Canon EOS 1D X Mark II Review

May 12, 2016 | Amy Davies | Rating star Rating star Rating star Rating star Half rating star


The EOS 1DX Mark II is Canon’s latest top-of-the-line full-frame professional-level DSLR. It features a 20.2 million pixel sensor, which is an upgrade from the 18 million pixel sensor that the 1DX had.

Canon says that the 1DX Mark II is not just a replacement for the 1DX, but also for the 1DC, the company’s high-end video-centric camera. As such, one of the big new features of the 1DX II is the ability to record 4K video at 4096 x 2160 pixels, for 29 minutes and 59 seconds.

The other major improvement, which should be of interest to sports photographers is that the Canon EOS 1D X Mark II is compatible with CFast memory cards (as well as CF cards). This facilitates a frame rate shooting speed of 14fps, or 16fps in Live View. Furthermore, the buffer can hold 170 frames before it starts to slow down. To put that into a little more context, that means that you can shoot for 10-12 seconds at a time in raw format - more than enough to cover the entirety of the 100 metre final at this year’s Olympics. Previously, this kind of buffer depth was only available when shooting in JPEG - the number of JPEGs you can shoot is limited only by the size of your memory card.

Elsewhere, other improvements have been a little more incremental. The camera still has 61 autofocus points, but it now uses Ai Servo III to help when using tracking focus. The native sensitivity remains the same, but the expansion setting is now one-stop greater and can go all the way to ISO 409,600.

Exposure should also be improved by the addition of a new 360,000 pixel RGB+ IR sensor with 216 metering zooms. This is also the first time that Canon has incorporated a dual-pixel CMOS sensor into one of its full-frame models - that helps with autofocusing when using Live View and video.

The Canon EOS 1D X Mark II has a touchscreen, again the first full-frame Canon model to do so, but it can only be used to set autofocus point when in live view or video mode.

The Canon EOS 1D X Mark II retails for £5199 / $5999 body only.

Ease of Use

Probably the main customer for a camera like this is going to be a professional photographer who already owns a 1DX and wants to upgrade to the latest model. For that reason, Canon hasn’t altered the EOS 1D X Mark II body too much, upgrading a few key ergonomics but keeping the overall feeling very very similar. One such improvement is that the joysticks have slightly increased in size, which makes them easier to find and manoeuvre in certain conditions, such as when wearing gloves.

The Canon EOS 1D X Mark II is very large and heavy, so if you’re coming from one of the other full-frame cameras in Canon’s line-up, such as the 5D Mark III, it may take some time to get used to the bump in size and weight. However, the benefit of this design is that you get dual controls for using the camera in both portrait and landscape format. This means that there are two shutter release buttons, as well as duplicates for the AF-on button, AE-Lock button, control dial and AF button. There’s also two joy sticks which are placed in corresponding places so you can quickly switch between using either shutter release button.

The build quality of the Canon EOS 1D X Mark II is also extremely high and the 1DX II is weatherproof - good news for news photographers who may find themselves shooting in the rain. The camera features a chunky hand grip which is moulded to fit your fingers comfortably. The camera also has a textured coating to add to the high quality feel. 

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Front of the Canon EOS 1D X Mark II

To change AF point, you need to use the joysticks. First you need to press the AF selection point button. When you press this button, you can also use the dial near the shutter release button to select a different selection mode. You can choose between Spot AF, one-point AF, Expand AF area, Expand AF area surround, Zone AF, Large Zone AF and Auto Selection AF. As there are 61 points to choose from, it can take a while to move from one side of the frame to the other - if you prefer, you can set the in main menu a restriction to only be able to choose from only cross-type AF points (41), 15 or 9 points.

If you are shooting in Live View, you can use the touch sensitive screen of the 1DX to set the AF point, simply by tapping the area you need. This is very similar in operation to the Nikon D5, but strangely, you can’t use the touch sensitivity to carry out other operations. Most frustratingly, you can’t use it when playing back images, where it would be useful for checking critical focus quickly, or flicking between images - this is something you can do with the Nikon D5.

Canon has improved the performance of tracking focus when compared with the original 1DX, helping to track quicker moving subjects than the previous model. If you have a 1DX you may not think it’s worth the upgrade if you are predominantly shooting static subjects, but if you are a sports photographer who shoots quick action sports, or perhaps a wildlife photographer who shoots more erratic subjects, you may be more convinced. The big improvement comes from the increase in the buffer size though - shooting continuously for so long in raw format simply wasn’t possible before. Many news photographers who shoot JPEG only may not be bothered by this increase, but for those who like to shoot in raw, it’s a key improvement.

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Rear of the Canon EOS 1D X Mark II

These buffer speeds are facilitated by the CFast card compatibility, with one of the two card slots accepting these cards. We were able to test the Canon EOS 1D X Mark II with a CFast card and it’s very, very quick to record and transfer data across. The other card slot accepts standard CF cards, which is good news for those who already have a huge stack of cards. The only problem here is that both the slots, and the cards, are identically sized and shaped, but you have to make sure you get the right card in the right slot, or it won’t work. This could be a little problematic for photographers in the field who are quickly changing cards.

Now to talk about some of the other various buttons on the Canon EOS 1D X Mark II. As you might expect from a camera at this level, there’s a huge amount to choose from. On the top of the camera you’ll find direct access buttons for ISO, white balance, exposure compensation, exposure mode, drive and metering. You use these in conjunction with either the scrolling dial near the shutter release, or the scrolling wheel on the back of the camera. Or sometimes both. Of course if you are already using a 1DX, then you will be at home with the layout - and if you are using something like a 5D Mark III you should recognise most of the buttons and symbols and be able to make the transition fairly quickly and easily.

Some of the 1DX Mark II’s buttons can be customised to a different shooting preference if you prefer. This includes some buttons on the front of the camera just next to the lens mount. Opening the Custom Controls in the main menu will show you on screen which buttons you are changing and give you the different options available - this allows you to set up the camera in the exact way that you like to use it. You can also customise the “Quick” menu - which is accessed by pressing a Q. You can add or remove settings depending on your preference, giving you swift access to the settings you need or want to change on a regular basis.

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Top of the Canon EOS 1D X Mark II

To move into the Canon EOS 1D X Mark II’s video recording mode, you need to push the switch near the viewfinder across to video recording. To change the recording quality, you can press the Q button and switch between the 4K options and the full HD options. It’s worth noting that if you’re shooting in 4K you will be limited to ISO 12800. Unlike the Nikon D5, you can shoot for a full 29 minutes and 59 seconds when using the Canon 1DX Mark II. This is down to a heat pipe which draws heat away from the camera’s sensor and facilitates such long recording times. You also of course have full manual control. That’s not to say that the video options here are perfect - it’s not possible to record 4K when outputting via the HDMI cable, so professional videographers may still be put off.

If you record something in 4K, it’s possible to extract stills from the resulting video in camera. Playback the video and you’ll see an option called “Frame Grab”. This will allow you to save a 8.8 million pixel JPEG image from the video you have recorded. This has some useful applications for high frame rate recording of fast moving or unpredictable subjects - if you only need a relatively small (but still printable at A3) image, then it may be preferable to shoot in 4K and extract an image than to use traditional stills shooting.

The Canon EOS 1D X Mark II uses an optical viewfinder, the Intelligent Viewfinder II which is also found in the 7D Mark II. It offers 100% frame coverage. It is large, bright and clear and gives an excellent view of the scene - glasses wearers should also find that this is a good viewfinder. AF points are superimposed on the viewfinder display, and you will also see at the bottom of the display some key settings including ISO, shutter speed and aperture.

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The Canon EOS 1D X Mark II In-hand

Just like the Nikon D5, there’s no in-built Wi-Fi for the 1DX Mark II. This continues to be a disappointment for photographers who would find this incredibly useful, such as sports and news photographers who need to file images from the field. You can buy an optional wireless transmitter, and it has been suggested in the past that the construction of high-end cameras such as this prevents an inbuilt Wi-Fi chip from working. That said, having to fork out an extra few hundred pounds for an add-on is worth thinking about for anybody is thinking of buying one of these cameras. Hopefully engineers will think of a solution to this problem in the not too distant future. On the plus side, the USB socket as been upgraded to SuperSpeed USB 3.0, so you can transfer images across to a computer or hard drive at much quicker speeds.

Canon has placed a new battery inside the EOS 1DX II, which gives it a modest upgrade in life from 1120 to 1210 shots. That’s a great battery life for enthusiast photographers, but if you’re a professional, it’s a little less impressive. The good news is that although the battery is new, it is compatible with the battery in the 1DX, which is helpful if you are upgrading and already have a set of spare batteries - but with a caveat, you won’t be able to use the top 14/16fps frame rate with one of the older batteries. If the battery life dips below 50% on a new type battery, you also won’t be able to access the full buffer. It’s also worth remembering that the D5 uses a battery which offers 3,780 shots per charge - in short, you’re probably going to need a spare battery if you’re shooting a wedding, or news and sports event.

Autofocusing is very swift in a wide range of different conditions, including lower light. It doesn’t seem to matter which lens is attached to it, but if you are using professional “L” lenses then you should find that focusing is near instant in good light, taking a touch longer in low light conditions. The sensitivity has been increased to -3EV, compared with the -2EV of the 1DX, which makes it more responsive in darker conditions. Further good news is that all 61 of the Canon EOS 1D X Mark II's AF points can focus at f/8, which is useful for wildlife photographers who are using long lenses and/or extenders - the 1DX only had this capability at its central points and the few points surrounding it. A false confirmation of focus is incredibly rare. Shot to shot times are super quick, thanks to the improved buffer, while start-up time is near instant and there’s virtually no shutter lag.

Image Quality

All of the sample images in this review were taken using the 20 megapixel Fine JPEG setting, which gives an average image size of around 8Mb.

Images directly from the Canon EOS 1D X Mark II are excellent, no less than we’d expect from a camera at this level. Colours are beautifully saturated with vibrant warm colours, which retain a good amount of accuracy.

When it comes to low light shooting, the Canon EOS 1D X Mark II doesn’t have the same impressive on-paper stats as the Nikon D5. The 1DX II shoots up to a maximum expanded setting of ISO 409,600, which is impressive, but seems less so against Nikon’s maximum expanded setting of over 3 million. But, then again, you have to question how much those ridiculously high speeds will actually be used.

With the Canon EOS 1D X Mark II, images remain impressively noise-free in JPEG images up to around ISO 25,600. There is a little image smoothing to see in some areas of the image if you examine closely at 100%, but at printing and display sizes of A4 or below, the performance is very good. Even at ISO 51,200, have a great impression of detail at A4 sizes or below. Images from 102,400 - 409,600 get progressively worse as you go up the scale, but again, are usable at smaller printing size if getting the image is more important than it being high quality (for example if you are a news photographer).

Comparing the equivalent raw files it’s possible to see that there’s a fair amount of image smoothing going on because of noise reduction, so if you need to bring back some missing detail from high ISO shots, you can do that easily in Photoshop or similar programs.

Automatic white balance copes well with a range of mixed lighting conditions, including artificial lighting. It errs incredibly marginally slightly towards warmer tones with artificial lights, so you may find you need to switch to a more appropriate white balance setting if you want ultimate accuracy - or of course you can alter it in post production if you’ve been shooting in raw format.


There are 9 ISO settings available on the Canon EOS 1D X Mark II which you can select at any time. Here are some 100% crops which show the noise levels for each ISO setting, with the JPEG version on the left and the RAW on the right:



ISO 50 (100% Crop)

ISO 50 (100% Crop)

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ISO 100 (100% Crop)

ISO 100 (100% Crop)

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ISO 200 (100% Crop)

ISO 200 (100% Crop)

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ISO 400 (100% Crop)

ISO 400 (100% Crop)

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ISO 800 (100% Crop)

ISO 800 (100% Crop)

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ISO 1600 (100% Crop)

ISO 1600 (100% Crop)

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ISO 3200 (100% Crop)

ISO 3200 (100% Crop)

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ISO 6400 (100% Crop)

ISO 6400 (100% Crop)

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ISO 12800 (100% Crop)

ISO 12800 (100% Crop)

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ISO 25600 (100% Crop)

ISO 25600 (100% Crop)

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ISO 51200 (100% Crop)

ISO 51200 (100% Crop)

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ISO 102400 (100% Crop)

ISO 102400 (100% Crop)

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ISO 204800 (100% Crop)

ISO 204800 (100% Crop)

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ISO 409600 (100% Crop)

ISO 409600 (100% Crop)

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Sample Images

This is a selection of sample images from the Canon EOS 1D X Mark II camera, which were all taken using the 20 megapixel Fine JPEG setting. The thumbnails below link to the full-sized versions, which have not been altered in any way.

Sample RAW Images

The Canon EOS 1D X Mark II enables users to capture RAW and JPEG format files. We've provided some Canon RAW (CR2) samples for you to download (thumbnail images shown below are not 100% representative).

Sample Movies & Video

This is a sample movie at the highest quality setting of 4096x2160 pixels at 50 frames per second. Please note that this 60 second movie is 1.62Gb in size.

This is a sample movie at the quality setting of 1920x1080 pixels at 50 frames per second. Please note that this 16 second movie is 353Mb in size.

Product Images

Canon EOS 1D X Mark II

Front of the Canon EOS 1D X Mark II

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Side of the Canon EOS 1D X Mark II

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Side of the Canon EOS 1D X Mark II

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Rear of the Canon EOS 1D X Mark II

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Rear of the Canon EOS 1D X Mark II / Image Displayed

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Rear of the Canon EOS 1D X Mark II / Main Menu

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Rear of the Canon EOS 1D X Mark II / Quick Menu

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Top of the Canon EOS 1D X Mark II

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Bottom of the Canon EOS 1D X Mark II

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Side of the Canon EOS 1D X Mark II

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Side of the Canon EOS 1D X Mark II

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Front of the Canon EOS 1D X Mark II

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Front of the Canon EOS 1D X Mark II

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Memory Card Slot

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Battery Compartment


The Canon EOS 1D X Mark II is more of an incremental upgrade than the difference between the Nikon D4S and the Nikon D5, however it is still a very tempting proposition for professional photographers.

It may depend on what kind of photography you shoot if you think it’s worthy of an upgrade, however. Because there are improvements to low light performance, low light autofocusing, buffer depth and tracking focus, those who shoot news and fast-moving action - such as sports photographers - may be excited to upgrade. Wildlife photographers who use long telephoto lenses and telephoto converters may also consider the upgrade to get f/8 sensitivity across all of the focus points.

However, if you shoot portraits, weddings, or work predominantly in a studio, you may be less tempted by the upgrade to the Canon EOS 1D X Mark II. If on the other hand you’re coming from something like the 5D Mark III, you may find that there’s plenty here to tempt you to make the leap, and if you’re coming from something even older, such as the 5D Mark II, you’ll probably find the image quality phenomenal.

Overall, the EOS 1DX Mark II is extremely good and there’s lots to like. However, it’s not perfect and there’s a few small problems which add up to enough doubt to give the camera less than full marks. First of all, having a touchscreen is useful - but in this case it’s use is limited to setting autofocus point - why the decision was made to remove the ability to zoom to check focus in play back images, or swipe through images, isn’t known, but it seems like an odd choice.

Secondly, there’s battery life. While 1,200 shots is great for a single chart - it’s not that many photos in the day in the life of the average news, wedding or sports photographer. Therefore you’re going to have to buy a second battery if you want confidence that the battery is going to last you. The Nikon D5’s battery life is so much better, it makes you wonder why the rival company has access to much better battery technology.

Then there’s the fact that Wi-Fi technology isn’t built in to the Canon EOS 1D X Mark II. While that’s also true for the Nikon D5, it’s a bit annoying that you need to invest in several hundred more pounds to have that capability - something which news photographers working on the field may rely on.

4K is one of the big buzzwords of the moment, and the capability of the EOS 1DX Mark II is very good, but again, it’s not quite perfect because you can’t output that resolution via the HDMI cable. It’s good that you can shoot for the full 29 minutes and 59 seconds, though - something the Nikon D5 isn’t capable of.

Overall, despite the odd complaint here and there, the Canon EOS 1D X Mark II is a superb camera which performs extremely well in a variety of different tough conditions that professional photographers will deal with on a daily basis. It’s worthy of an upgrade for many, but others may be able to hold on until the asking price drops a little.

4.5 stars

Ratings (out of 5)
Design 5
Features 4
Ease-of-use 5
Image quality 5
Value for money 4

Main Rivals

Listed below are some of the rivals of the Canon EOS 1D X Mark II.

Canon EOS 5DS R

The Canon EOS 5DS R DSLR boasts a massive 50 megapixel sensor with a low-pass cancellation filter to maximise the sharpness of the camera's sensor. Does the brand new Canon 5DS R offer the best image quality from a DSLR? Read our detailed Canon EOS 5DS R review to find out...

Leica SL (Typ 601)

The Leica SL (Typ 601) is a new compact system camera for professionals, offering a 24 megapixel full-frame sensor, 4K video recording, 11fps burst shooting, a class-leading EVF, fast auto-focusing and a 3-inch touchscreen. Read our in-depth Leica SL (Typ 601) review now...

Nikon D5

The Nikon D5 is a brand new flagship DSLR camera for professionals. Aimed at sports, press and nature photographers, the 20 megapixel D5 builds on the success of the previous D4s camera with a wealth of improvements, including a new 20.8 megapixel sensor, 4K video recording, touch-screen control, and an expanded ISO range. Can the Nikon D5 justify its £5,199.99 / $6,499.95 price-tag? Find out by reading our in-depth Nikon D5 review...

Pentax K-1

The new K-1 is the long-awaited full-frame DSLR camera from Pentax, based around a 36.4 megapixel CMOS sensor. Is this the best ever Pentax DSLR? Read our in-depth Pentax K-1 review to find out...

Sony A7R II

The Sony A7R II is a hotly-anticipated full-frame compact system camera that promises to outclass the DSLR competition. Is this the best full-frame camera on the market? Read our Sony A7R II review to find out...

Review Roundup

Reviews of the Canon EOS 1D X Mark II from around the web. »

The big boss is back for round two: the Canon EOS 1D X Mark II is the company's top-end full-frame DSLR, which replaces both the original 1D X and video-focused 1D C models. And it really is one serious bit of kit, as we've been finding out during a couple of days' shooting for this review - from ultra-low-light disused underground water caverns, to high-speed car chases, (literally) explosive stunt setups and even the odd sheep. Yep, sheep. We like to live dangerously after all.
Read the full review » »

The new Canon EOS 1D X Mark II is an update to the 18 megapixel 1D X and the camera features an all-new 20.2 megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor with dual pixel CMOS AF, as well as a built-in analogue to digital converter for improved readout speed, better dynamic range and noise performance. The camera features internal 4K video recording and a built-in heat-sink to allow recording up to 29 minutes. There are two memory card slots, with CompactFlash, plus high-speed CFast 2.0 to enable quicker write speeds and up to 170 raw shots at 16fps (in live view mode) or 14fps with AE/AF in normal high-speed continuous shooting mode.
Read the full review »




35.9 x 23.9 mm CMOS

Effective Pixels

Approx. 20.2 megapixels

Total Pixels

Approx. 21.5 megapixels

Aspect Ratio


Low-Pass Filter


Sensor Cleaning

EOS integrated cleaning system

Colour Filter Type

Primary Colour



Dual "DIGIC 6+"


Lens Mount

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

Focal Length

Equivalent to 1.0x the focal length of the lens



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


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).


+/-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



Electronically-controlled focal-plane shutter


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



Auto white balance with the imaging sensor


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




Coverage (Vertical/Horizontal)

Approx. 100%


Approx. .76x(4)


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


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




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


Approx. 100%

Viewing Angle (horizontally/vertically)

Approx 170° vertically and horizontally


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



E-TTL II Auto Flash, Metered Manual



Flash Exposure Compensation

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

Flash Exposure Bracketing

Yes, with compatible External Flash

Flash Exposure Lock


Flash Exposure Lock


Second Curtain Synchronisation


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



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



Electronic viewfinder with image sensor


Approx. 100% (horizontally and vertically)

Frame Rate

29.97 fps


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


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


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


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

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
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


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


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


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


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


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


Voice Memo

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

Intelligent Orientation Sensor


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


Brightness: Yes
RGB: Yes

Highlight Alert


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)



SuperSpeed USB 3.0


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


Canon Printers

Canon Compact Photo Printers and PIXMA Printers





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


PC & Macintosh

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


Image Processing

Digital Photo Professional 4 (RAW Image Processing)


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



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


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



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


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


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


Hand Strap E2, Connect Station CS100

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