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.

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Canon EOS 1D X

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Canon EOS 1D X review


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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
Lens Mount:Canon EF (not EF-S)
ISO:100-51,200 (50-204,800 extended)
Focusing Modes:Single, Continuous (servo), Manual
DoF Preview:Yes
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
  1. 1. Introduction
  2. 2. Features
  3. 3. Build and Handling
  4. 4. Noise, resolution and sensitivity
  5. 5. WB, metering and dynamic range
  6. 6. AF, LCD and viewfinder
  7. 7. Verdict
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