Canon EOS-1D X Mark II Preview

February 2, 2016 | Mark Goldstein | Digital Compact Cameras | Comment |

Just in time for the 2016 Olympics in Brazil, the Canon EOS-1D X Mark II DSLR camera is a brand new flagship DSLR camera. Outwardly the EOS-1D X Mark II looks very similar to its 4-year-old predecessor, but inside it boasts a lot of cutting-edge features. These include a brand new 20.2 megapixel full-frame sensor with an on-chip analog to digital convertor, 14fps continuous shooting with full auto-focus and metering and up to 170 RAW file buffer (16 fps in Live View mode) and an ISO range of 100-51,200, expandable to 50-409,600.

Also onboard the Canon EOS-1D X Mark II are three processors - Dual Digic 6+ and a dedicated Digic 6 processor just for the metering system, which is now 360K RGB/Infrared. All of that processing power means that the 1D X Mk II can record 4K video at 60fps for up to 30 minutes onto internal storage in the form of dual memory cards, slot one for CFAST 2 and slot two for standard Compact Flash cards. There's even a built-in heat-sink to ensure that the camera doesn't overheat during 4K recording, and you can pull 8.8 megapixel stills from the 4K footage right on the camera.

The Canon EOS-1D X Mark II has a 61-point auto-focusing system with 41 cross-type AF points that can be used down to -3EV of light. You can also now use all of the 61 points at f/8 with a 1.4x or 2x extender fitted for the first time. A bump on top of the camera hides the new built-in GPS system, the shutter is rated for 400,000 actuations, there's a narrower, deeper grip better suited to those with smaller hands, and a 1.6 million LCD touchscreen on the back that can be used for setting the focusing point in both stills and video.

Other highlights of the Canon EOS-1D X Mark II include a new USB 3 connection, two different kinds of sensor cleaning, in-camera remapping of hot pixels, 41 different crop modes for JPEGs, a revised Custom Quick Control menu with up to 24 settings, along with an expanded 5-screen MyMenu system, and a new WFT-E8 wireless transmitter that supports the high-speed standard 802.11ac (5 GHz band) and allows you to control the EOS-1D X Mark II remotely via the standard Canon app.

Want to see exactly what the new Canon EOS-1D X Mark II camera looks like in the flesh?

Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the Canon EOS-1D X Mark II camera.

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