Canon today released details on its upcoming flagship digital SLR camera, the Canon EOS-1D X. This is a professional grade camera, so it’s out of reach for most in terms of cost, and more highly-specced than most of us need. Still, it’s good for all of us to look at cameras like this, as some top-end features trickle down to lesser cameras over time.
The ‘greatest hits’ of the Canon EOS EOS-1D X include its 35-mm Full-Frame CMOS sensor, providing pixel size of 6.95 microns and 18.1-megapixel image resolution. Image processing is handled by not one, but Dual DiG!C 5+ chips. Shutter release time has been pared down to 36 milliseconds, while the ISO has been dialled up to a range of 100 to 51200. The processing power doesn’t stop with the DIGIC 5+ chips, there is also a DiG!C 4 image processor looking after the exposure metering.
In addition to high speed shooting and high resolution still images, the Canon EOS-1D X shoots full high definition video – 1920×1080 at 24/25 frames per second, at a movie ISO range of 100-25600.
“The EOS-1D X is a truly ground-breaking camera developed in response to requests from professional photographers for an all-round camera that combines both speed and image quality,” said Cathy Hattersley, Brand Manager – EOS Professional, Canon Australia. “The EOS-1D X is the ultimate all-rounder for professionals from sport, photojournalism and nature photography through to studio, fashion and wedding/portrait work, also offering the ability to capture Full HD movies and comply with video industry standards.”
Canon EOS-1D X – price and availability
The Canon EOS-1D X will go on sale in March 2012, with the price to be announced closer to the launch date. Based on previous models, think somewhere north of $6,000.
Canon EOS-1D X – main features
Autofocus (AF) continuous shooting at 12 fps (14 fps with mirror lock-up)
Full-Frame 18.1MP CMOS sensor with large pixel size and gapless microlens technology
ISO range 100-51200 (L:50; H2: 204800) and low noise for high quality in all lighting conditions, including near-dark
Full High Definition movie recording, video industry standards compliance (ALL-I, IPB)
Dual DiG!C 5+ image processors for high-speed processing and noise reduction
New AF system features 61 AF points (41 cross points) for precise focussing accuracy
Unique Auto Exposure (AE) metering uses RGB colour and face recognition for enhanced subject tracking