Canon EOS-1D X Hands On Preview

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Canon has just announced its new EOS-1D X flagship professional digital SLR camera. This new camera supersedes the APS-H sensor size EOS-1D Mark IV and the full-frame 35mm EOS-1Ds Mark III.  For having used the 1D X, I can say that this new camera is sure to be a big hit among professional photographers who shoot sports, wildlife, documentaries and films. I was most impressed by the EOS-1D X' ability to focus in extremely low light, as well at its unmistakably improved focus tracking and precision. Of course, this highly complex camera deserves an in-depth review which I will carry out at some point and will write about here. Read the rest of the story below.

The EOS-1D X sports an 18.1 megapixels 35mm (full frame) sensor, dual DIGIC 5 processors which offer two stops of noise processing benefit in comparison to the EOS-1D Mark IV, better low light autofocus performance and a separate DIGIC 4 processor dedicated to the camera’s metering and focus prediction systems. Also worth noting are the gapless microlenses which sit on top of the EOS-1D X' full frame sensor. Their design allow more light to reach the sensor's photosites. This translates into less signal amplification and less noise in resulting photographs, specially at higher sensitivities (ISO). The 12 frames per second shooting rate (14 fps with mirror lock up) is impressive and so is the massive ISO range of 50 to 204,800 ISO. Another key feature of the EOS-1D Mark X is its redesigned 61-point autofocus system. The new AF is highly configurable via 6 sub-menus, each catering to a particular shooting situation (see photos below).

Along with its remarkable photography skills, the new EOS-1D X is sure to attract a lot of serious film makers with its inclusion of timecode, intraframe ALL-I and IPB compression schemes, dual CF cards slots and of course frame rates of 24, 25 (1080p), 30, and 60 (720p). From what I understand, several 1D X cameras can be genlocked via the new WFT-E6 Wireless File Transmitter and audio can be manually adjusted before and during filming (most film makers will probably record audio separately though).

The Canon EOS-1D X ships in March 2012.

[youtube sw4SQMChXUw The Birth of the Canon EOS-1D X]

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