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Canon EOS 1D X Digital SLR Hands On

We go hands on with the new Canon EOS 1D X with 14fps continuous shooting, and enhanced menus on video.

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Canon EOS 1D X
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.

Front View Lens Off
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.

Full Frame 18mp sensor
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
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.

Canon EOS 1D X Walkthrough by Canon:

Canon EOS 1D X Specifications

Effective Magnification1x
Image Sensor
Pixels18.1Mp (Megapixels)
Pixels (W)5184
Pixels (H)3456
Sensor TypeCMOS
Sensor SizeFull Frame
Sensor Size (width)36mm
Sensor Size (height)24mm
Aspect Ratio
  • 3:2
LCD Monitor
LCD Monitor3.2in
Screen resolution1040k dots
Touch ScreenNo
Focusing modes
  • Autofocus
  • Manual
  • Face Detection
  • AF Fine Tuning (Micro Adjustment)
Exposure Control
Shutter speeds shortest1/8000sec
Shutter speeds longest30sec
Bulb modeYes
Exp modes
  • Program
  • Aperture-Priority
  • Shutter-Priority
  • Manual
  • Scene modes
  • Multi Pattern
  • Partial
  • Spot
  • Centre-weighted - Average
  • TTL
ISO sensitivity100 - 204800
White balance
  • Auto
  • Manual
  • Bracket
  • Outdoors/Daylight
  • Cloudy
  • Incandescent
  • Fluorescent
  • Shade
  • Flash
Exposure Comp+/-5
MagnificationNo Data
Shooting Options
Continuous shooting14fps
Movie modeYes
Video Resolution
  • 1920x1080 FullHD
  • 1280x720 HD 720p
Video FPS25, 24fps
Stereo SoundYes
Optical Zoom with VideoYes
Other Features
Image StabilisationNo
Card Type
  • CF1
  • CF2
  • CF
File Type
  • RAW
  • JPG
  • RAW + JPG
Power Source
Battery TypeRechargeable Li-ion Battery LP-E4N
Battery Life (CIPA rating)1120shots
Box Contents
Box ContentsNo Data

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I love the new UI, also the canon has improved the ergonomics a lot. Will wait to see what the 7D replacement looks like.
ianrobinson 12 1.2k 8 United Kingdom
i want to see a new 5d mark iii with the same sort or better 7d or id focus points
I was at the same show and saw the 14fps demo (mirror stays up, no AF) and 12 FPS - mirror drops to allow AF. Wow great speed.
Oh no I not long had my 1Ds Mk3, I WANT one......
Where are the downloadable independent Full RAW files. Until these become available across the ISO range it's impossible to test both for Noise & Dynamic Range fully.Sad
They say that the sensor is the first full frame sensor to have gapless microlenses. Is this just for Canon? Nikon have had this for years, both their D3s and the D700 full frame cameras sport this technology.
Yess,i do on the same attention,what is the next generation of 7D......
Who know the weight of this 1D X?
brian1208 19 11.8k 12 United Kingdom
I handled this camera yesterday at a session provided by Castle Cameras.My first impression was that it is a fair bit lighter (it didn't feel that much heavier than the 5Dmk2 + battery pack). Compared to my 7D it appeared in some ways easier to use and I particularly liked the AF "Cases" screen for setting the system for different shooting conditions.

The ability to shoot continuous 14 frames / sec in JPG with no buffer blocking was amazing!

My only gripe is that, unless I win on the lottery its never going to be a justifiable purchase so I will just have to lust from a distance

If you have the money, try it, its a beautiful piece of kit
awesome camera! certainly compliments my 1d iv

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