Canon EOS-1D X DSLR Review: new top dog

The new Canon EOS-1D X camera, to be available for delivery in early 2012. (Photo by Canon, Inc.)

The new Canon EOS-1D X camera, to be available for delivery in early 2012. (Photo by Canon, Inc.)

Here’s what all the whispers and rumors were about: Canon has officially announced the launch of a new top-of-the-line flagship camera, the Canon EOS-1D X. This camera replaces the current top model Canon EOS-1D Mark IV and advances the technological ball down the road in several important ways.

Since I don’t have the camera in hand to actually write a review, we’re going with what Canon is officially saying at this point. But here are the main points to consider, if you’re in need to a truly awesome, very expensive DSLR:

  • Full Frame Sensor—like the Canon 5D series, but better. This is a huge improvement. Up until now, it was not possible to get a full frame sensor in a camera that could shoot sports action. This camera has the big sensor, AND—
  • 12 Frames per Second Motor Drive—12 frames is huge. That’s a LOT of frames if you’re a sports or action photographer. And with the full sensor, you’re looking at LOTS more available (read low light) information.
  • THREE On-Board Processors—this thing is a computer, after all, right? Well, it’s got TWO processors to handle the CMOS sensor work, and a THIRD processor to deal with the metering and focusing. Overall processor power is reported to be 17 TIMES faster than the Mark IV. Yowsirrr!!
  • Easier to Use (and Understand) Autofocus—the autofocus on the Mark IV, while very good, has always required an advanced degree to understand, in terms of all the variables one needed to consider in setting it up. The new camera reworks all of these considerations into 6 choices, explained in much plainer language.
  • ISO Range from 100 to 51,200. (Can be pushed two more stops with a custom setting.)
  • Video Improvements—the Canon 5d has been used to shoot movies and TV shows. This new camera will do the same thing, but better. Now with two compression options for the video and the ability to record up to 30 minutes of video without a break.
The back of the new Canon EOS-1D X. Similar to the Mark IV but with new toggle switches and functionality. (Photo by Canon, Inc.)

The back of the new Canon EOS-1D X. Similar to the Mark IV but with new toggle switches and functionality. (Photo by Canon, Inc.)

So this is going to be one helluva camera, whether you’re shooting stills or video. I don’t know a street price yet but it won’t come cheap! Stayed tuned for more as we learn more…

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