Canon officially unveils the 1D X Mark II, complete with revamped AF system and 4K video

Feb 2, 2016

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Gannon Burgett is a communications professional with over a decade of experience in content strategy, editing, marketing, multimedia content creation. He’s photographed and written content seen across hundreds of millions of pageviews. In addition to his communications work for various entities and publications, Gannon also runs his multimedia marketing agency, Ekleptik Media, where he brings his expertise as a full-stack creator to help develop and execute data-driven content strategies. His writing, photos, and videos have appeared in USA Today, Car and Driver, Road & Track, Autoweek, Popular Mechanics, TechCrunch, Gizmodo, Digital Trends, DPReview, PetaPixel, Imaging Resource, Lifewire, Yahoo News, Detroit Free Press, Lansing State Journal, and more.

Canon officially unveils the 1D X Mark II, complete with revamped AF system and 4K video

Feb 2, 2016

Gannon Burgett

Gannon Burgett is a communications professional with over a decade of experience in content strategy, editing, marketing, multimedia content creation. He’s photographed and written content seen across hundreds of millions of pageviews. In addition to his communications work for various entities and publications, Gannon also runs his multimedia marketing agency, Ekleptik Media, where he brings his expertise as a full-stack creator to help develop and execute data-driven content strategies. His writing, photos, and videos have appeared in USA Today, Car and Driver, Road & Track, Autoweek, Popular Mechanics, TechCrunch, Gizmodo, Digital Trends, DPReview, PetaPixel, Imaging Resource, Lifewire, Yahoo News, Detroit Free Press, Lansing State Journal, and more.

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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.

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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).

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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.

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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.

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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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Gannon Burgett

Gannon Burgett

Gannon Burgett is a communications professional with over a decade of experience in content strategy, editing, marketing, multimedia content creation. He’s photographed and written content seen across hundreds of millions of pageviews. In addition to his communications work for various entities and publications, Gannon also runs his multimedia marketing agency, Ekleptik Media, where he brings his expertise as a full-stack creator to help develop and execute data-driven content strategies. His writing, photos, and videos have appeared in USA Today, Car and Driver, Road & Track, Autoweek, Popular Mechanics, TechCrunch, Gizmodo, Digital Trends, DPReview, PetaPixel, Imaging Resource, Lifewire, Yahoo News, Detroit Free Press, Lansing State Journal, and more.

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