Melville, NY—Canon USA announced the EOS-1D X Mark II digital SLR camera, targeted squarely at pro photographers. It features a new 20.2 megapixel, 35mm full-frame Canon CMOS sensor, dual Digic 6+ image processors and Canon’s Dual Pixel CMOS Autofocus technology. They combine to capture high-resolution photos at up to 14 frames per second (fps) and high-definition video at up to 4K resolution.
The new flagship boasts several firsts for EOS DSLRs, including 14-fps continuous shooting with autoexposure (AE) and predictive autofocus (AF) for viewfinder shooting and 16 fps in live view mode. And dual Digic 6+ processors are said to transfer data of 170 consecutive RAW images at 14 fps. When shooting JPEGs, photographers are only limited by memory card capacity.
“The innovations within Canon’s new EOS-1D X Mark II DSLR camera clearly set a new standard for professional cameras,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, president and COO, Canon USA, Inc. “In developing the EOS-1D X Mark II camera, we looked to incorporate user-requested performance enhancements to bring professional photographers the ultimate EOS camera, a camera that has matured and been developed to meet their evolving needs.”
Canon added a digital lens optimizer to help correct aberrations in-camera. This feature previously required post-processing on a computer. Also new is an improved 61-point High-Density Reticular AF II system. All AF points are selectable by the user. The improved system includes expanded coverage that supports autofocus at maximum apertures of f/8 with all 61 points, for precision even when using super-telephoto lenses with an EF extender.
In response to feedback from pro users, the AF points in the “Intelligent Viewfinder II” can be illuminated in red. This provides improved visibility, especially when shooting in dark locations. And AF sensitivity in low light was doubled from EV -2 to EV -3 at the center AF point when the camera is set to one-shot AF. Viewfinder AF coverage was also increased for greater compositional flexibility.
Canon says the EOS-1D X Mark II “boasts excellent dynamic range and reduced color noise compared to its predecessor” throughout its standard ISO speed range of 100–51,200. ISO speeds of 50, 102,400, 204,800 and 409,600 are also available. Another first for the EOS-1D series, the camera employs a 360,000-pixel RGB+IR metering sensor with enhanced performance compared to its predecessor. The enhancement helps improve facial recognition and tracking.
The DSLR’s advanced AE system is also said to detect and compensate for flickering light sources. These include sodium vapor lamps often used in gymnasiums. When enabled, this anti-flicker system automatically adjusts shutter release timing to help reduce disparities in exposure and color.
EOS-1D X Video Features
For videographers, the EOS-1D X Mark II records DCI 4K video to an in-camera CFast 2.0 card. An additional card slot supports standard CF cards up to UDMA 7. Other video features include: a built-in headphone jack for real-time audio monitoring; 4K frame grab mode that creates an 8.8MP still JPEG in-camera; and 120p Full HD recording that lets videographers produce slow motion video in extremely low light. The camera’s touch-screen LCD permits videographers to select AF points before and during video recording with Dual Pixel CMOS AF. This feature lends camcorder-like video autofocus to the DSLR.
In addition, the DSLR has a built-in GPS receiver with compass for geotagging information on latitude, longitude, elevation and direction. And the EOS-1D X Mark II’s magnesium alloy body is weather resistant. Enhanced wireless functionality (with the optional WFT-E8 wireless file transmitter) supports the high-speed IEEE 802.11ac standard. The camera also transfers photos and videos to compatible smartphones using Canon’s Camera Connect app.
Canon’s EOS-1D X Mark II will ship in April 2016 with an SRP of $5,999 body only. It will sell for $6,299 in a premium kit that includes a 64GB CFast memory card and card reader. usa.canon.com