Canon EOS 1D X Mark II Review

May 12, 2016 | Amy Davies | |
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Specifications

IMAGE SENSOR

Type

35.9 x 23.9 mm CMOS

Effective Pixels

Approx. 20.2 megapixels

Total Pixels

Approx. 21.5 megapixels

Aspect Ratio

3:2

Low-Pass Filter

Built-in/Fixed

Sensor Cleaning

EOS integrated cleaning system

Colour Filter Type

Primary Colour

IMAGE PROCESSOR

Type

Dual "DIGIC 6+"

LENS

Lens Mount

EF (excludes EF-S / EF-M lenses)

Focal Length

Equivalent to 1.0x the focal length of the lens

FOCUSING

Type

TTL-secondary image-forming phase-difference detection system with dedicated AF sensor

AF System/ Points

61 Point / max of 41 cross-type AF points inc 5 dual cross type at f/2.8
and 61 points / 21 cross-type AF points at f/8 (11)
The number of cross-type AF points will differ depending on the lens.

AF working range

EV -3 - 18 (at 23°C & ISO100)

AF Point Selection

Size (Normal, Small)

AF Modes

One Shot
AI Servo AF (AI Servo AF III+)

AF Point Selection

Automatic selection: All 61 point AF (based on EOS iTR AF setting)
Manual selection: Single point AF (selectable points 61, 15, 9 or cross type only points selectable)
Manual selection: Sngle point Spot AF
Manual selection: AF point Expansion 4 points (up, down, left, right)
Manual selection: AF point Expansion surrounding 8 points
Manual selection: Zone AF (all AF points divided into 9 focusing zones)
Manual selection: Large Zone AF (all AF points divided into 3 focusing zones)
AF points can be selected separately for vertical and horizontal shooting

Selected AF point display

Superimposed in viewfinder and shown on Quick Control screen

AF Lock

Locked when shutter button is pressed half way or AF ON is pressed in One Shot AF mode

AF Assist Beam

Emitted by an optional dedicated Speedlite

Manual Focus

Selected on lens

AF Microadjustment

Manual: Enter adjustment +/- 20 steps (wide and tele setting for zoom lenses)
Adjust all lenses by same amount
Adjust up to 40 lenses individually
Adjustments remembered for lens by serial number

EXPOSURE CONTROL

Metering modes

Approx. 360,000-pixel RGB+IR metering sensor, 216-zone metering. EOS Intelligent Subject Analysis system
(1) Evaluative metering (linked to All AF point)
(2) Partial metering (approx. 6.2% of viewfinder at centre)
(3) Spot metering:
Center spot metering (approx. 1.5% viewfinder at centre)
AF point-linked spot metering
Multi-spot metering
(4) Centre weighted average metering

Metering Brightness Range

EV 0 - 20 (at 23°C, ISO100, with evaluative metering)

AE Lock

Auto: In the One-Shot AF mode with evaluative metering, AE lock takes effect when focus is achieved
Manual: By AE lock button in P, Av, Tv and M modes

Exposure Compensation

+/-5 EV in 1/3 or 1/2 stop increments (can be combined with AEB).

AEB

+/-3 EV in 1/3 or 1/2 stop increments

Anti-flicker shooting

Yes. Flicker detected at a frequency of 100 Hz or 120 Hz. Maximum continuous shooting speed may decrease

ISO Sensitivity (8)

Auto 100-51200 (in 1/3-stop or whole stop increments)
ISO can be expanded to L:50, H1: 102400, H2: 204800, H3: 409600

SHUTTER

Type

Electronically-controlled focal-plane shutter

Speed

30-1/8000 sec (1/2 or 1/3 stop increments), Bulb (Total shutter speed range. Available range varies by shooting mode)

Shutter Release

Soft touch electromagnetic release

WHITE BALANCE

Type

Auto white balance with the imaging sensor

Settings

AWB (Ambeince priority/White priority), Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten light, White Fluorescent light, Flash, Custom, Colour Temperature Setting
White balance compensation:
1. Blue/Amber +/-9
2. Magenta/ Green +/-9

Custom White Balance

Yes, 5 setting can be registered

WB Bracketing

'+/-3 levels in single level increments
3, 2, 5 or 7 bracketed images per shutter release
Selectable Blue/Amber bias or Magenta/ Green bias

VIEWFINDER

Type

Pentaprism

Coverage (Vertical/Horizontal)

Approx. 100%

Magnification

Approx. .76x(4)

Eyepoint

Approx. 20mm (from eyepiece lens centre)

Dioptre Correction

-3 to +1 m-1 (dioptre)

Focusing Screen

Interchangeable. Standard Focusing Screen Ec-C6 provided. Can be changed to Ec-A, B or L

Mirror

Quick-return half mirror

Viewfinder Information

AF information: Single/Spot AF points, AF Frame, AF status, Focus indicator, AF mode, AF point selection, AF point registration
Exposure information: Shutter speed, aperture value, ISO speed (always displayed), AE lock, exposure level/compensation, flash metering, spot metering circle, exposure warning, AEB, metering mode, shooting mode
Flash information: Flash ready, high-speed sync, FE lock, flash exposure compensation, red-eye reduction light.
Image information: Card information, maximum burst (2 digit display), Highlight tone priority (D+).
Composition information: Grid, Electronic level
Other information: Battery check, Warning symbol, Flicker Detection, drive mode, white balance, JPEG/RAW indicator

Depth of field preview

Yes, with Depth of Field preview button

Eyepiece shutter

Built-in

LCD MONITOR

Type

8.11cm (3.2") Clear View LCD II, approx. 1620K dots

Coverage

Approx. 100%

Viewing Angle (horizontally/vertically)

Approx 170° vertically and horizontally

Coating

Anti-reflection and Anti-smudge. Reinforced glass incorporated

Brightness Adjustment

Manual: Adjustable to one of seven levels

Touch-screen operations

Capacitive method. During Live View shooting and Movie shooting for AF Point Selection / Switching and for Magnified View. Touch-screen can be disabled

Display Options

(1) Quick Control Screen
(2) Camera settings
(3) Dual Axis Electronic Level
(4) Custom Quick Control Screen

FLASH

Modes

E-TTL II Auto Flash, Metered Manual

X-sync

1/250sec

Flash Exposure Compensation

+/- 3EV in 1/3 increments with EX series Speedlites

Flash Exposure Bracketing

Yes, with compatible External Flash

Flash Exposure Lock

Yes

Flash Exposure Lock

Yes

Second Curtain Synchronisation

Yes

HotShoe/ PC terminal

Yes/ Yes

External Flash Compatibility

E-TTL II with EX series Speedlites, wireless multi-flash support

External Flash Control

via camera menu screen

SHOOTING

Modes

Program AE , Shutter priority AE, Aperture priority AE, Manual (Stills and Movie), Bulb, Custom (x3)

Picture Styles

Auto, Standard, Portrait, Landscape, Fine Detail, Neutral, Faithful, Monochrome, User Defined (x3)

Colour Space

sRGB and Adobe RGB

Image Processing

Highlight Tone Priority
Auto Lighting Optimizer (4 settings)
Long exposure noise reduction
High ISO speed noise reduction (4 settings)
Lens optical correction (Not possible with M-RAW and S-RAW):
- Peripheral illumination correction
- Chromatic aberration correction
- Distortion correction (during or after still photo shooting)
- Diffraction correction (during or after still photo shooting)
- Digital Lens Optimizer (after still photo shooting)
Resize to M1, M2 or S (frame grab images from 4K movies and images shot in S quality cannot be resized)
Cropping: JPEG images can be cropped (Aspect ratio is fixed - 3:2 or 2:3)
- 41 cropping sizes selectable, from 13% to 95% (diagonal)
- Switch between vertical and horizontal cropping orientation
- Cropping frame can be moved using touch screen operation
RAW image processing - during image Playback only
Multiple exposure

Drive modes

Single, Continuous High, Continuous Low, Silent single, Silent Continous High, Silent Continuous Low, Self timer (2s+remote, 10s+remote)

Continuous Shooting

Max. Approx. 14fps. with full AF / AE tracking, speed maintained for up to unlimited number of JPEGs or 170 RAW images, with CFast 2.0™ card (1) (2) (10)
Max. 16fps in Live View mode with mirror locked up and exposure and AF locked on first frame

LIVE VIEW MODE

Type

Electronic viewfinder with image sensor

Coverage

Approx. 100% (horizontally and vertically)

Frame Rate

29.97 fps

Focusing

Manual Focus (Magnify the image 5x or 10x at any point on screen)
Autofocus: Dual Pixel CMOS AF (Face Detection and Tracking AF, FlexiZone - Single), available with all EF lenses

Metering

Real-time evaluative metering with image sensor (315-zone)
Partial metering (approx. 6.5% of Live View screen)
Spot metering (approx. 2.8% of Live View screen)
Center-weighted average metering
Active metering timer can be changed

Display Options

3 levels available through INFO. button: No information, Basic shooting information, Histogram
Multiple Exposure status also avaible in Multiple Exposure mode

FILE TYPE - STILLS

Still Image Type

JPEG: 10 compression options
RAW: RAW, M-RAW, S-RAW (14bit, Canon original RAW 2nd edition)
Complies with Exif 2.30 and Design rule for Camera File system 2.0
Complies with Digital Print Order Format [DPOF] Version 1.1

RAW+JPEG simultaneous recording

Yes, any combination of RAW + JPEG possible, separate formats to separate cards possible

Image Size

JPEG: (L) 5472x3648, (M1) 4368x2912, (M2) 3648x2432, (S) 2736x1824
RAW: (RAW) 5472x3648, (M-RAW) 4104x2736, (S-RAW) 2736x1824

Folders

New folders can be manually created and selected

RAW+JPEG simultaneous recording

Yes, any combination of RAW + JPEG possible, separate formats to separate cards possible

File Numbering

(1) Consecutive numbering
(2) Auto reset
(3) Manual reset

EOS Movie

Movie Type

MOV Video: 4K - Motion JPEG (internal recording only), Full HD - MPEG4 AVC / H.264 variable (average) bit rate, Audio: Linear PCM
MP4 Video: Full HD - MPEG4 AVC/H.264, Audio: AAC

Movie Size

4K (17:9) - 4096 x 2160
Full HD (16:9) - 1920 x 1080

Frame Rate

119.9p/59.94p/29.97p/24.00p/23.98p (with NTSC)
100.0p/50.00p/25.00p/24.00p (with PAL)
119.9p/100.0p in Full HD quality High Frame Rate movie only

Colour Sampling (Internal recording)

4K - YCbCr4:2:2 (8 bit)
Full HD - YCbCr4:2:0 (8 bit)

Movie Length

Max duration 29min 59sec. (excluding High Frame Rate movies). No 4GB file limit with exFAT CF or CFast card

High Frame Rate Movie

MOV Video: Full HD - 1920 x 1080 at 100fps or 119.9fps
Recorded as 1/4-speed slow motion movie
Single scene maximum recording up to 7min 29sec.

Movie Size

4K (17:9) - 4096 x 2160
Full HD (16:9) - 1920 x 1080

4K Frame Grab

8.8 megapixel JPEG still image frame grab from 4K movie possible

Bitrate / Mbps

MOV:
4K (59.94p/50.00p): Approx. 800 Mbps
4K (29.97p/25.00p/24.00p/23.98p): Approx. 500 Mbps
Full HD (119.9p/100.0p)/ALL-I: Approx. 360 Mbps
Full HD (59.94p/50.00p)/ALL-I: Approx. 180 Mbps
Full HD (59.94p/50.00p)/IPB Approx. 60 Mbps
Full HD (29.97p/25.00p/24.00p/23.98p)/ALL-I: Approx. 90 Mbps
Full HD (29.97p/25.00p/24.00p/23.98p)/IPB (Standard): Approx. 30 Mbps
MP4:
Full HD (59.94p/50.00p)/IPB (Standard): Approx. 60 Mbps
Full HD (29.97p/25.00p/24.00p/23.98p)/IPB (Standard): Approx. 30 Mbps
Full HD (29.97p/25.00p)/IPB (Light): Approx. 12 Mbps

Microphone

Built-in monaural microphone (48Khz, 16 bit x 2 ch)

Movie Size

4K (17:9) - 4096 x 2160
Full HD (16:9) - 1920 x 1080

HDMI Display

External monitor only, External Monitor only without information display or Simultaneous on camera and external monitor

HDMI Output

Full HD recording only, uncompressed YCbCr 4:2:2, 8-bit, sound output via HDMI is also possible

Focusing

Dual Pixel CMOS AF with Face Detection and Tracking AF, Movie Servo AF
Manual Focus

ISO

4K - Auto: 100-12800, H: 25600, H1: 51200, H2: 102400, H3: 204800
Full HD - Auto: 100-25600, H: 51200, H1: 102400, H2: 204800

BUILT-IN GPS

Geotag Information

Longitude, Latitude, Elevation, Coordinated Universal Time

Positioning Modes

Mode 1: Camera continues to receive GPS signals at regular intervals when power is switched off
Mode 2: GPS is switched off when power is switched off

Position Update Timing

Intervals of 1 sec., 5 sec., 10 sec., 15 sec., 30 sec., 1 min., 2 min. or 5 min.

Position Accuracy

Within approx. 30 m/98.4 ft (Based on good GPS satellite reception conditions on a clear day with no surrounding obstructions)

Compatible Satellite Navigation Systems

• GPS satellites (USA)
• GLONASS satellites (Russia)
• Quasi-Zenith Satellite Michibiki (Japan)

Log Files Format

NMEA Format. One log file per day based

Playback zoom

Approx. 2x – 10x

Self Timer

Image tagging feature

Log File Usage

Transfer log data to memory card and copy it to a computer
Use Map Utility to append the log file to the images

Digital Compass

Not provided

OTHER FEATURES

Custom Functions

34 Custom Functions with 104 settings

Metadata Tag

User copyright information (can be set in camera)
Image rating (0-5 stars)
Image transfer with caption (Caption registered with EOS Utility)

Water/ Dust resistance

Yes

Voice Memo

Up to 30sec per image - 48Khz/16 Bit or 8Khz/8 Bit/p>

Intelligent Orientation Sensor

Yes

Playback zoom

1.5x - 10x

Display Formats

(1) Single image
(2) Single image with information (2 levels - Basic and Detailed)
Lens information and RGB histogram
White balance
Picture Style
Color space and noise reduction
Lens optical correction
GPS information
(3) 4 image index
(4) 9 image index
(5) 36 image index
(6) 100image index
(7) Jump Display (1, 10 or 100 images, Date, Folder, Movies, Stills, Protected images, Rating)
(8) Movie edit
(9) RAW processing
(10) Rating

Slide Show

Image selection: All images, by Date, by Folder, Movies, Stills, Protected images, Rating
Playback time: 1/2/3/5/10 or 20 seconds
Repeat: On/Off

Histogram

Brightness: Yes
RGB: Yes

Highlight Alert

Yes

Image Erase

Single image, Selected images, Folder, Card

Image Erase Protection

Erase protection of Single image, Folder or Card

Self Timer

2 or 10 sec.

Menu Categories

(1) Shooting menu 1 - 6
(2) AF Menu 1 - 5
(3) Playback menu 1 - 3
(4) Setup menu 1 - 4
(5) Custom Functions menu 1 - 8
(6) My Menu (1 - 5 user selectable)

Menu Languages

25 Languages
English, German, French, Dutch, Danish, Portuguese, Finnish, Italian, Norwegian, Swedish, Spanish, Greek, Russian, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Romanian, Ukrainian, Turkish, Arabic, Thai, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Korean and Japanese

Firmware Update

Update possible by the user (Camera, Lens, WFT, External Speedlite)

INTERFACE

Computer

SuperSpeed USB 3.0

Other

HDMI mini out (Type C, HDMI-CEC compatible), System Extension Terminal (for WFT-E8 and WFT-E6), External Microphone In / Line In (Stereo mini jack), Headphone socket (Stereo mini jack), RJ-45 (gigabit ethernet), N3-type terminal (remote control terminal

DIRECT PRINT

Canon Printers

Canon Compact Photo Printers and PIXMA Printers

PictBridge

Yes

STORAGE

Type

1x CompactFlash Type I (UDMA 7 compatible) (Incompatible with Type II and Microdrive)
1x CFast 2.0™

SUPPORTED OPERATING SYSTEM

PC & Macintosh

Windows 7 (excl. Starter Edition) Windows 8 and Windows 10
OS X v10.7-10.11

SOFTWARE

Image Processing

Digital Photo Professional 4 (RAW Image Processing)

Other

EOS Utility 3 (inc. Remote Capture ), Picture Style Editor

POWER SOURCE

Batteries

Rechargeable Li-ion Battery LP-E19 (supplied) / LP-E4N / LP-E4

Battery life

Approx. 1210 shots (at 23°C) (5)
Approx. 1020 (at 0°C)

Battery Indicator

6 levels + percentage

Power saving

Power turns off after 1, 2, 4, 8, 15 or 30mins

Power Supply & Battery Chargers

Battery charger LC-E19 (supplied), AC Adapter AC-E19, DC Coupler DC-E19, AC Adapter kit ACK-E4

PHYSICAL SPECIFICATIONS

Body Materials

Magnesium Alloy body covers

Operating Environment

0 – 45 °C, 85% or less humidity

Dimensions (WxHxD)

158 x 167.6 x 82.6mm

Weight (body only)

Approx. 1340 g

ACCESSORIES

Viewfinder

Eyecup Eg, Eg-series Dioptric Adjustment Lens with Rubber Frame Eg, Anti Fog Eyepiece Eg, Angle Finder C

Wireless File Transmitter

Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E8
Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E6

Lenses

All EF lenses (excluding EF-S / EF-M lenses)

Flash

Canon Speedlites (90EX, 220EX, 270EX, 270EX II, 320EX, 380EX, 420EX, 430EX, 430EX II, 430EX III 550EX, 580EX, 580EX II, 600EX, 600EX-RT, Macro-Ring-Lite MR-14EX, Macro Ring Lite MR-14EX II, Macro Twin Lite MT-24EX, Speedlite Transmitter ST-E2, Speedlite Transmitter ST-E3-RT)

Remote Controller/ Switch

Remote control with N3 type contact, Wireless Controller LC-5 and Speedlite 600EX-RT

Other

Hand Strap E2, Connect Station CS100