Canon EOS-1D X Mark II DSLR camera officially announced

The Canon EOS-1D X Mark II DSLR camera is now officially announced. Pre-orders are open at Adorama | B&H |Amazon | WEX (UK). Sample photos can be found here. The new flagship Canon model features several firsts for EOS cameras including:

  • Newly developed 20.2 megapixel 35mm Full Frame Canon CMOS sensor;
  • Continuous shooting speeds of up-to-14 frames per second (fps) with Auto Exposure (AE) and predictive AF for viewfinder shooting and up to 16 fps1 in Live View mode;
  • Dual DIGIC 6+ Image Processors that transfer image data at extremely high speed for extended bursts during continuous shooting – up-to-170 consecutive RAW images at 14 fps. When shooting JPEG images you’re only limited by memory card capacity 2;
  • Capable of shooting 4K 60P and Full HD 120P video with Dual Pixel CMOS AF;
  • Enhanced wireless functionality (with the optional accessory Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E8) that supports the new high-speed IEEE 802.11ac standard and the ability to easily transfer photos and videos to compatible smartphones using Canon’s Camera Connect app*;
  • Digital Lens Optimizer to help correct aberrations in-camera (a feature that previously required post-processing on an external computer);
  • Improved 61-point viewfinder AF with expanded coverage and all AF-points selectable and supported to a maximum aperture of f/8;
  • Improved AI Servo III+ predictive AF algorithm for better accuracy;
  • Continuous red illumination of all AF points within the camera’s Intelligent Viewfinder II.
  • Compatibility with both CF and CFast memory cards for optimal performance and versatility.


Related EOS-1D X Mark II videos and full press release:

Fast, Formidable, And 4K, All-In-One Camera Canon U.S.A. Introduces The EOS-1D X Mark II Professional Digital Camera

Delivering Precise and Reliable Performance with Versatility for Any Photo or Video Professional

MELVILLE, N.Y. – Rising to meet the rigorous and evolving demands of professional photographers and videographers, Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging, is proud to announce the new EOS-1D X Mark II DSLR camera. With a new 20.2 megapixel 35mm Full Frame Canon CMOS sensor and Dual DIGIC 6+ Image Processors, the EOS-1D X Mark II professional digital camera delivers stunning image quality and speed. Combining the ability to capture high-resolution still images at speeds up to 14 frames per second as well as stunning high-definition video up-to-4K 60P featuring Canon’s proprietary Dual Pixel CMOS Autofocus (AF) technology, the Canon EOS-1D X Mark II camera becomes the ideal camera for any professional image creator.

The Ultimate EOS Camera: Continuing a Legacy of High Speed and Performance
Building on the success of the Canon EOS-1D X professional digital camera, the Canon EOS-1D X Mark II camera is designed to deliver high-performance, speed, and image quality, with improved comfort for professional photographers. In addition to the new 20.2 megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor and Dual DIGIC 6+ Image Processors, the new EOS-1D X Mark II DSLR camera includes an improved 61-point High-Density Reticular AF II system with all AF points selectable by the user (and up to 41 cross-type points depending on the lens in use). The improved AF system includes expanded coverage that supports AF at maximum apertures up to f/8 with all 61 points for high precision autofocus even when using EF super-telephoto lenses with an EF extender. The camera also boasts excellent dynamic range and reduced color noise compared to its predecessor throughout its standard ISO speed range of 100 - 51,200. Expansion ISO speeds of 50, 102,400, 204,800 and 409,600 are also available. A first for the Canon EOS-1D series, this camera also features a 360,000-pixel RGB+IR metering sensor with enhanced precision and performance compared to its predecessor, improving facial recognition and tracking, as well as nature scenes. Additionally, the advanced AE system can detect and compensate for flickering light sources such as sodium vapor lamps that are often used in gymnasiums and swimming pools. When enabled, this anti-flicker system automatically adjusts shutter release timing to help reduce disparities in exposure and color especially during continuous burst shooting.

For filmmakers and photographers looking to do more than still photography alone with a DSLR camera and EF lenses, the EOS-1D X Mark II camera offers high resolution DCI 4K video at frame rates up-to-60p, with smooth movie recording to an in-camera CFast 2.0 memory card. An additional card slot supports standard CF memory cards up to UDMA 7. The built-in headphone jack supports real-time audio monitoring. Two additional EOS ‘firsts’ include 4K Frame Grab and 120p Full HD recording. The camera’s 4K Frame Grab function allows users to isolate a frame from recorded 4K video and create an 8.8 megapixel still JPEG image in-camera. When combined with the EOS-1D X Mark II’s high-sensitivity full-frame CMOS sensor, the new camera’s ability to record Full HD video at frame rates up to 120p will allow videographers to produce high quality slow motion video even in extremely low light. To make video shooting even more intuitive, the Canon EOS-1D X Mark II camera’s touch-screen LCD allows videographers to select the camera’s AF point before and during video recording with Dual Pixel CMOS AF, which provides responsive, accurate and quiet camcorder-like video autofocus to DSLRs.

“The innovations within Canon’s new EOS-1D X Mark II DSLR camera clearly set a new standard for professional cameras,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, president and COO, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “In developing the EOS-1D X Mark II camera, we looked to incorporate user-requested performance enhancements to bring professional photographers the ultimate EOS camera, a camera that has matured and been developed to meet their evolving needs.”

“Having f/8 capability on all 61 AF points is a tremendous benefit to wildlife photographers," noted nature photographer and Canon Explorer of Light Charles Glatzer. “In order to capture tight shots of animals without disturbing them, I frequently have to use very long lenses—sometimes with an extender attached, which further diminishes the aperture. The improved AF allows me to frame the shot exactly the way I envision it, without having to compromise.”

“This camera is a huge step forward,” remarked acclaimed photographer and Canon Explorer of Light Damian Strohmeyer. “Shooting sports in a gym at 8,000 ISO, it looked as good as 800 ISO from a generation or two ago. The images are tack-sharp, and the autofocus just doesn't miss. I've been amazed by what I've seen so far.”

“The autofocus was awesome,” agreed Peter Read Miller, sports photographer and Canon Explorer of Light. “The higher frame rate coupled with the speed of the CFast card was a definite advantage. It just never buffered out, even shooting RAW.”

The new EOS-1D X Mark II camera also offers a built-in GPS** receiver with compass for precise geo-tagged information of latitude, longitude, elevation and direction. This is especially valuable to wildlife photographers and photojournalists who need to track their locations, as well as providing sports photographers the ability to sync a multiple-camera setup with extreme accuracy and precision. It is also possible to use the camera’s built-in GPS to automatically sync the camera’s time to the atomic clock, an invaluable feature to professionals. An improved grip also makes the camera easier for photographers to hold and maneuver while shooting. In response to feedback from professional EOS users, the AF points in the EOS-1D X Mark II camera’s Intelligent Viewfinder II can be illuminated in red for improved visibility, especially when shooting in dark locations. AF sensitivity in low light has been doubled from EV -2 to EV -3 at the center AF point when the camera is set to One-Shot AF, enabling the camera to autofocus in extremely dark shooting conditions such as a moonlit nightscape. Viewfinder AF coverage has also been increased for greater compositional flexibility.

As with all EOS-1D series cameras, the EOS-1D X Mark II’s rugged construction and magnesium alloy body is weather resistant. The camera also features improved controls and more in-camera image quality enhancements than ever before, including a Digital Lens Optimizer function offering high quality aberration correction which can now be achieved without an external computer. This feature makes it easier for professional photographers to deliver finished files to their clients, especially in situations when access to a personal computer is impractical or inconvenient.

The estimated retail price for the Canon EOS-1D X Mark II is $5999 (MSRP) for the body or $6299 for the Premium Kit which includes a 64 GB CFast memory card and card reader. The new camera is scheduled to begin shipping to authorized Canon USA dealers in April 2016***.

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  • Eric Calabros

    well that Wireless File Transmitter dongle is seriously big 🙂

  • malchick743
    • Ritvar Krum

      dayummm – that 256000 iso horse picture looks better than even those downscaled thumbnail size pictures that nikos have shows so far… even though I am nikon boi – I want that someone shoves down the throat those ISO marketing BS that Nikon started lately (incising isos on camera dial by several stops – but real performance does not increase even 1/3 of a stop) – this will be fun: “my Nikon goes to 3 million whatever… yea, but my canons 25k is actualy usable – how about yours?” same is with AF point counting marathon

      • Phil Harris

        You have added a ‘0’ to that ISO, it’s actually 25600 ISO.
        It’s not bad, but not spectacular to be honest.

  • HappySoul In

    I am a Nikon user. But have to say Canon is always ahead of Nikon in overall features & technology especially in flagships. Canon 1Dx Mark ii will easily outsell Nikon D5 at least by 2:1.

    • malchick743

      Nikonian here and also support Canon’s adoption of CFast cards rather than XQD, think CFast may have a brighter future on DSLRs due to similar (albeit not compatible) CF card form

      • Dom

        Another Nikonian here, I support more Nikon’s adoptation of XQD even though it’s not as well spread as CFast. The size is smaller, so it can be fitted to smaller cameras. Also, it’s easier to make dual slots to normal sized, non-gripped DSLR bodies. In my opinion, XQP is big enough to use with gloves and in the cold but still, not too big.

        • Thom Hogan

          I’d add that XQD doesn’t have the potential to have bent pins disrupt shooting.

          • lefantome

            Totally agree.

        • Eddy Kamera

          XQD tech is based on PCIe, CFast standard is based on SATA.

          PCIe is better than SATA.

          So I think Nikon choice is better and forward compatible, technologically speaking. But you have to keep in mind that better doesn’t always win.

      • Hanudiyan

        Another Nikonian here.
        Where is my D700 replacement? Oh wait, I don’t have D700..

    • Mike

      Everything on both cameras is an evolutionary improvement. Hardly a single feature that is revolutionary or disruptive enough to cause a pro with $100,000 worth of gear to sell and switch systems. The D3 was revolutionary. It caused system switch. This is the first time that I can recall that Canon and Nikon FF flagships have the same pixel count. So that is moot. The AF is so good in both, the photographer becomes the limiting factor. 4K? As I always say; a person who needs it, already has it. These are B and C cams. 4K lite. Canon will always edge Nikon in video. They will always edge Nikon in photocopiers and printers too. It’s what they do. The D5 is not attracting the Canon user. It’s attracting the D3s user. The 1DxII is attracting the 1DmkIV and 7D users and is technological improvement on the 1Dx that may need replacing by the pro that uses it heavily. I don’t see the 1DXII selling 2:1 because Nikon users are switching. If anything the 1DxII may sell 2:1 over the D5 because of the D500. Not because of system switchers.

      • jmb2560

        100% agree. I have a D3s, I skipped the 4/4s upgrade to buy a D800 but I’m now ready to retire the “3” and move to a “5”. No matter what Canon ships, I have too many lenses to make a switch worth. I guess many Canon users feel the same regarding other brands. For the exact same reason, even though I consider a7Rii interesting, I’m staying away from it…

    • nwcs

      I doubt it will be 2:1. They will both sell in comparable numbers, especially since the market for these types of camera are fairly well set. Nikon has a great top-pro camera and so does Canon. The line item spec sheet really doesn’t mean a great deal at this point. The cameras are more advanced than most users.

      • Thom Hogan

        It’ll be close to 1:1 is my bet. If we include the D500 and D810 (and its followup), it’ll likely go to 1:1.25, maybe more.

        The more interesting aspect is this: are there compelling reasons to upgrade if you’re a Canon user, if you’re a Nikon user? For Nikon users, absolutely. For Canon users, I need to shoot with the camera first to come a conclusion, and the primary thing I’d be looking at is sensor, not anything else.

        • HappySoul In

          Isn’t the 4K & Dual pixel AF a good reason for upgrade for Canon users?

          • Thom Hogan

            Well, the duopoly has managed to do what we expected them to do: provide near-equivalent pro products in each ecosystem that have reasonably compelling upgraded abilities/performance that should keep people in the ecosystem.

            I don’t see any switching likely to go on unless Nikon’s sensors clearly provide more low light capability, and even then not much if Canon has made a visible improvement.

            The real issue is what is/will happen at the D7200 and below level. There, things are very much up for disruption.

  • Ryan

    Burst rate and Video-wise the 1D X Mk.II has the D5 beat. However I’d like to see a head-to-head (at least on paper for the moment) between the two DSLRs. Should be interesting.

  • Benjamin Brosdau

    I quickly drew over the AF point coverage between the new 1DX and Nikon’s D5. Extremely similar. Curious to see the new systems in a real scenario.

    • SportPhotog

      i wonder why sony or nikon users are here to complain 24/7.
      it´s not as if they would buy the camera. most can not even afford a D5 or 1DX.
      i would worry more that nikon is able to make cameras in 5 years and sony will not drop out of the biz and just produce senors when it comes hard.
      nikons and sonys support alone is a important ponit for a pro photographer to avoide them like the plague.
      and i don´t speak about oil and otheer issues i speak about general support. nikon has nearly cut that to zero…..
      CPS platimum member here.. and happy canon user.

      • nwcs

        A lot of Canonites complaining about this camera on CanonRumors. It’s just the way it is, people want the moon. It’s not isolated to Nikon or Sony. Amazing how hard it is for some to appreciate both cameras for what they are rather than zealously defend some perceived advantage.

        • JoeJohnBear

          By a lot, you mean the ones who could never afford the 1D series. The ones who have one already and are looking the upgrade seem to like it well enough.

          • nwcs

            Same with the Nikon/Sony side. That’s why it’s hard to make generalizations.

          • JoeJohnBear

            Nikon/Sony have had an awful track record for repairs and customer service lately. That’s not a generalization.

  • Eno

    I think the question is if it records on both CF and Cfast or only on
    Cfast in 4K. If it only records 4K on Cfast event shooters are screwed.
    We normally record with two Gh4’s about 500 Giga per event at 100
    Mb/sec, this will translate in a minimum of 2,5 Terra bytes of data for
    1Dx mk 2 in 30p or 5 Terra in 60p and 6000$ for Cfast cards at minimum.

    • Les

      How is that a problem? You are obviously getting paid to shoot these events. Plus, memory cards always get cheaper, so the price will be half next year.

      • Eno

        You must be joking right? 600$ only for cards is anything but a “problem”, even at 50% price cut there still is an insane price to pay for media storage.

        • Les

          You can either shoot at a lower bit rate, or find a camera that uses cheaper media.

          There are lots of cheaper 4K camcorders available, and they have the advantage of smaller sensors, which means easier focusing. Frankly, this camera is overkill for most events, unless you need absolute ruggedness and/or the look of a full-frame sensor.

      • nwcs

        Margins. That’s the big difference. If the cost of doing business goes up that’s not a good thing. It may not even be possible to pass along increases to the customer, either.

  • Bo Dez

    lol at the very cheesy intro video. So Stupid!

  • Bo Dez

    Dude sounds like Kermit the Frog

  • Bo Dez

    The samples look ok. But the micro contrast is really lacking. Sort of like there is a lot noise reduction going on.

  • nwcs

    Now it’s up to the industry to decide if CFast or XQD becomes the winner for memory cards.

    • Thom Hogan

      Who do you mean by “industry”? This is a VHS/Beta type battle. SanDisk was one of the designers of XQD, but decided near the last minute to not back that and promote something that was more their own work than that of the SanDisk/Sony/Nikon partnership.

      Sony/Nikon and now Lexar have a vested interest in XQD. SanDisk+clones and now Canon have a vested interest in CFast. Panasonic still has their own solution for video, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see it turn up in a GH5/6.

      • nwcs

        Industry and marketplace is what I was referring to. It is very much like VHS/Beta or BluRay/HD-DVD. I think it will settle down into one format at some point. It would be nice, though unrealistic, to have one format for most cameras out there.

    • malchick743
  • CaMeRa QuEsT

    I read in Digital Camera World’s preview that the sensor on this camera has on-sensor A/D converters. Will be really, really interesting to see if this is the Canon that finally catches up with basically the rest of the industry in dynamic range and read noise. And given that the D5 is being promoted as having more natural skin colors, this might be the first time these two competitors are basically level in IQ, at least at their top of the line. 2fps more on the Canon on top of the Nikon might be evened out by Nikon’s still more precise and persistent follow focus, as DPreview has found on their preview that Canon’s implementation is still not at the same level as Nikon’s. Video-wise, well, Sony has them both beaten down, period.

    • Tadao_Isogai

      “2fps more on the Canon …”

      Per Canon, “(c)ontinuous shooting speed may vary depending on … the battery charge …”

      Per Digital Camera World, “(i)nterestingly, you’ll also need a healthy battery! Canon told us you won’t get the top shooting speeds if the battery level drops below 50%.”

  • Duncan Dimanche

    impressive little guy ! Good job Canon ! 4k at 60p is impressive and full HD 120p too !!!

    Awesome for the futur of all DSLRs !

    (Nikon d800 shooter)

  • Politics_Nerd

    As a Nikon famboy (#dynamicrangematters), I am ecstatic to see this new Canon. Of course, everyone’s first thought when the D5 was announced was to pick out the things we’d like to see in the inevitable D5s (at least I did). Now that Canon has responded with in what is in a couple of ways, on paper, a better camera, I can’t wait to see how Nikon responds in the next year. The MAJOR feature I’d like to see is arena lighting anti-flicker capabilities. (I shoot a lot of basketball games). I don’t see that on the Canon at all. The 7D2 has it (as does the D500, hello!)) so its not like Canon doesn’t know how. As soon as I saw it on the 500 but not the D5, I thought, well that’s one thing to look forward to on the D5s. But based on the few samples I’ve seen, the D500 will do me quite nicely. I’ll probably use it for my “reach” rig at games, and use the D750 at the near end of the court….

    • Cynog

      In the blurb, it says “Additionally, the advanced AE system can detect and compensate for flickering light sources such as sodium vapor lamps that are often used in gymnasiums and swimming pools. “

      • Politics_Nerd

        Thanks. That’s what I get for scanning the article…

  • Geert Mulder

    Nikon,Canon,Sony blablablablablablabla. Its the guy behind the camera that makes the photo, whatever the f@ck they use. Please stop whining around, its annoying….

  • toinks

    overall a nicely spec’d and more balanced camera than the D5. however I find it funny that canon put a dual processor on a camera while not making a better battery. the approx 1300 shots(300 in live view) is a joke compared to the D5’s 3500 shots. the same way that the D5’s video is a joke compared to the 1DX2.

    the CFast-CF combo may also pose some issues here when you are using the other slot for backup or overflow as the other slot will not be able to catch up to the other in terms of writing speed. can somebody correct me if im wrong on this please?

    I have tested the D5 the other day and I was very impressed with the ISO 51200 on that camera. its almost as good as the ISO 25600 on the 1DX2 samples. at this point while ive only tested the D5, I would say it would be the better ISO performer and low light camera especially with the -4EV AF capability compared to the Canon’s -3EV.

    my assessment based on the specs and using both brands in the past…

    AF and Speed Shooting: Canon, always been
    Image Quality: Tie
    ISO and Low Light: Nikon, always been since the D3
    Video: Canon, no question
    Battery Life: Nikon, no question

    my 2 cents of course 😉

  • Thom Hogan

    The most important aspect of the 1DxII is that it puts pressure on the D5. Or more specifically, the D5s and D6.

    Even if “we” ultimately decide that the 1DxII and D5 are essentially equal, the competitive pressure to try to win the next round is only increased. That’s good news.

    The bad news is that I don’t think Canon nor Nikon solved the “get it to the agency before the iPhone shots show up” problem.

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