First Look and Hands On with the Canon EOS-1D X Mark II

Canon announced today a new flagship camera the Canon EOS-1D X Mark II – faster shooting, higher resolution, lower noise, with superior video, improved AF and screen and several other new features. The video above from B&H brings two Canon representatives talking about some of the features of the new camera along with with some demonstrations.

After almost all of the info about this camera was leaked in the last few days, Canon released its new flagship camera – the EOS-1D X Mark II. This camera has improvements (small or large) in almost any aspect of camera use, software and hardware that you can think of starting from the higher res sensor, faster processor, better and higher quality video, shooting speed, AF system, buffer, storage, meetring  and many others.

Faster, lighter and more powerful – the new Canon EOS-1DX Mark II


There is quite a long list of new/improved features in the EOS-1D X Mark II – here are some of the major ones:

  • Sensor: 20.2MP CMOS sensor (Full Frame with Dual Pixel technology).
  • Sensitivity: 100–51,200; Expansion to 409,600 ISO.
  • Processor: Dual DIGIC 6+.
  • AF: 61 AF points including 41 cross type points (up to -3EV).
  • Video: 4K @60p (4096 x 2160 pixels), 1080p @120p (no focus peeking/zebra though).
  • Continuous shooting – 14 fps (16 fps in live view).
  • Buffer: 170 Raw images.
  • Storage: CF and Cfast.
  • Meetering: 360k-pixel RGB+IR metering sensor.
  • Connectivity – GPS, USB 3.0, faster Ethernet port (330Mbps) and faster WFT-E8A Wi-Fi accessory.
  • Shutter – 30-1/8000s.
  • LCD: 3.2 inch touch screen, 1620k dots.
  • Weight: 1340 grams (almost 100g less than the 1D X).
  • Battery life: 1210 CIPA (with a new battery – LP-E19, but is still able to  use of the LP-E4).
  • Price: $6000 (on Amazon).

On the following video Chris Cheesman from What Digital Camera in the U.K. looks at the EOS-1D X Mark II and talks to David Perry from Canon:


In terms of “on paper” specs the EOS-1D X Mark II doesn’t have a huge edge over the newly released Nikon D5 (maybe apart from the video aspects) but for pro Canon shooters and especially sports and journalistic photographers – this is going the be a very big step forward.

Finally we have a real hands on with sports photographer David Bergman who had some small and interesting notes on the camera that you might not read in the specs sheet


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Iddo Genuth
Iddo Genuth is the founder and chief editor of He has been a technology reporter working for international publications since the late 1990's and covering photography since 2009. Iddo is also a co-founder of a production company specializing in commercial food and product visual content.

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