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Canon EOS 1D X DSLR Announced

Canon has announced the new Canon EOS 1D X - the camera features an 18 megapixel full frame sensor, and 12fps or 14fps shooting.

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Canon has announced the new Canon EOS 1D X - a replacement for the 1Ds Mk III and 1D Mark IV, the camera features an 18 megapixel full frame sensor, and 12fps or 14fps shooting as well as full HD video, ISO upto 204,800, and built in ethernet port. The camera has a tentative guideline price of £5,299 incl. VAT with an expected available date as March 2012.

Key Features

  • 18.1 MP full frame CMOS sensor
  • Up to 12fps plus 14fps High speed mode
  • 100-51200 ISO, up to H:204800
  • 61 point AF system
  • 100,000 pixel RGB AE metering
  • Full HD 1080p EOS movie
  • Dual “DIGIC 5+” processors
  • Clear View II 8.11 cm (3.2”) 1,040k LCD
  • Ethernet port

From Canon: The EOS-1D X combines speed with image quality, to create the next generation camera for professionals. Full frame 18 megapixel sensor with Dual “DIGIC 5+” processors sets the standard, and up to 12 frames per second shooting takes it beyond.

Extreme power

Powered by next-generation processing technology, the EOS-1D X is the first-ever camera to feature dual “DIGIC 5+” processors. Offering performance up to three times faster than standard DIGIC 5, each processor is designed to manage huge levels of image data while simultaneously reducing image noise. In combination with the sensor’s 16-channel read-out, the dual processors enable full-resolution continuous shooting up to 12fps with 14-bit A/D conversion and full camera operation – the fastest of any DSLR currently available (according to Canon research, correct as of September 2011). A super high-speed mode extends the shooting speed to 14fps (JPEG format only), while a new shutter and mirror mechanism reduces shutter lag and mirror bounce, delivering consistently high performance when shooting at high speed.

The film-maker’s DSLR

The EOS-1D X is ideal for all professionals who want to exploit the EOS system’s extensive selection of lenses and accessories – whether shooting stills or HD movies. Users can record Full HD (1920x1080p) movies from the full-frame sensor with a full range of manual settings to control exposure, focus and frame rate (1920 x 1080: 30 (29.97), 25, 24 (23.976) frames per second, 1280 x 720: 60 (59.94), 50 fps, 640 x 480: 30 (29.97), 25 fps), while sound levels can also be displayed and adjusted on the LCD screen, ensuring complete control over every aspect of a shoot.

Thanks to the power provided by the dual “DIGIC 5+” processors moiré artefacts are also reduced, while EOS Movie now offers longer recording options, automatically creating a new file once the 4GB file limit has been reached. A new intra frame video codec also maintains the highest possible video quality, limiting compression of image data so users retain increased levels of information for post-production editing.

Designed for professionals

The EOS-1D X offers a carefully revised version of the classic EOS-1 series design, with larger, more tactile buttons that make it easier for users to control settings – even in extreme conditions where gloves are required. Two multi-controllers and a touch-sensitive control wheel, for use in movie mode, make it easier to change settings, while a range of customisable function buttons allow users to set-up the camera to suit their individual needs by allowing shortcuts to the features and pre-sets they use most.

A 100% viewfinder makes framing each scene easy, while intelligent viewfinder functionality instantly adds a grid display when required. A large, 8.11cm (3.2”) Clear View II LCD screen offers a 1040K-dot resolution, and the anti-reflective structure prevents light reflections or glare when viewing images in bright conditions. A hardened glass cover also provides resistance to knocks and scratches commonly picked up while shooting on the move.

The menu system also features a comprehensively redesigned user interface, incorporating Help functions to make camera operation faster, clearer and easier. Additionally, a new dedicated AF tab allows photographers to access and customise AF pre-sets for common shooting situations or subjects, allowing users to concentrate on capturing the moment without the need to constantly adjust camera settings.

Built to last

The EOS-1D X offers a highly durable body constructed from high-grade magnesium alloy that provides protection against both the elements and the knocks of everyday use. The latest implementation of Canon’s EOS Integrated Cleaning System also uses technology adopted from Canon lenses, using wave-based vibrations similar to that of Ultrasonic Motors to shake dust and dirt from the sensor even more effectively.

An enhanced shutter mechanism also provides extended durability, providing 400K shutter cycles so photographers can rely on their camera to meet the challenge of repeated, demanding shoots. The EOS-1D X also features Canon’s protective sealing around the controls and cover seams, making the camera dust and water-resistant when combined with Canon’s range of weather-resistant EF lenses – perfect for shooting in a range of weather conditions.

Enhanced connectivity also ensures photographers can send images to picture desks or studios quickly and securely. An integrated gigabit ethernet port provides a fast, reliable way to transfer images from on-location events or in a studio, without the need for an adaptor.

Performance redefined - 18.1 MP full frame CMOS sensor

A Canon 18.1 MP full frame CMOS sensor delivers stunning performance, producing exceptional low noise, high-resolution images even in the darkest conditions. The full frame sensor delivers optimum results from wide-angle lenses and gives you greater control over depth of field. Image resolution exceeds the quality demanded by leading photo agencies - making it ideal for extra large prints up to A2 size, even after cropping.

Super high speed shooting

Capture every second of the action with up to 12fps continuous shooting, increasing to an incredible 14fps in Super High speed shooting with continuous bursts of up to 120 large JPEG images (36 RAW).

Huge ISO range

An exceptionally wide ISO range of 100 to 51200 – expandable up to an incredible ISO 204800 – means shooting need never stop from the brightest conditions right through to near darkness.

61 point AF system

A high-precision 61 point AF system, featuring 41 high sensitivity cross type sensors, delivers fast, accurate focussing of fast moving subjects – whatever the lighting conditions. The centre 5 AF points are dual cross type for added precision.

Consistent, accurate metering

A 100,000 pixel RGB AE metering system with a dedicated DIGIC 4 processor measures not only brightness but also colour to ensure highly accurate exposure for natural results even in complex lighting situations.

Full HD EOS movies

Shoot Full HD (1080p) video with a wide range of user selectable controls on a DSLR including exposure, frame rates, audio and compression control. An HDMI output allows High Definition playback of footage and images.

Dual “DIGIC 5+” processors

Canon’s latest generation Dual “DIGIC 5+” processors deliver the fastest and most advanced image processing to date for best-in-class image quality. Working with 4 A/D converters to provide 14-bit image processing for smooth tonal gradations and natural looking colours as well as advanced Noise Reduction at higher ISO speeds.

Large, anti-reflective LCD

A high-resolution 1,040k-dot 3.2” Clear View II LCD screen, allows easy, accurate review of images and video. Superbly durable, an anti-reflective, hardened glass structure prevents reflections even in the brightest sunlight.

Ethernet port

A built in Ethernet port allows for fast, easy transfer of images directly to a PC or via a network to clients from live events.

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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pulsar69 16 1.6k 6 United Kingdom
Looking good , nice to see they have gone for quality and not quantity ie the megapixel count , will be interesting to see the real life ISO results as this would close the deal for me along with the 400k shutter life, which given my 5d2 is doing a 100k a year would make a sensible upgrade. Cant imagine why they have put that cheap 50mm on it tho lol ....
Chaitanya 11 14 1 United Kingdom
Come on Canon now give us a 7D replacement. Also it seems like a sensible move to have a single
top end offering rather than two different camera models. I love the fact that it has an ethernet port built right onto the body. Also looking at the pictures, ergonomics have been improved a lot and my main issue with Canons of not having a joystick in vertical orientation has been addressed with this camera. Also 2 sets of customizable buttons near lens mount are great additions.
Wonder what the thinking is behind 'only' 18MP as even the 5DMKII has more although I guess it's results that matter in the end.

ISO of 204800 is incredible wonder if it's useable though?

Glad to see CF remaining ie no move to SD cards.

So all I need to do now is win the lottery Wink
ianrobinson 11 1.2k 8 United Kingdom
So all I need to do now is win the lottery.

Same here, but i would love one of these because i carry a 5d mark ii for landscapes and portraiture and a 7d for my wildlife and sport, so therefore needing the 2 cameras to do there jobs.
I have to admit this option of the 1d looks extremely tempting i have to say its basically more than my 2 cameras in one makes sense to me, better start saving i think Tongue.
Saying that though the price maybe less when it comes out you never know...
@les cornwell 18mp will make low light high iso so much better canon were lagging behind nikon on this issue d700 is only 12mp but low light handling is super this canon is sue to wipe the floor with all the nikons though
ianrobinson 11 1.2k 8 United Kingdom
This camera is going to wipe the floor with every camera, it is the ultimate camera for all jobs, like most of us know huge mega pixels mean absolutely nothing unless you have all the other elements to produce a nice noise free image, can't believe the speed of this thing 12-14 fps thats mind blowing especially if you are doing wildlife and the af points how many?Smile.
Well canon have shown there trump card now hey and what a card it is too.
Bulb mode?
Max sync speed?
Dynamic range?
Some fabulous features, but no way to use a 1.4 teleconverter on my 800 f5.6 seems to take away one major advantage 1D bodies had over 7D etc with auto focus at f8 .. So this is not going to replace my 1D 1V .. It makes me wonder who is going to buy the new converters.. And dampens my enthusiasm for the product..
Looks like a great all-round camera. I want one! Only two weeks til next payday Smile
I played with one today in the lab at Canon UK HQ. It's a privileged job working for Practical Photography Magazine, but they wouldn't let us anywhere near it until this afternoon. Our full review will be out in the January issue with a brief stop press piece in December. Really nice ergonomically but still very weighty and they've invented a new battery to benefit Canon and Canon alone. Just changed sufficiently so that old batteries wont fit - a disaster for the environment and a job made harder for the companies who make the generic stuff, but hardly a surprise there.

I made all this up by the way - I don't work for Practical Photography - nice work if you can get it though and I'll bet their (PP's) review is the most accurate of the bunch. The email from ePhotozine invited me to say what I thought about this latest release so i though they were going to let me play with one rather than join in on the usual speculation. Timely release just for the Olympics (again) I remember the Canon A1 was the "official" camera of the Winter Olympics when it was released. They're allowing sufficient time for the pros to get working batteries I suspect as this was a major problem with the 5D Mk ii but again this is more speculation.
"Let us think of you think of it?"...simple question need a simple answer.."I'm gonna buy it!"..if I can afford it :0)
Sorry ....I'm not interested because they have omitted the tilt screen.
With modern video capicity and extreme shooting condition it is an obligation to include a tilt screen.
About $7000.00 with no tilt screen ....ah ...ah.... ah...it is not very serious from Canon.

We are in a period of photography-video evolution
Canon seems to ignore it
Please......Go back at your working table Canon
Looks like Canon are building my next camera . At £5299 my 5D mk11 and 7D will be heading for eBay --- roll on March 2012

Smiles from miles
Would love one, I have the 550d and its just not quite good enough, would love this one, but am disabled and can't ever afford one.
Canon are trying very hard to catch up with Nikon but when Nasa and the Russian space agency decide to take Canon cameras onto their space shuttle platforms they will have arrived but until that happens they will always play second fiddle to Nikon.

Great.. This will be my next Camera
Same here..tilt screen or not ;0)

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