Canon EOS-1D X Mk II Camera Review: Not just for the original 1D X, but also for EOS-1D C pro video camera the Canon EOS-1D X Mk is a replacement. While in some of the areas the Mk II seems like the modest upgrade of the tech in the 1D X while in others it breaks entirely new ground.
Canon EOS-1D X Mk II Camera Review
The big news is that the stories are the amazing shooting mode of Mk II’s and it’s improved autofocus system and the 4K video capability. This camera is designed to give the photographers a competitive edge with the ultimate combination of the resolution, image quality and speed.
The EOS 1D Mk II has the brand new sensor, but in resolution over the original 1D X’s offers only a modest increase, from 18.1 million effective pixels to the 20.2 million. In the comparison to the 50 million pixels of the Canon’s 5DS R and 5DS they may seem very low, but the 1D X Mk II is all about the low light shooting and speed that’s why it is designed to be a workhorse for the new photographers and professional sport.
Having some fewer pixels on the same size sensor means that each photoreceptor is larger and therefore it is able to capture more light. As the result the image signal will require less amplification than it would have with a highly populated sensor and so the images have less noise.
Canon this time has also integrated the A/D converter circuitry sensor. Nevertheless, Canon has tried to kept 1D Mk II’s standard sensitivity range the same as the 1D X’s at ISO100-51,200, the 1D X tops out at ISO204,800 and the expansion settings take it to ISO50-409,600.
While by most camera’s standards the maximum setting is high, and it’s 3 stops that are lower than the ISO3,276,800 that is possible on the D5.
The use of the two Digic 6+ processors helps to keep the noise levels down by enabling the 1D Mk II to apply the complex noise-reduction algorithms.
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On the other hand, the 1D X OO can shoot up to 14 frames per second with the full exposure metering and the autofocus operation. If the mirror is locked up, the Nikon D5 can only match that rate and the rules out focusing and the metering mid-sequence, as well as seeing the subject in viewfinder.
Canon has given the 1D X Mk II a refined mirror system to help enable the fast shooting modes that will use the cams instead of the springs. Over the moment of mechanical parts at the high speed this will give much more control and it will help to control mirror noise and vibration.
A larger buffer will be needed if you are shooting at 14 or 16fps. Where in a single burst the EOS-1D X could shoot 180 JPEGs or 38 raw files, the Mk II is able to record the unlimited number of JPEGs and up to 170 raw files.
The continuous shooting speed and the buffer depth relies on the latest CFast 2.0 memory cards. The EOS 1D X II has one regular CompactFlash and CFast memory card slot. To take full advantage of the burst rate you will also need a healthy battery.
This time Canon has made a lots of changes under the hood, with a new AI Servo AF III+ system and an expanded AF area, that will improve the tracking sensitivity for subjects that moves erratically.
To enable faster focusing in video mode and live view the 1 D X Mk II has a phase detection autofocus points on the sensor. It also introduces another major new feature i.e. 4K video and it also added a headphone socket.
In response to the user feedback, Canon has a fine-tuned proven handling and controls and in continuous shooting performance it delivered a big gain. With its standard sensitivity setting it also pushes the Nikon D5 all the way for the image quality.
- 4K recording at 60fps
- Brilliant autofocus system
- Excellent control layout and handling
- Limited use of the touchscreen technology
- Only a small increase in resolution over the 1D X
- Video mode needs a dedicated Quick menu