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key features




• 18.1 MP full frame CMOS sensor

• Up to 12fps and 14fps shooting

• 100-51200 ISO, up to H:204800

• 61 point AF system

• 100,000 pixel RGB AE metering with DIGIC 4

• Full HD 1080p EOS movie

• Dual “DIGIC 5+” processors

• Clear View II 8.11 cm (3.2”) 1040K-dot LCD

• Ethernet port

Type 36 x 24 mm CMOS
Effective pixels approx. 18.10 megapixels
Total pixels approx. 19.3 megapixels
Aspect ratio 3.2
Low-pass filter built-in/fixed with fluorine coating
Sensor cleaning EOS integrated cleaning system
Colour filter yype primary colour

Type Dual DIGIC 5+

Lens mount EF (excludes EF-S lenses)
Crop-factor none

Type TTL-CT-SIR with a dedicated CMOS sensor
AF system/points 61-point. 41 f/4 cross-type AF points inc. 5 dual cross type at f/2.8. The number of cross-type AF points will differ depending on the lens.
AF working range EV -2 to 18 (at 23C and ISO 100)
AF modes One-shot, AI Servo
AF Point Selection
Automatic selection: 61-point AF
Manual selection: single point AF (61, 41 cross type only, 15 or 9 points selectable)
Manual selection: spot AF
Manual selection: AF point expansion 4 points (up, down, left, right) Manual selection: AF point expansion surrounding 8 points
Manual selection: Zone AF
AF points can be selected separately for vertical and horizontal shooting
Selected AF point display superimposed in viewfinder
Predictive AF Yes, up to 8 metres
AF lock Locked when shutter button is pressed halfway in One-shot AF mode or AF-ON button is pressed.
AF assist beam emitted by optional dedicated Speedlite
Manual focus selected on lens, default in Live View mode
AF microadjustment AF Menu +/- 20 steps (wide and tele setting for zooms); adjust all lenses by same amount, adjust up to 40 lenses individually, adjustments remembered for lens by serial number

Metering modes TTL full aperture metering with 252 zones from 100,000-pixel RGB AE sensor
1) evaluative metering (linked to all AF point)
2) partial metering
3) spot metering: centre-spot metering, AF point-linked spot metering, multi-spot metering (maximum 8 spot metering entries)
4) centre-weighted average metering
Metering range EV 0 to 20 (at 23C with 50mm f/1.4 lens ISO 100)
AE lock auto: in One-shot AF mode with evaluative metering exposure is locked when focus is achieved; manual: by AE lock button in P, TV and AV modes.
Exposure compensation +/-5 EV in 1/3 or 1/2 stop increments (can be combined with AEB).
AEB 2, 3, 5 or 7 shots, +/-3 EV 1/3 or 1/2 stop increments
ISO sensitivity* auto (100-51200); 100 to 51200 (in 1/3-stop or whole stop increments); ISO can be expanded to L: 50, H1: 102400, H2: 204800

Type electronically-controlled focal-plane shutter
Speed 30-1/8000 sec (1/2 or 1/3 stop increments) + Bulb (shutter speed range available varies with shooting mode)

Type auto white balance with the imaging sensor
Settings AWB, daylight, shade, cloudy, tungsten, white fluorescent light, flash, custom, colour temperature setting.
White balance compensation 1) Blue/Amber +/-9; 2) Magenta/ Green +/-9.
Custom white balance 5 settings can be registered
WB bracketing +/-3 levels in single level increments; 3 bracketed images per shutter release. Selectable blue/amber bias or magenta/green bias.

Type Pentaprism
Coverage (vertical/horizontal) Approx. 100%
Magnification Approx. 0.76x
Eyepoint approx. 20mm (from eyepiece lens centre)
Dioptre correction -3 to +1 dioptre
Focusing screen interchangeable (12 types, optional). Standard focusing screen Ec-CV
Mirror quick-return half mirror (transmission:reflection ratio of 40:60, no mirror cut-off with EF 600mm f/4 or shorter)
Viewfinder Information
AF information: AF points, focus confirmation light, AF status indicator
Exposure information: metering mode, shooting mode, AE lock, shutter speed, aperture, exposure compensation, ISO speed (always displayed), exposure level, exposure warning
Flash information: flash ready, FP flash, FE lock, flash exposure level
Image information: white balance correction, highlight-tone priority (D+), maximum burst (2-digit display), CF card information, JPEG/RAW indicator, battery check icon.
Composition information grid, electronic level
Depth-of-field preview with depth-of-field preview button.
Eyepiece shutter built-in

Type 8.11cm (3.2 inch) Clear View II TFT, approx. 1040K dots
Coverage approx. 100%
Viewing angle (horizontally/vertically) approx. 170
Coating anti-reflection and Solid Structure
Brightness adjustment adjustable to one of 7 levels
Display options 1) Quick Control screen, 2) samera settings, 3) dual axis electronic level

Modes E-TTL II auto flash, metered manual
X-Sync 1/250sec (EX series Speedlites only)
Flash exposure compensation +/- 3EV in 1/2 or 1/3 increments
Flash exposure bracketing with compatible external flash
Flash exposure lock yes
Second curtain synchronisation yes
Hotshoe/PC terminal yes/yes
External flash compatibility E-TTL II with EX-series Speedlites, wireless multi-flash support
External flash control via camera menu screen

Modes program AE, shutter-priority AE, aperture-priority AE, manual
Picture Styles Auto, Standard, Portrait, Landscape, Neutral, Faithful, Monochrome, User Defined (x3)
Colour space sRGB and Adobe RGB
Image processing Highlight Tone Priority, Auto Lighting Optimizer (4 settings), Long exposure noise reduction, High ISO speed noise reduction (4 settings), auto correction of lens peripheral illumination, chromatic aberration correction, distortion correction, resize to M1, M2 or S, RAW image processing - during image playback only, multiple exposure
Drive modes single, continuous L, continuous H, self-timer (2s+remote, 10s+remote), silent single shooting
Continuous shooting max. approx. 12fps, 14fps with mirror locked up and exposure and AF locked on first frame

Type electronic viewfinder with image sensor
Coverage approx. 100% (horizontally and vertically)
Frame rate 30 fps
Focusing manual focus (magnify image 5x or 10x at any point on screen), autofocus: Quick mode, Live mode, Live Face detection mode
Metering real-time evaluative metering with image sensor, active metering time can be changed
Display options grid overlay (x3), histogram, aspect ratios

Still image type
JPEG: 10 compression options (Exif 2.3 compliant)/Design rule for Camera File system (2.0)
RAW: RAW, sRAW (14bit, Canon original RAW 2nd edition)
Digital Print Order Format [DPOF] Version 1.1 compliant
RAW+JPEG simultaneous recording any combination of RAW+JPEG possible, separate formats to separate cards possible
Image size
JPEG: (L) 5184x3456, (M1) 4608x3072, (M2) 3456x2304, (S1) 2592x1728,
RAW: (RAW) 5184x3456 (M-RAW) 3888x2592, (S-RAW)2592x1728
Movie type MOV (video: H.264 Intra frame/inter frame; sound: Linear PCM)
Movie size
1920 x 1080 (29.97, 25, 23.976 fps) intra or inter frame
1280 x 720 (59.94, 50 fps) intra or inter frame
640 x 480 (59.94, 50 fps) inter frame
Movie length max. duration 29min 59sec, max. single file size 4GB
Sound files WAVE (monaural)
Folders new folders can be manually created and selected
File numbering 1) consecutive numbering, 2) auto reset, 3) manual reset

Custom functions 31 Custom Functions with 99 settings
Metadata tag user copyright information (can be set in camera)
LCD panel/illumination yes/yes
Water/dust resistance yes
Sound memo up to 30 seconds per image - 48Khz or 8Khz
Intelligent orientation sensor yes
Playback zoom 1.5x - 10x, pixel level magnification
Display Formats 1) single image with information (2 levels), 2) single image, 3) 4-image index, 4) 9-image index, 5) magnified view, 6) movie edit
Slide show image selection: all images, by date, by folder, movies, stills, rating; playback time: 1, 2, 3, 5, 10 or 20 seconds; repeat: on/off
Histogram brightness, RGB
Highlight alert yes
Image Erase/Protection erase: single image, all images in folder, checkmarked images, unprotected images; protection: erase protection of one image at a time
Data verification TBA
Menu categories 1) shooting menu x4, 2) AF menu x5, 3) playback menu x3, 4) setup menu x4, 5) custom functions menu x7, 6) My Menu
Menu languages 25 languages: English, German, French, Dutch, Danish, Portuguese, Finnish, Italian, Norwegian, Swedish, Spanish, Greek, Russian, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Romanian, Ukrainian, Turkish, Arabic, Thai, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Korean and Japanese
Firmware Update possible by the user.

Computer Hi-Speed USB
Other video output PAL/NTSC (integrated with USB terminal), HDMI mini output (HDMI-CEC compatible), extension system terminal (for WFT-E6/GP-E1), external microphone (stereo mini jack), RJ-45 (gigabyte ethernet)

Canon printers Canon compact photo printers and PIXMA printers supporting PictBridge
PictBridge yes

Type 2x CompactFlash Type I/II (incompatible with Microdrive), UDMA 7 compatible)

PC & Macintosh Windows XP (SP2/SP3), Vista inc. SP1 (excl. Starter Edition), 7 (excl. Starter Edition); Mac OS X v10.4-10.6

Browsing and printing ZoomBrowser EX/ImageBrowser
Image processing Digital Photo Professional
Other PhotoStitch, EOS Utility (inc. Remote Capture, WFT utility*), Picture Style Editor (* Requires optional accessory)

Batteries rechargeable Li-ion battery LP-E4N (supplied), 1x CR2025 for date and settings
Battery life TBA
Battery indicator 6 levels + percentage
Power saving Power turns off after 1, 2, 4, 8, 15, 30 minutes or Off.
Power supply and battery chargers AC Adapter Kit ACK-E4, Battery Charger LC-E4N, Car Battery Charger Cable CG-570 (use with LC-E4N)

Body materials magnesium alloy body covers
Operating environment 0 to 45C, 85% or less humidity
Dimensions (WxHxD) 158 x 163.6x 82.7mm
Weight (Body Only) TBA

Viewfinder Eyecup Eg, Eg-series Dioptric Adjustment Lens with Rubber Frame Eg, Anti Fog Eyepiece Eg, Focusing Screens Ec, Angle Finder C
Wireless File Transmitter Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E6
Lenses All EF lenses (excludes EF-S lenses)
Flash Canon Speedlites (220EX, 270EX, 270EX II, 320EX, 420EX, 430EX, 430EX II, 550EX, 580EX, 580EX II, Macro-Ring-Lite, MR-14EX, Macro Twin Lite MT-24EX, Speedlite Transmitter ST-E2,)
Remote Controller/ Switch Remote control with N3 type contact, Wireless Controller LC-5
Other Hand Strap E2, GP-E1 GPS receiver

Magnification with 50mm lens at infinity, -1m-1 dpt
Continuous Shooting Based on Canon's testing conditions, JPEG, ISO 100, Standard Picture Style. Varies depending on the subject, memory card brand and capacity, image recording quality, ISO speed, drive mode, Picture Style, Custom functions etc. Maximum fps and buffer capacity may be reduced depending on the cameras settings and light level With Battery strength 50% or higher
Battery Life Based on the CIPA Standard and using the batteries and memory card format supplied with the camera, except where indicated

*Recommended Exposure Index
All data is based on Canon standard testing methods except where indicated.
Subject to change without notice.

Canon full frame CMOS sensor

Designed by Canon and working in combination with Canon's DIGIC processing technology, the 35mm full-frame CMOS sensor created for the EOS-1D X features a range of technical improvements to achieve the highest level of performance in this class of camera.

Signal conversion in Canon's CMOS sensors is handled by individual amplifiers at each pixel site. Unnecessary charge transfer operations are avoided, vastly speeding up the process of getting the signal to the image processor. Noise generation is reduced, power consumption is limited, and the ability to provide faster frame rates is made possible.

The manufacturing process of the CMOS semiconductor has been refined, with a new photodiode construction for improved sensitivity and, for the first time, gapless microlenses are used on a Canon full frame sensor, offering improved light-gathering capabilities to permit higher ISO settings.

Canon's CMOS technology integrates advanced noise reduction circuitry at each pixel site, delivering virtually noise-free images and a wide default ISO speed range of 100 51200 (expandable from 50 to 204800). A new high-speed 16-channel read-out combines with the dual DIGIC 5+ image processors to support high speed shooting of up to 14fps. New circuitry also optimises power efficiency, ensuring the EOS-1D X offers similar power consumption to the EOS-1D Mark IV despite higher shooting speeds and the introduction of a full-frame 18.1MP sensor.


Image information is processed by Canon's Dual DIGIC 5+ processors, purpose-built to complement the cameras 18.1 MP full-frame CMOS sensor. The dual DIGIC 5+ processors enable the EOS-1D X to achieve ultra-fast shooting speeds of up to 14fps at full resolution, capturing maximum detail, accurate colours and low noise even in lowlight conditions.

The DIGIC 5+ processor working in tandem with the CMOS sensor, allows users of the EOS-1D X to shoot at ISO speeds up to two stops faster than previously possible and achieve the same quality. Multiple exposure shots are also supported and in-camera correction of lens lateral and axial chromatic aberration is also implemented for every image captured, even when shooting at maximum speed.

The DIGIC processors work with a high speed DDR-SDRAM image buffer reading, processing, compressing and writing image data fast enough to keep the buffer clear during long continuous shooting bursts.

61 point AF system

The EOS-1D X includes Canons next generation autofocus (AF) system, offering a more reliable, accurate and faster AF system than ever before. Combining a 61-point AF sensor with the metering sensor, the system collects a host of information regarding the subject, scene and conditions. This data is processed using a new AF algorithm to ensure enhanced precision and improved tracking of moving subjects creating a system that can cope with the varying demands of professional photographers.

The 61-point AF sensor features 41 cross-type points and five dual cross-type points for enhanced accuracy at a maximum wide aperture setting of f/2.8. The EOS-1D X can also detect a subject that is completely out of focus by employing the entire sensor, rather than just a single AF point, ensuring rapid and effective AF control at all times.

Combining with the cameras highly advanced EOS iTR system (intelligent Tracking and Recognition) to detect subject colour and faces, the AF tracking system is also greatly enhanced. Instead of solely using AF information, the camera also uses colour information detected by the new RGB metering sensor to track subjects. The camera remembers the colour of a focused subject, before continuously focus-tracking that subject according to its colour to ensure stable and accurate tracking across the frame. Similarly, the ability to accurately detect faces enables users to focus-track a face that was initially in focus without the risk of the AF point switching should another subject enter the frame. Ideal for sports and action sequences, the accuracy of the EOS-1D Xs AF and metering systems enables photographers to concentrate exclusively on composition rather than focusing.

A range of AF presets provide exceptional reliability when shooting traditionally difficult scenes and subjects. Six different Cases are designed for a range of differing shooting challenges, and can be customised according to subjects and shooting conditions using a built-in AF Configuration Tool.

The six different Cases include:

Case 1 Is a versatile multi-purpose setting: The all-round setting ideal for numerous scenes and subjects.

Case 2 Allows continuous tracking of subjects, ignoring possible obstacles: Designed to continue to focus-track a subject, even when the subject momentarily moves away from the AF points. Ideal for shooting action with subjects that move about the frame, like freestyle skiing, tennis and butterfly swimming.

Case 3 Instantly focus on subjects suddenly entering AF points: This setting enables focusing to adjust immediately when a new subject is detected. It is most effective when you want to shoot different subjects one-after-the-other, such as alpine downhill skiing, or the start of a bicycle road race.

Case 4 For subjects that accelerate or decelerate quickly: Designed for continuous focus-tracking of moving subjects that may change in speed or direction, such as during cornering in motor sports or a football player avoiding a tackle.

Case 5 For erratic subjects moving in any direction: For use only with 61 point automatic selection AF, Zone AF, and AF point expansion modes, this setting is ideal for continuously focus-tracking subjects that may move rapidly up/down or left/right during shooting. The camera continues to track the subject by switching automatically to the nearest AF points. Common shooting situations would include figure skating and air races.

Case 6 For subjects that change speed and move erratically: For use only with 61 point automatic selection AF, Zone AF, and AF point expansion modes. This setting is similar to Case 4 but is employed when using multiple AF points. This setting enables tracking of subject movements by automatically switching the AF points. Ideal for basketball or rhythmic gymnastics.

AI Servo III

AI Servo AF uses a form of Artificial Intelligence (AI) to determine the speed and direction of moving subjects, and then focuses the camera lens to a predicted position (Focus Prediction Function) in order to increase the probability of obtaining a sharp photograph.

As the EOS-1D X now employs an AF microprocessor and an AE DIGIC 4 microcomputer to ensure faster, more accurate processing of the increased amount of data from the sensors that combine to create the new AF system. The AI Servo AF is even more effective in tracking moving subjects in challenging conditions. In addition, the EOS-1D X UI system has been improved to make it easier to customise the AI Servo AF to cope with the changing demands of professional shoots.

AI Servo III offers a number of improvements over AI Servo II, for even higher precision and more stable control. The predictive AF performance has also been improved by eliciting feedback from professional photographers and enabling parameters such as tracking sensitivity, acceleration/deceleration tracking and AF point auto switching of the AI Servo AF, to be easily adjusted to suit different shooting conditions.

Metering system

The EOS-1D X employs a highly detailed 252-zone metering system, using a 100,000 pixel RGB AE sensor with a dedicated DIGIC 4 processor in the new EOS iSA (Intelligent Subject Analysis) metering system. The metering system can be linked to individual AF points for increased accuracy in spot metering, or used with automatic AF point selection when center spot metering is set.

The RGB sensor is also used for flash metering as well as subject detection, to accurately evaluate colour and detect faces to feed into the metering, flash metering and AF systems. An improved evaluative metering algorithm ensures that colours which can typically lead to over or under-exposure of a scene (for example a predominance of green or yellow) are compensated, to ensure the correct exposure is obtained across the scene. The colour information and face detection information also feed into the E-TTL autoflash algorithm to ensure the correct exposure of a face or main subject.

EOS Movie

The EOS Movie function allows EOS-1D X users to record 1080p HD movies with full manual control and selectable frame rates.

Thanks to the large full-frame CMOS sensor, photographers have greater ability to control depth of field. The exposure of the movie can be controlled in Manual mode, allowing full control of shutter speeds and apertures. It is possible to select frame rates from: 30 (29.97), 25, and 24 (23.976), with 60 (59.94) and 50 available at resolutions of 720p. The combination of sensor and dual DIGIC 5+ processors also greatly reduces colour fringing and moir for professional quality footage.

EOS Movie can be activated quickly and easily with a new Live View shooting/Movie shooting button, and a new menu tab has been introduced which is dedicated to movies, allowing settings to be changed quickly and easily mid-shoot.

In an improvement over previous EOS models, the EOS-1D X supports a new intra-frame codec for increased quality and lower compression ideal for editing in post-production by professional film-makers. Sound recording levels can also be checked and changed during recording on the Quick Control screen.

Picture Styles

Picture Style presets simplify in-camera control over image quality and can be likened to different film types each one offering a different colour response. Within each selectable preset, photographers have control over sharpness, contrast, colour tone and saturation. The cameras factory default configuration is set to deliver immediatelyusable JPEG images without need for additional menu settings. Picture Style presets applied to a RAW image can be revised with Canons Digital Photo Professional software.

The six presets are:

1. Standard for crisp, vivid images that dont require post-processing

2. Portrait optimises colour tone and saturation and weakens sharpening to achieve attractive skin tones

3. Landscape for punchier greens and blues with stronger sharpening to give a crisp edge to mountain, tree and building outlines

4. Neutral ideal for post-processing

5. Faithful adjusts colour to match the subject colour when shot under a colour temperature of 5200K

6. Monochrome for black and white shooting with a range of filter effects (yellow, orange, red and green) and toning effects (sepia, blue, purple and green)

Picture Style Auto

In addition to the Picture Style presets, the EOS-1D X includes Picture Style Auto, offering precise control over the colours within each scene based on information drawn from the EOS Scene Detection System. Picture Style Auto works not only with normal scenes, but is especially suited for nature scenes such as sunsets.

Auto Lighting Optimizer

The Auto Lighting Optimizer (ALO) automatically corrects the image brightness and contrast for images suffering from underexposure, low contrast, or backlit situations, assisted by face detection technology. With DIGIC 5+'s low-noise image processing and corrective algorithm, the correction is performed without affecting the natural gradation.

The EOS-1D X now incorporates the EOS Scene Detection System to achieve the best balance of brightness and contrast for images taken under different conditions, including sunset and high-saturation scenes. When used with evaluative metering, the Auto Lighting Optimizer ensures the correct exposure of both the subject and background.

Clear View II LCD

The EOS-1D Xs 3.2-inch LCD monitor has 1.04 million dots with a viewing angle of 170. Clear View II has been designed to combat glare by removing the air gap between the LCDs protective cover and the liquid crystal display. The air gap is filled with a photo-elastic material, which suppresses the reflections from the surface of the liquid crystal, caused by the sharp change in refractive index as light travels through the air gap.

Intelligent viewfinder

The intelligent viewfinder of the EOS-1D X offers 100% coverage of the scene and offers a .76x magnification to ensure every detail can be viewed up close. The EOS-1D X is the first EOS to provide AF information and a grid display using a translucent LCD to help improve the viewfinders utility beyond simply framing a shot.

EOS Integrated Cleaning System

The EOS Integrated Cleaning System combats sensor dust in three important ways: Reduce, Repel and Remove.

1. Reduce Internal camera mechanisms are designed to minimise dust generation. The body cap prevents dust generation through wear on the cap itself.

2. Repel Anti-static technologies, including a special fluorine coating, are applied to the low-pass filter covering the front of the sensor so as not to attract dust. An anti-dust fluorine coating on the front surface of the sensors protective glass layer also makes it easier to repel stickier or damp dust particles.

3. Remove Improving on the previous ultrasound-based cleaning system that used hi-frequency vibrations to shake dust from the infrared filter for a period of approximately one second after each start up, the EOS-1D X features a new carrier-wave-based Self-Cleaning Sensor Unit derived from Canons USM technology. The new system rolls dust particles to the edge of the sensor, and is highly effective in removing even small particles that only become visible when using small apertures such as f/22 or higher.

Canon Dust Delete Data system, which can map the position of visible dust on the sensor. This can then be deleted automatically after the shoot with the latest Digital Photo Professional software.



Digital Photo Professional Software

Digital Photo Professional software provides high speed, high quality processing of lossless RAW images. Processing with Digital Photo Professional allows real-time display and immediate application of image adjustments, giving control over RAW image variables such as white balance, dynamic range, exposure compensation, noise reduction and colour tone plus the ability to view Auto Focus points on an image. The Lens Aberration correction tool allows precise correction of different types of distortion and chromatic aberration. A new optical enhancement function optimises image quality by maximizing optical performance.

Digital Photo Professional supports sRGB, Adobe RGB, ColorMatch RGB, Apple RGB and Wide Gamut RGB colour spaces. ICC (International Colour Consortium) profiles can be attached to TIFF or JPEG images when converted from RAW. This allows faithful reproduction of colours in software applications that support ICC profiles, such as Adobe Photoshop. For improved efficiency, a set of image adjustments can be saved as a recipe and applied.

EOS Utility

The latest version of EOS Utility provides essential support for Live View remote shooting, camera configuration and image transfers. Tightly integrated with Digital Photo Professional, EOS Utility can be configured to monitor hot folders, automatically renaming and moving incoming images to a structured file system. Users can also tag their images with EXIF data, including copyright information.

Picture Style Editor

Picture Style Editor allows photographers to create individual Picture Styles that meet their personal requirements. Each Picture Style contains detailed information on how specific colours should be represented within an image. Once new Picture Styles have been created, they can be uploaded directly into the camera and applied to JPEG or RAW images. When working with RAW files in DPP, both personal Picture Styles and predetermined Picture Styles can all be adjusted.

Performance redefined – Canon unlocks new possibilities for professional photographers with the EOS-1D X

United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, 18th October 2011

Canon today announces the arrival of the EOS-1D X – its next generation professional Digital SLR (DSLR). Offering an unparalleled combination of speed, resolution and image quality, the EOS-1D X is the ultimate camera for capturing stunning images and Full HD movies. Whether shooting in the studio, the sports field, or anywhere in between, this model is ideal for virtually any professional photographer. The new model launches as the flagship in Canon’s DSLR line up – marking the 10th generation of Canon’s professional system with the most advanced EOS model ever produced.

The culmination of 40 years’ experience in developing professional cameras, the EOS-1D X represents a new era for the EOS system and supersedes both the

EOS-1D Mark IV and the EOS-1Ds Mark III. Combining a new 18.1MP full-frame sensor, a redesigned autofocus (AF) system and powerful new metering technology with new dual “DIGIC 5+” processors, this camera has been designed to offer unparalleled usability and image quality – ensuring any scene is captured with greater accuracy and speed than ever before.

“The EOS-1D X is the ultimate camera for all types of photographer” said Kieran Magee, Professional Marketing Director, Canon Europe. “Professionals often shoot in fast-paced, high pressure situations, and the EOS-1D X provides the features and performance they need. We’ve carefully listened to the needs of professionals and created a versatile, powerful camera that will meet the requirements of more photographers than ever before.”

Setting new standards

The EOS-1D X offers a comprehensively-upgraded specification that’s packed with new technologies. A newly-developed full-frame 18.1 Megapixel CMOS sensor offers exceptional flexibility, allowing photographers to shoot a wider range of scenes and subjects in high resolution. Redesigned architecture offers an incredible ISO range of 100-51200, expandable up to 204800, while dual “DIGIC 5+” processors offer a 2-stop improvement in noise performance – making it easier to capture outstanding quality, low noise images, even in extreme low-light conditions.

The new 61-point wide-area autofocus system offers even greater sensitivity, delivering increased precision and speed. With 41 cross-type points, including five dual cross-type points, the camera’s AF system offers unsurpassed accuracy across the frame, while new AF pre-sets are specifically designed for shooting common challenging subjects – providing exceptional reliability in notoriously difficult shooting situations.

The EOS-1D X also features a newly-designed RGB metering system, providing incredible levels of accuracy. A 100,000 pixel RGB metering sensor is linked to the AF system and powered by its own dedicated DIGIC 4 processor, detecting faces and colour to ensure correct exposure levels and improved AF tracking, even when shooting the most challenging of scenes.

Extreme power

Powered by next-generation processing technology, the EOS-1D X is the first-ever camera to feature dual “DIGIC 5+” processors. Offering performance up to three times faster than standard DIGIC 5, each processor is designed to manage huge levels of image data while simultaneously reducing image noise. In combination with the sensor’s 16-channel read-out, the dual processors enable full-resolution continuous shooting up to 12fps with 14-bit A/D conversion and full camera operation – the fastest of any DSLR currently available (according to Canon research, correct as of September 2011).  A super high-speed mode extends the shooting speed to 14fps (JPEG format only), while a new shutter and mirror mechanism reduces shutter lag and mirror bounce, delivering consistently high performance when shooting at high speed.

The film-maker’s DSLR

The EOS-1D X is ideal for all professionals who want to exploit the EOS system’s extensive selection of lenses and accessories – whether shooting stills or HD movies. Users can record Full HD (1920x1080p) movies from the full-frame sensor with a full range of manual settings to control exposure, focus and frame rate (1920 x 1080: 30 (29.97), 25, 24 (23.976) frames per second, 1280 x 720: 60 (59.94), 50 fps, 640 x 480: 30 (29.97), 25 fps), while sound levels can also be displayed and adjusted on the LCD screen, ensuring complete control over every aspect of a shoot.

Thanks to the power provided by the dual “DIGIC 5+” processors moir artefacts are also reduced, while EOS Movie now offers longer recording options, automatically creating a new file once the 4GB file limit has been reached. A new intra frame video codec also maintains the highest possible video quality, limiting compression of image data so users retain increased levels of information for post-production editing.

Designed for professionals

The EOS-1D X offers a carefully revised version of the classic EOS-1 series design, with larger, more tactile buttons that make it easier for users to control settings – even in extreme conditions where gloves are required. Two multi-controllers and a touch-sensitive control wheel, for use in movie mode, make it easier to change settings, while a range of customisable function buttons allow users to set-up the camera to suit their individual needs by allowing shortcuts to the features and pre-sets they use most.

A 100% viewfinder makes framing each scene easy, while intelligent viewfinder functionality instantly adds a grid display when required. A large, 8.11cm (3.2”) Clear View II LCD screen offers a 1040K-dot resolution, and the anti-reflective structure prevents light reflections or glare when viewing images in bright conditions. A hardened glass cover also provides resistance to knocks and scratches commonly picked up while shooting on the move.

The menu system also features a comprehensively redesigned user interface, incorporating Help functions to make camera operation faster, clearer and easier. Additionally, a new dedicated AF tab allows photographers to access and customise AF pre-sets for common shooting situations or subjects, allowing users to concentrate on capturing the moment without the need to constantly adjust camera settings.

Built to last

The EOS-1D X offers a highly durable body constructed from high-grade magnesium alloy that provides protection against both the elements and the knocks of everyday use. The latest implementation of Canon’s EOS Integrated Cleaning System also uses technology adopted from Canon lenses, using wave-based vibrations similar to that of Ultrasonic Motors to shake dust and dirt from the sensor even more effectively.

An enhanced shutter mechanism also provides extended durability, providing 400K shutter cycles so photographers can rely on their camera to meet the challenge of repeated, demanding shoots. The EOS-1D X also features Canon’s protective sealing around the controls and cover seams, making the camera dust and water-resistant when combined with Canon’s range of weather-resistant EF lenses – perfect for shooting in a range of weather conditions.

Enhanced connectivity also ensures photographers can send images to picture desks or studios quickly and securely. An integrated gigabit ethernet port provides a fast, reliable way to transfer images from on-location events or in a studio, without the need for an adaptor.

The EOS System – unrestricted creativity

As part of the award-winning EOS System, the EOS-1D X is compatible with the world’s largest selection of lenses, Speedlite EX flash units and an extensive range of accessories. The ideal upgrade for existing EOS-1D Mark IV and EOS-1Ds Mark III users, it’s also compatible with numerous EOS accessories, allowing the new body to seamlessly join any existing EOS-1 series kitbag.

In addition, launching alongside the EOS-1D X is the new WFT-E6 – a new, compact WiFi transmitter designed for transferring images when a wired connection isn’t available. Supporting the 802.11n WiFi standard and offering Bluetooth support for connectivity to external GPS devices, the WFT-E6 offers secure transfer of images and video to an FTP server, or the ability to display content on a compatible screen over a DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance) connection.

The EOS-1D X will also be compatible with a new GPS receiver – the GP-E1. Enabling users to add location information to EXIF data and geographically track the progress of travelling shoot, the GP-E1 is particularly useful for wildlife or location-based photographers who may need to record the location of a scene for future reference.


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