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Canon EOS 1D X Mark II 16fps Full-Frame DSLR Announced

Canon has announced the updated 1D X Mark II, with 4K video recording and up to 16fps continuous shooting.

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Canon has announced the new Canon EOS 1D X Mark II, an update to the professional 1D X, the camera features an all new 20.2 megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor with dual pixel CMOS AF, as well as a built in analogue to digital convertor for improved readout speed, better dynamic range and improved noise performance. The camera features internal 4K video recording, and a built in heatsink to allow recording up to 29 minutes. There are two memory card slots, with CompactFlash, plus high speed CFast 2.0 to enable quicker write speeds, and up to 170 raw shots at 16fps (in live view mode) or 14fps with AE/AF in normal high speed continuous shooting mode. 

The Canon EOS 1D X Mark II will be available in May with an RRP of £5199 body only.

Read our Canon EOS 1D X Mark II Hands-On Preview.

Canon EOS 1D X Mark II Key Features

  • 20.2 megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor
  • 3.2inch touch-screen, 1.62m dots (touch screen only active in live view or movie shooting)
  • Intelligent optical Viewfinder II, 100% field of view, electronic overlay, 0.76x magnification
  • Dual DIGIC 6+ processors
  • 61 point AF system with 41 cross type points
  • AI Servo AF III +, focuses down to -3EV
  • Supports f/8 AF with all 61 points with extenders and telephoto lenses
  • 360K RGB+IR metering sensor
  • Flicker Detection for artificial lighting
  • Minimal Mirror Vibration Mirror Drive System
  • 14fps continuous shooting with AF/AE Tracking (RAW)
  • 16fps continuous shooting in Live View (Mirror lock up, AF locked first frame)
  • Unlimited JPEGs or 170 RAW images with CFast 2.0
  • ISO100 to 51200, expands to ISO50 up to ISO409600
  • Built in GPS, Geotag information, Logging function
  • CFast 2.0 / CompactFlash (UDMA7 Type I) slots
  • USB 3.0, built in Ethernet
  • 1210 shot battery life 


Canon EOS 1D X Mark II Video Features

  • 4K video up to 60/50p, 4096x2160, approx. 800MBps, 30, 25, 24p approx. 500MBps
  • 8.8mp photos extractable in-camera from 4K footage
  • 4K records internally to CFast 2.0, in DCI 4K standard: 4096x2160 (17:9)
  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology (covers 80% of sensor area)
  • Movie Servo Auto Focus, can select focus point with touch-screen
  • FullHD video up to 120/100fps
  • ISO100 to ISO204800 available
  • Clean HDMI output at Full HD resolution, 4.2.2 8-bit colour sampling
  • Mono microphone built in
  • Mic / Headphone sockets


From Canon: United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, 2 February 2016 – Canon today premiers the highly anticipated EOS-1D X Mark II, its new flagship DSLR engineered to put the ultimate combination of image quality, resolution and speed in the palm of your hand. Crafted to give photographers a competitive edge from the second they shoot, the EOS-1D X Mark II establishes a new benchmark for speed – shooting 14 frames per second (fps) with full AF/AE tracking and 16 fps in Live View mode – ideal for capturing high-speed subjects, whether in the wild, or at world-class sporting events.

Developed using feedback from the worldwide community of EOS-1D X photographers, the EOS-1D X Mark II features a new 20.2 MP full frame CMOS sensor and new Al Servo AF III+, as well as 4K video capture up to 60p. This blend of power and performance makes the camera an essential companion for virtually all professional specialisms. 

Redefining image quality and AF precision

Boasting a wide and versatile ISO range – an incredible 100 to 51200, expandable from 50 up to 409600 – the EOS-1D X Mark II excels in all lighting environments, from the brightest through to near darkness.

Ensuring each shot is captured with unrivalled precision, the camera features an improved 61-point AF system with 41 cross-type AF points, which covers an expanded area and focuses under low light up to -3EV. For the first time, when shooting with selected extenders and telephoto lenses, the new AF system also offers f/8 AF support with all 61 points, giving you the freedom to choose the focus point. Alongside Canon’s popular pro AF technologies – EOS iTR and AF Case settings – the EOS-1D X Mark II also includes new AI Servo AF III+ that improves the tracking sensitivity in scenes where subject movements may occur suddenly, such as animals moving quickly through the wild.

Working in partnership with the AF system is a new 360k RGB+IR metering sensor, providing accurate exposure and improved subject detection. Flicker Detection, as originally introduced in the EOS 7D Mark II, also guarantees consistent results under artificial lights – perfect for indoor sporting events.


Capture every second

Breaking the boundaries of high speed shooting, the EOS-1D X Mark II is able to shoot 14 frames per second with full AF/AE tracking and in RAW, equipping you to capture the exact moment of a sporting event, or an animal catching its prey. For those needing even more, up to 16fps can be shot in Live View mode without AF. With the new CFast 2.0™ card capability, the camera can deliver a burst of unlimited JPEGs or 170 RAW images in continuous high speed shooting.

The EOS-1D X Mark II is the most responsive EOS DSLR to date, thanks in part to the new Dual “DIGIC 6+” processors providing high-speed processing of the vast image data captured by the sensor. The refined mirror construction utilises a new drive mechanism to empower high speed shooting, with minimal mirror vibration or noise.

Pro-standard 4K movie making

Canon’s heritage in 4K movies culminates in the EOS-1D X Mark II, giving film-makers the option of shooting 4K (4096x2160) in a variety of frame rates up to 60fps to the CFast 2.0™ card. It also enables Full HD (1920x1080p) movie shooting at an incredible 120fps, ideal for slow motion scenes. Decisive moments from a 60fps 4K scene can be extracted as a high resolution 8.8MP still, giving you even more control over the exact moment of capture.

Film-makers can enjoy fast and smooth AF in 4K and Full HD shooting thanks to Canon’s Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology and Movie Servo AF, while the touch panel LCD enables you to quickly select AF points when shooting movies.


Optimum image management and reliability

Professionals have the tools they need to manage their images, ensuring they can easily be transferred to news agencies or outlets in a matter of seconds. Built-in GPS records shooting locations in EXIF data, helping pros keep an accurate record of their shoots. Both Ethernet wired LAN and SuperSpeed USB 3.0 give you the choice of how images are shared – via FTP or direct to computers. Additionally, the new WFT-E8 wireless file transmitter[i] also supports the high-speed standard 802.11ac (5 GHz band).

Epitomising EOS design heritage, the EOS-1D X Mark II features an improved grip and controls, offering enhanced operability that feels natural in the hand, and weather proofing makes it resilient against the elements, ideal for outdoor shoots. The Intelligent Viewfinder II provides approximately 100% field of view, with an electronic overlay of shooting information meaning you never have to move your eye away from the viewfinder.


Read our Canon EOS 1D X Mark II Hands-On Preview.

Canon EOS 1D X Mark II Specifications

Effective Magnification1x
Image Sensor
Pixels20.2Mp (Megapixels)
Pixels (W)5472
Pixels (H)3648
Sensor TypeCMOS
Sensor SizeFull-Frame
Sensor Size (width)35.9mm
Sensor Size (height)23.9mm
Aspect Ratio
  • 3:2
LCD Monitor
LCD Monitor3.2in
Screen resolution1.62m dots
Touch ScreenYes
Focusing modes
  • Autofocus
  • Manual
  • Spot
  • AF Tracking
  • Multi
  • Centre
  • Touch AF
  • AF Fine Tuning (Micro Adjustment)
Exposure Control
Shutter speeds shortest1/8000sec
Shutter speeds longest30sec
Bulb modeYes
Exp modes
  • Program
  • Aperture-Priority
  • Shutter-Priority
  • Manual
  • Program Variable
  • Centre-weighted - Average
  • Multi Pattern
  • Partial
  • Spot
  • Centre Spot
ISO sensitivity50 - 409600
White balance
  • Auto
  • Manual
  • Bracket
  • Outdoors/Daylight
  • Cloudy
  • Incandescent
  • Fluorescent
  • Shade
  • Flash
Exposure Comp+/-5
MagnificationNo Data
Shooting Options
Continuous shooting16fps
Movie modeYes
Video Resolution
  • 1920x1080 FullHD
  • 4K
Video FPS60,50fps 4K, 120,100fps FullHD
Stereo SoundNo
Optical Zoom with VideoYes
Other Features
Image StabilisationNo
Card Type
  • CF
  • CFast 2.0
File Type
  • RAW
  • JPG
  • RAW + JPG
Power Source
Battery TypeRechargeable Li-ion Battery LP-E19 (supplied)
Battery Life (CIPA rating)1210shots
Box Contents
Box ContentsNo Data

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pink Plus
17 6.6k 8 United Kingdom
2 Feb 2016 7:06AM
Hmmmmmmm...............tempting, maybe I could sell a body part to fund one!
pablophotographer 9 1.8k 405
2 Feb 2016 1:03PM
My full frame camera weights 345g. It takes stills only. Oh,no it takes film too, 35mm LOL
Nigeyboy 12 987 United Kingdom
3 Feb 2016 12:33PM
For 5199 I think I would get a couple of used 5DIII's and a ton of glass . . .

. . . still, 16fps is pretty mental in anyone's book - get it up to 25fps and would be a cine camera lol!!

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