS 1D X.
Shutter / Mirror speed (12fps) - another view can be seen here.