Technology

Canon launch The EOS-1D X Mark II – a flagship DSLR with 4K capability

The EOS-1D X Mark II, Canon's flagship DSLR, can shoot up to 16 fps, shoot in Full HD at 160 fps and 4K at 60 fps.

The EOS-1D X Mark II shoots 14 frames per second (fps) with full AF/AE tracking and 16 fps in Live View mode – designed by Canon for professional to capture high-speed subjects like wildlife or sporting events.

Canon’s new DSLR also 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.

With an ISO range from 100 to 51200, expandable from 50 up to 409600, Cannon’s new camera has been designed to operate effectively, and produce clean images, in all lighting environments.

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 f/8 AF support with all 61 points, allowing users the freedom to choose the focus point.

Alongside Canon’s popular pro AF technologies – EOS iTR and AF Case settings – the 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 improved exposure and subject detection. Flicker Detection, as originally introduced in the EOS 7D Mark II, has also been designed to shoot under artificial lighting.

Fourteen Frames Per Second

The Mark II is able to shoot 14 frames per second with full AF/AE tracking and in RAW. The camera can go up to 16fps 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 Mark II also houses new Dual “DIGIC 6+” processors, providing high-speed processing of the vast image data captured by the sensor.

The camera’s refined mirror construction utilises a new drive mechanism to empower high speed shooting, with minimal mirror vibration or noise.

Pro-standard 4K movie making

The Mark II gives filmmakers the option of shooting 4K (4096×2160) in a variety of frame rates up to 60fps to the CFast 2.0™ card. It also enables Full HD (1920x1080p) movie shooting at 120fps, ideal for slow motion scenes. Decisive moments from a 60fps 4K scene can be extracted as a high resolution 8.8MP still.

Filmmakers can shoot in AF in 4K and Full HD with 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.

Image Management

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 you the choice of how images are shared– via FTP or direct to computers. Additionally, the new WFT-E8 wireless file transmitter[i] also supports the high-speed standard 802.11ac (5 GHz band).

The Mark II also features an improved grip and controls, offering enhanced operability, and weather proofing makes the camera more resilient against eternal elements. The Intelligent Viewfinder II provides approximately 100% field of view, with an electronic overlay of shooting information “meaning you never have to move your eye away from the viewfinder.”

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.