Canon EOS-1D X Mark II Has Landed

February 1, 20160 Comments

It’s been a while since Canon has impressed and I have to say the $5999 EOS-1D X MKII looks pretty nice.

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PRODUCT HIGHLIGHTS

  • 20.2MP Full-Frame CMOS Sensor
  • Dual DIGIC 6+ Image Processors
  • 3.2″ 1.62m-Dot Touchscreen LCD Monitor
  • DCI 4K Video at 60 fps, 8.8MP Still Grab
  • 61-Point High Density Reticular AF II
  • Native ISO 51200, Expanded to ISO 409600
  • 14 fps Shooting, 16 fps in Live View
  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF and Movie Servo AF
  • Built-In GPS, Optional Wi-Fi Transmitter
  • Mag. Alloy Body, CFast & CF Card Slots

Adding Dual Pixel CMOS AF to a full frame sensor is great and having a touch screen opens up the full capability of the Dual Pixel CMOS AF. Canon owns auto focus in video and the 1DX MKII is taking full advantage of it. More customizable options too.

Great to see at least 60P in 4K and 120 FPS in HD. High frame rates has been an issue with Canon.

Video Format 4K
MOV
4096 x 2160p / 59.94 fps (800 Mbps) / 50 fps / 29.97 fps (500 Mbps)
/ 25 fps (500 Mbps) / 24 fps / 23.98 fps
High Definition
MOV
1920 x 1080p / 120 fps (360 Mbps) / 100 fps / 59.94 fps (180 Mbps)
/ 50 fps / 59.94 fps (60 Mbps) / 50 fps
/ 29.97 fps (90 Mbps) / 25 fps / 24 fps
/ 23.98 fps / 29.97 fps (30 Mbps) / 25 fps
/ 24 fps / 23.98 fps
High Definition
MP4
1920 x 1080p / 59.94 fps (60 Mbps) / 50 fps / 29.97 fps (30 Mbps)
/ 25 fps / 24 fps / 23.98 fps
/ 29.97 fps (12 Mbps) / 25 fps

A whopping 800 Mbps is very good even though it’s 4:2:2 8 bit it should edit very well and hold up in color correction.

Speaking of color correction I don’t see a log mode. That I do find a little strange. Did I miss this? Is this the separation from the Cinema EOS line? Another odd thing is the 1DX MKII records 4K in the DCI 4K format. This adds some pixels to the width. You might have to crop it to 16×9 in post for UHD or HD delivery.

With Motion JPEG you can pull 8.8MP stills from video and the quality should be very good. However you have to take in consideration that motion blur takes it’s toll on stills when the the image is captured at 1/50th of a second. Generally to get a crisp sharp image of moving subjects over 1/100th is preferred. Still a great option for subjects or scenes with very little movement some nice stills could be pulled.

Finally nice to see that pesky micro HDMI replaced with a mini HDMI connector with full uncompressed output. The 1DX MKII does have the 30 minute shooting limit but add a external recorder and you break that limit.

Canon added Cfast as well as compact flash to the new flagship along with a touch screen. So I suppose touch screens are now a pro feature? 😀

Back to Dual Pixel AF. A touch screen is essential for getting the most from it. Just tap the area you want to focus and the DPAF snaps right in. The controls of how the AF works is also customizable. Want a slower rack. Just change how fast it focuses. Several different settings available to get the AF look you want.

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A 3.5mm audio input as well as a headphone jack and ethernet port is on the side. Did I mention a mini HDMI. Worth repeating!

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WiFi connectivity is a little bulky and requires an add on WFT-E8A Wireless File Transmitter, which uses the 802.11ac standard to achieve transfer rates of up to 433 Mbps. I’m a little surprised by this add on. It’s expensive at $589 and well… it’s kind of big.

Here is a nice video on the stills side.

I’m a video guy and the EOS-1D X Mark II has some impressive still features too. I mean it’s actually a stills camera first folks but as a hybrid if you use Canon lenses this $5999 entry looks pretty darn nice. So will I be in the market for a big and powerful full frame 4K shooting Canon DSLR? Maybe, but more importantly are you?

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Imaging
Lens Mount Canon EF
Camera Format Full-Frame (1.0x Crop Factor)
Pixels Actual: 21.5 Megapixel
Effective: 20.2 Megapixel
Max Resolution 5472 x 3648
Aspect Ratio 3:2
Sensor Type / Size CMOS, 36 x 24 mm
File Formats Still Images: JPEG, RAW
Movies: MJPEG, MOV, MP4, MPEG-4 AVC/H.264
Audio: AAC, Linear PCM (Stereo)
Bit Depth 14-bit
Dust Reduction System Yes
Memory Card Type CFast
CompactFlash
Focus Control
Focus Type Auto & Manual
Focus Mode Continuous-servo AF (C), Manual Focus (M), Single-servo AF (S)
Autofocus Points Phase Detection:61, 41 cross-type
Viewfinder/Display
Viewfinder Type Pentaprism
Viewfinder Eye Point 20.00 mm
Viewfinder Coverage 100%
Viewfinder Magnification Approx. 0.76x
Diopter Adjustment – 3 to +1 m
Display Screen 3.2″ Rear Touchscreen   LCD (1,620,000)
Screen Coverage 100%
Diagonal Angle of View 170.0°
Exposure Control
ISO Sensitivity Auto, 100-51200 (Extended Mode: 50-409600)
Shutter Type: Electronic & Mechanical
Speed: 30 – 1/8000 second,  Bulb Mode
Remote Control TC-80N3, RS-80N3 (Optional)
Mirror Lock-Up Yes
Metering Method Evaluative metering, Partial Metering, Spot metering
Exposure Modes Modes: Aperture Priority, Manual, Program, Shutter Priority
Metering Range: EV 0.0 – EV 20.0
Compensation: -5 EV to +5 EV (in 1/3 or 1/2 EV steps)
Continuous Shooting Up to 14 fps at 20.2 MP for up to 170 frames in raw format
White Balance Modes Auto, Cloudy, Color Temperature, Custom, Daylight, Flash, Fluorescent (White), Shade, Tungsten
Flash
Built-in Flash No
Max Sync Speed Mechanical Shutter: 1 / 250 seconds
Flash Compensation -3 EV to +3 EV (in 1/3 or 1/2 EV steps)
Dedicated Flash System eTTL
External Flash Connection Hot Shoe, PC Terminal
AV Recording
Video Recording Yes, NTSC/PAL
Video Format 4K
MOV
4096 x 2160p / 59.94 fps (800 Mbps) / 50 fps / 29.97 fps (500 Mbps)
/ 25 fps (500 Mbps) / 24 fps / 23.98 fps
High Definition
MOV
1920 x 1080p / 120 fps (360 Mbps) / 100 fps / 59.94 fps (180 Mbps)
/ 50 fps / 59.94 fps (60 Mbps) / 50 fps
/ 29.97 fps (90 Mbps) / 25 fps / 24 fps
/ 23.98 fps / 29.97 fps (30 Mbps) / 25 fps
/ 24 fps / 23.98 fps
High Definition
MP4
1920 x 1080p / 59.94 fps (60 Mbps) / 50 fps / 29.97 fps (30 Mbps)
/ 25 fps / 24 fps / 23.98 fps
/ 29.97 fps (12 Mbps) / 25 fps
Aspect Ratio 16:9
Exposure Control Auto: Shutter Speed, Aperture, ISO
Manual: Shutter Speed, Aperture, ISO
ISO Sensitivity Auto/Manual, 100 – 25600
Exposure Compensation -3 EV to +3 EV (in 1/3 or 1/2 EV steps)
Focus Auto
Manual
Continuous Auto
Video Clip Length 4096 x 2160
@ 60 fps ALL-I: 29 min. 59 seconds (5733 MB / min.)
Audio Recording Built-in Mic: With Video + Voice Memo, Mono
Optional External Mic: With Video, Stereo
Performance
Continuous Shooting Up to 16 fps
Start-up Time 0.1 seconds
Self Timer 10 seconds, 2 seconds
Interval Recording No
Connectivity 1/8″ Headphone, 1/8″ Microphone, AV Output, HDMI C (Mini), USB 3.0
Wi-Fi Capable Yes (with Optional Transmitter)
Power
Battery 1x LP-E19 Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery Pack
1x LP-E4N Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery Pack, 11.1 VDC, 2450 mAh
1x LP-E4 Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery Pack, 11.1 VDC, 2300 mAh
AC Power Adapter AC-E19 (Optional)
Operating/Storage Temperature Operating
32 to 113°F (0 to 45°C)
Humidity: 0 – 85%
Physical
Dimensions (WxHxD) 6.2 x 6.6 x 3.3″ / 158.0 x 167.6 x 82.6 mm
Weight 3.37 lb / 1530 g CIPA, with battery and memory card

 

 

 

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