New from Canon is the EOS-1D X Mark II, its new flagship digital single-lens reflex. The camera establishes a new benchmark for speed – shooting 14 frames per second (fps) with full AF/AE tracking and 16 fps in Live View mode – ideal for capturing high-speed subjects, whether in the wild, or at world-class sporting events. The camera features a new 20.2 MP full-frame CMOS sensor and new Al Servo AF III+, as well as 4K video capture up to 60p.
The ISO range runs from 100 to 51200, expandable from 50 up to 409600, allowing the EOS-1D X Mark II to operate in lighting conditions from the brightest through to near darkness.
The camera features an improved 61-point AF system with 41 cross-type AF points, which covers an expanded area and focuses under low light up to -3EV. For the first time, when shooting with selected extenders and telephoto lenses, the new AF system also offers f8 AF support with all 61 points, giving the freedom to choose the focus point. Alongside Canon’s pro AF technologies – EOS iTR and AF Case settings – the EOS-1D X Mark II also includes new AI Servo AF III+ that improves the tracking sensitivity in scenes where subject movements may occur suddenly, such as animals moving quickly through the wild.
Working in partnership with the AF system is a new 360k RGB+IR metering sensor, providing accurate exposure and improved subject detection. Flicker Detection, originally introduced in the EOS 7D Mark II, also guarantees consistent results under artificial lights – perfect for indoor sporting events.
Capture every second
The EOS-1D X Mark II is able to shoot 14 frames per second with full AF/AE tracking and in RAW to capture the exact moment of a sporting event, or an animal catching its prey. For those needing even more, up to 16fps can be shot in Live View mode without AF. With the new CFast 2.0 card capability, the camera can deliver a burst of unlimited JPEGs or 170 RAW images in continuous high speed shooting.
The EOS-1D X Mark II is the most responsive EOS DSLR to date, thanks in part to the new Dual DIGIC 6+ processors providing high-speed processing of the vast image data captured by the sensor. The refined mirror construction utilises a new drive mechanism to empower high-speed shooting, with minimal mirror vibration or noise.
Pro-standard 4K movie making
Film-makers have the option of shooting 4K (4096x2160) movies in a variety of frame rates up to 60fps using the CFast 2.0 media card. It also enables Full HD (1920x1080p) movie shooting at an incredible 120fps, ideal for slow motion scenes. Decisive moments from a 60fps 4K scene can be extracted as a high resolution 8.8MP still, giving you even more control over the exact moment of capture.
Fast and smooth AF is provided in 4K and Full HD shooting thanks to Canon’s Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology and Movie Servo AF, while the touch panel LCD enables you to quickly select AF points when shooting movies.
Optimum image management
Images can be transferred to news agencies or outlets in a matter of seconds. Built-in GPS records shooting locations in EXIF data, helping photographers keep an accurate record of their shoots. Both Ethernet wired LAN and SuperSpeed USB 3.0 give the choice of how images are shared – via FTP or direct to computers. Additionally, the new optional WFT-E8 wireless file transmitter supports the high-speed standard 802.11ac (5 GHz band).
The EOS-1D X Mark II features an improved grip and controls, offering enhanced operability that feels natural in the hand. Weather proofing makes the camera resilient against the elements, ideal for outdoor shoots. The Intelligent Viewfinder II provides approximately 100% field-of-view, with an electronic overlay of shooting information.
Pricing and availability
The EOS-1D X Mark II will be available from May 2016 with an RRP of £5,199.99/€6,999.99.
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