After much anticipation, and a healthy spoonful of rumors, Canon has officially unveiled its latest flagship camera, the EOS–1D X Mark II.
As initially rumored specs alluded to, it appears the 1D X Mark II will be an impressive update, but in no way groundbreaking.
Inside the updated pro-body camera is a new 20.2 Megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor powered by Dual DIGIC 6+ Image Processors. With an an ISO range of 100–51200 (expansion to ISO 409,600), the 1D X Mark II is capable of firing off 14 frames per second (fps) (16 when in Live View mode).
For storing all of those images, Canon has included a CFastr 2.0 card slot, as well as a UDMA 7 compatible CF card slot. The former allows you to capture up to 170 RAW files in continuous shooting mode. For removing the images off the camera, Canon has updated it’s I/O to include USB 3.0.
Autofocus has also improved with a new 61-point High Density Reticular AF II system with 41 cross-type points that covers roughly 24% more frame area. Subject tracking is said to be improved for both stills and video thanks to Canon’s new EOS Intelligent Tracking and Recognition AF with 360,000-pixel metering sensor.
Speaking of video, the 1D X Mark II features 4K video up to 60 fps and slo-motion 120 fps when shooting in 1080p. It is captured using the M-JPEG codec, which allows for easy 8.8-megapixel screen grabs.
On the back of the camera is a 3.2-inch touch panel LCD with 1.62 million dots, the first time a touchscreen has been included in Canon’s 1-series camera.
Like many other Canon cameras before it, the 1D X Mark II is build around a tough magnesium alloy body and features dust- and weather-resistance for more intense shooting situations.
The 1D X Mark II is set to go on sale in April for $5999 (body only), or packaged with a 64GB CFast card and reader for $6299.
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