Canon just released a brand new DSLR under their well-appreciated 1D-series, aimed at professional sports photographers. Someone familiar with Canon might already know that they don’t like to tweak their products much. For your surprise, this one is quite different to its predecessor in terms of specs and functionality. Hence, we have decided to put forward a Canon EOS-1D X Mark II review for our learned readers and photography enthusiasts. We will cover all the basic points including specs, pros, cons and a final verdict on the product.
Canon EOS-1D X Mark II Features
- Brand new Canon CMOS sensor with a 20.2 mega pixel, 35 mm full frame camera.
- Flicker mode in order to avoid indoor flickering light issues.
- 4K video recording at 60fps; Full HD 120p video via CMOS sensor.
- New quick control screen.
- 14 fps really fast continuous shooting.
- Brand new wireless file transmitter.
- Dual memory card slot.
Canon EOS-1D X Mark II Pros
- The control layout is quite good compared to other top end products.
- You can record 4K videos at 60fps.
- The autofocus system is mind-blowing, to say the least.
- For indoor photographers the camera’s flicker mode might be considered a game changer.
- Use of a brand new sensor.
Canon EOS-1D X Mark II Cons
- The resolution didn’t get the necessary bump over its predecessor.
- The touchscreen technology included within the camera can be considered “limited”.
- Lack of a dedicated quick menu for the video mode.
- Hardcore videographers should consider dedicated video recorder instead of Canon EOS-1D X Mark II.
- Large file sizes might be a problem for some users.
How Much Does It Cost?
You can purchase a brand new Canon EOS-1D X Mark II for $5,699. There are few exciting lens options too. For starters, you can purchase Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM standard zoom lens, which is available for $1699. You can also purchase used ones for a lot less. Other than that, you can buy and add to your repertoire a telephoto zoom lens or a wide angle zoom lens. Both are excellent value for the money.
All about the Canon EOS-1D X Mark II
How It Looks and Feels
In our Canon EOS-1D X Mark II review, we found this DSLR quite identical to its predecessor 1D-X. That means you can expect the same weather-proof rugged appearance that is so “Canon-ish”. Furthermore, when it comes to external design and build quality, Canon didn’t change much. Even existing 1D X owners might not find any difference, and can start using the new one without any fuss. Only noticeable change in this device is the inclusion of a brand new video controller beside the viewfinder.
In terms of feel, this time around, there is even thicker rubber coating in both grips, making you feel even more comfortable with the camera in your hands.
How It Displays
According to our Canon EOS-1D X Mark II review team, the camera contains a top-notch display. The images look better on the camera screen, and when you zoom them on your computer, they won’t disappoint you. You might be a little disappointed with lack of increase in resolution, but Canon made sure that this brand new 20 megapixel CMOS takes world-class photos, and that too at an incredibly fast speed.
Changes were made to improve the camera capabilities. For example, Canon redesigned the mirror assembly from scratch, making sure there is little mirror bounce or image blur. Furthermore, there is an all-new dust reduction system in place designed to keep the sensor clean, and ready to capture high-quality continuous photos.
How It Performs
Our Canon EOS-1D X Mark II review team examined few photos taken at ISO102, 400, and they were a bit disappointed. Most pictures were a bit mushy and when printed on A3 papers, showed some diffuse glow. But drop down to ISO 51,600, and now things start to look better. However, there are some chroma noises. But our expert team suggests users reduce the sensitivity to 25,600 or lower, as you can capture pictures with high detail and no noise under these settings.
In terms of autofocus, our Canon EOS-1D X Mark II review team gave the camera an excellent score. There was literally no trouble in capturing moving objects. Plus, the camera performed admirably in low light conditions and could detect and capture a subject in AF mode quite comfortably, making it a worthwhile investment for professionals.
Canon used the EOS iSA system to take care of metering, which instantly divides each picture into 216 zones. This functionality impressed our reviewers much more than any other brand, as they didn’t need to use the exposure compensation feature for any of their shoots.
Does It Record Video?
Yes, it does! In our Canon EOS-1D X Mark II review, we were quite impressed with the standard 4K video shooting capabilities. This DSLR can record 4K videos at 60fps and in 4096 x2160 pixel format. When it comes to recording duration, you can record videos for as long as 29 minutes and 59 seconds without any interruption. Furthermore, you can extract stills from the 4K video at a resolution of 8.8 MP.
That’s not all! It can also capture Full HD videos at 120fps high-speed mode that uses the entire sensor area of the camera. But, on a strange note, you can’t output the 4K videos to an external recorder, unlike the Full HD videos.
The Bottom Line
This DSLR camera is geared towards professional sports photographers, and our Canon EOS-1D X Mark II review shows exactly why professionals should choose this one over other brands. Despite having few glitches here and there, this one is a worthwhile investment for photographers looking for a substitute for their existing ones.
Finally, we would like to hear your thoughts too. If you own this product and want to share your experiences with us, go ahead and leave a comment in the comment section. Your opinions mean a lot to us.