Canon’s EOS-1D X Mark II DSLR camera has a 20.2MP 35mm CMOS Canon-EOS1DX-MarkII-3
sensor, and captures high-res still images at up to 14 fps, and HD video
up to 4K 60p - both with dual pixel CMOS AF.

Canon 1D X Mark II Shoots 4K 60p Video with Dual Pixel CMOS AF

The new Canon EOS-1D X Mark II DSLR camera has a 20.2 megapixel 35mm full frame Canon CMOS sensor and dual DIGIC 6+ image processors. The camera can capture high-resolution still images at speeds up to 14 fps, and HD video up to 4K 60p - both with Canon’s proprietary dual pixel CMOS AF system, compatible with all Canon EF lenses.


For stills, continuous shooting speeds of up to 14 fps can be achieved with Auto Exposure and predictive AF for viewfinder shooting, and up to 16 fps in Live View mode, a real time view to assist shot preparation. The dual DIGIC 6+ image processors can transfer image data at high speed for extended bursts during continuous shooting – up to 170 consecutive RAW images at 14 fps depending on memory card capacity.

Coverage for the 61-point viewfinder High-Density Reticular AF II has been expanded. All auto focus points are selectable, plus up to 41 cross-type points depending on the lens in use, and supported to a maximum aperture of f/8, including when using EF super-telephoto lenses with an EF extender.

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The f/8 capability on all 61 AF points may especially benefit wildlife photographers who frequently have to use very long lenses. The AI Servo III+ predictive AF algorithm is improved for accuracy. Within the camera’s Intelligent Viewfinder II, The AF points are continuously illuminated in red.

Photographers can also shoot high resolution DCI 4K video at frame rates up to 60p, also with the dual pixel CMOS AF, recording footage to an in-camera CFast 2.0 memory card. An extra card slot supports standard CF memory cards up to transfer mode UDMA 7, or 167MB/sec, and a built-in headphone jack supports real-time audio monitoring. Two EOS functions, 4K Frame Grab and 120p full-HD recording, are available. 4K Frame Grab isolates a frame from recorded 4K video and creates an 8.8 megapixel JPEG still image, in-camera.

Shooting at a frame rate of 120p, combined with the high-sensitivity CMOS sensor, makes it possible to produce effective slow motion video in extremely low light.

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Continuous AF, even during 4K recording, is possible due to the Dual Pixel CMOS AF. Focus points can be selected automatically, or specified on the touch panel LCD screen. Focus throughout the frame can be confirmed by enlarging stills grabbed from video recordings. The EOS-1D X Mark II's Movie Servo AF is compatible with all frame rates and resolutions, and can be customized to set tracking sensitivity, AF speed and Face Tracking priority. Selecting the camera’s centre AF point before and during video recording makes video auto focus more responsive, accurate and quiet, similar to a camcorder.

The camera also has a wider dynamic range and less colour noise compared to its predecessor, across its ISO speed range of 100 – 51,200. Expansion ISO speeds of 50, 102,400, 204,800 and 409,600 are also available, and it has a more precise 360,000-pixel RGB+IR metering sensor with better performance, improving facial recognition and tracking, and natural scenery.


The Auto Exposure system can detect and compensate for flickering light sources such as the sodium vapor lamps sometimes used in gymnasiums and swimming pools. When enabled, this anti-flicker system automatically adjusts shutter release timing to help reduce disparities in exposure and colour especially during continuous burst shooting.

The optional Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E8 gives the 1D X Mark II updated wireless functionality supporting the new high-speed IEEE 802.11ac standard. Users can then transfer photos and videos to compatible smartphones using Canon’s Camera Connect app.

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The Mk II camera is compatible with both CF and CFast memory cards. It also has some improved controls and more in-camera image quality adjustments than before, including a Digital Lens Optimizer function that helps correct aberration without going out to an external computer. This makes it easier for photographers working in situations where a personal computer is impractical to deliver finished files to clients.

The EOS-1D X Mark II has a built-in GPS receiver with compass for geo-tagged latitude, longitude, elevation and direction, useful to wildlife photographers and photojournalists who need to track their locations. Sports photographers can use the geo-tagging to very precisely sync a multiple-camera setup. If required, the GPS can be used to automatically sync the camera’s time to the atomic clock as well.

The Canon EOS-1D X Mark II is scheduled to begin shipping to dealers in the US in April 2016.