Canon EOS-1D X Mark II

After a long wait, Canon has finally announced a 4K DSLR addition to their EOS line. This comes about a month after Nikon announced 2 4K DSLRs at CES: the Nikon D5 and D5000. Fortunately for Canon fans, the 1D X Mark II appears to be better suited for 4K video than either Nikon.

The complete specs are below, but the most important is clearly that the 1D X Mark II can record 4K at 60 fps for 29 minutes 59 seconds. By comparison, Nikon's direct competitor to the 1DX Mark II, the Nikon D5, can only record up to 30 fps and for just three minutes. The 1D X Mark II also records in DCI 4K (4096 x 2160p) versus the Nikon flagship's UHD 4K (3840 x 2160p), a big plus for filmmakers after that wide, cinematic aspect ratio.

Other notable features of the 1D X Mark II are ISO up to 204,800 for 4K video and 409,600 for stills, 120 fps for HD video, time code support and CFast 2.0 support. We are sad to see that the 1D X Mark II does not have an internal intervalometer.

Thankfully the sensor is unchanged at 36x24mm (full-frame).

Features we look forward to testing include the new Fine Detail picture mode, the hopefully greater impedance of the Line IN audio port and the faster, 802.11ac Wi-fI — possibly enabling 4K wireless transfer to mobile phones. Unfortunately the Wi-Fi transmitter is sold seperately.

Because the 1D X Mark II is Canon's flagship stills camera, we expect many of these features to roll out on lower-end DSLRs, including perhaps the 5D Mark IV. Video-centric shooters may twitch at the MSRP of $6,000, and for good reason. However, for the serious still shooter and financially blessed video shooters, the Canon 1D X Mark II will ship this April.

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  • Lens Mount: Canon EF
  • Camera Format: Full-Frame (1.0x Crop Factor)
  • Pixels Actual: 21.5 Megapixel
  • Effective: 20.2 Megapixel
  • Max Resolution (stills): 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 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 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°

 

  • 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

 

  • 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

 

  • Video Recording: Yes, NTSC/PAL
  • Video Format:

4K
MOV
4096 x 2160p / 59.94 fps (800 Mbps) / 50 fps (800 Mbps) / 29.97 fps (500 Mbps)
/ 25 fps (500 Mbps) / 24 fps (500 Mbps) / 23.98 fps (500 Mbps)

High Definition
MOV
1920 x 1080p / 120 fps (360 Mbps) / 100 fps (360 Mbps) / 59.94 fps (180 Mbps)
/ 50 fps (180 Mbps) / 59.94 fps (60 Mbps) / 50 fps (60 Mbps)
/ 29.97 fps (90 Mbps) / 25 fps (90 Mbps) / 24 fps (90 Mbps)
/ 23.98 fps (90 Mbps) / 29.97 fps (30 Mbps) / 25 fps (30 Mbps)
/ 24 fps (30 Mbps) / 23.98 fps (30 Mbps)

High Definition
MP4
1920 x 1080p / 59.94 fps (60 Mbps) / 50 fps (60 Mbps) / 29.97 fps (30 Mbps)
/ 25 fps (30 Mbps) / 24 fps (30 Mbps) / 23.98 fps (30 Mbps)
/ 29.97 fps (12 Mbps) / 25 fps (12 Mbps)

 

  • 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 v@ 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

 

  • 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)

 

  • Battery: 1x LP-E19 Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery Pack, 11.1 VDC, 2750 mAh

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%

  • 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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