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Canon EOS 1D X review

June 7, 2012

Overall Rating:

5

Canon EOS 1D X


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Price as Reviewed:

£5,299.00

The long-awaited flagship DSLR arrives just in time for the 2012 Olympic games. In our Canon EOS 1D X review we put the Canon EOS 1DX through its paces to see if it is an award-winning contender.

Verdict

Cameras at this level have extremely high standards to live up to and the 1D X certainly meets them and in places even exceeds them. The new sensor is extremely impressive in terms of detail but more so in terms of its noise performance in low light. This is the finest Canon DSLR I have tested and though the difference may not be enough to tempt many Nikon users, it represents another step forward in the sports and action market. Despite the quality I’m not sure its resolution will hold the interest of many portrait or landscape photographers, with the 5D Mark III looking like a more practical solution and the Nikon D800 giving a blisteringly sharp 36-million-pixel output. However, if I had to choose just one camera to use for all types of photography, this would be it.

  • Video: 1080P HD (29.97, 25, 23.976 fps), 720P (59.94, 50 fps) MOV (H.264)
  • External mic: Yes
  • White Balance: Auto, 6 preset, 6 Custom, and Manual, with fine tuning
  • Dioptre Adjustment: Yes
  • Built-in Flash: No
  • Shutter Type: focal plane shutter
  • Memory Card: CompactFlash
  • Viewfinder Type: Optical Pentaprism
  • Output Size: 5184x3456pixel
  • LCD: 3.2in 1040k dot Clear View II LCD
  • Field of View: 100% coverage 0.76x magnification
  • White Balance Bracket: Yes
  • AF Points: 61 point (41 cross-type f/4, 5 dual cross-type f/2.8), Single point, single point spot, AF point expansion (4 or 8), zone AF, 61-point auto
  • Sensor: 18.1-million-effective pixel full frame (36x24mm) CMOS
  • Max Flash Sync: 1/250sec
  • Focal Length Mag: 1x
  • Exposure Modes: PASM, 3 custom modes
  • Weight: 1340g (without battery or card)
  • Power: Rechargeable LP-E4N Li-ion (LP-E4 compatible)
  • File Format: JPEG, CR2 (raw), MOV
  • Shutter Speeds: 30-1/8000sec + Bulb
  • Drive Mode: 12fps, 14fps super high speed mode
  • Colour Space: Adobe RGB, sRGB
  • Exposure Comp: +/-5EV
  • RRP: £5,299
  • Lens Mount: Canon EF (not EF-S)
  • ISO: 100-51,200 (50-204,800 extended)
  • Focusing Modes: Single, Continuous (servo), Manual
  • DoF Preview: Yes
  • Dimensions: 158x163.6x82.7mm
  • Metering System: 100,000-pixel RGB sensor, 252-zone evaluative metering, with partial, Centre weighted and Spot
  • Connectivity / Interface: USB, HDMI, 1GB Ethernet LAN
  • Compression: 10-stage JPEG, 1 stage raw
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