Canon EOS-1D X Preview: Features & Specifications

Tuesday 18 October, 2011 Canon has launched the New Canon EOS-1D X DSLR camera. It is next generation professional Digital SLR Camera that offers an unparalleled performance at speed, resolution and image quality that allow you to capture stunning images and Full HD movies. The camera has a full-frame 18-megapixel images sensor, a continuous shooting speed of 14 fps (12fps with AF) and a new 61-point AF system equipped with dual DIGIC 5+ image processors and 14-bit analogue-to-digital signal conversion including high sensitivity ISO 100-51,200 which make the camera be an ideal DSLR camera for professional photographers. The Canon EOS-1D X digital SLR camera will be available in the market with an estimated retail price of $6,800 in a body-only on March 2012.

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Features

Canon EOS-1D X Features

Design & Handling

The camera offers a highly durable body constructed from high-grade magnesium allow which provides protection the elements with larger design and more tactile buttons to make it easier for users control settings. It has two multi-controllers and a touch-sensitive control wheel to make easier settings in movie mode with a 100% viewfinder to provides framing each scene easier. Canon EOS-1D X also using wave-based vibrations similar to that of Ultrasonic Motors to shake dust and dirt from the sensor even more effectively. The Live View Button has been conveniently placed near the user’s thumb for one-touch switching between Live View and Viewfinder shooting including the Quick Control Button and menu navigation controls that easier for users settings.

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The Canon EOS-1D X also offers dual CF card slots to enhanced storage capacity and comes with built-in LAN connection for connectivity that provides a stable wired connection for ultra-fast data transmission, make the camera is great choice for professional photographer. All re-design exterior and ergonomic button configuration of the camera Canon EOS-1D X make it feels comfortable in your right hand.

High Speed Images Sensor

The Canon EOS-1D X camera offers a high speed with three DIGIC processors including Dual DIGIC 5+ image processors capable of delivering approximately 17 times more processing speed than DIGIC 4, and a dedicated DIGIC 4 for metering and AF control. The Dual DIGIC 5+ processors provide high-speed continuous shooting, lower noise, and a significant increase in data processing speed. The new 18-megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor use large pixels than the EOS-1D Mark IV sensor and the EOS 5D Mark II sensor that has improved for outstanding image quality, even in extremely low light. The Canon DIGIC 4 processor has 100,000-pixel RGB Metering Sensor and utilizes 252 zones for general metering or 35 zones for low-light metering that help to adjust exposure, autofocus, Auto Lighting Optimizer and Automatic Picture Style to capture superb image quality.

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Full HD Video Recording

The camera offers two new compression video formats including intraframe (ALL-i ) compression for an editing-friendly format and interframe (IPB) compression for superior data compression that ideal for professional workflow. The new file splitting function provides continuous video recording up to 29 minutes and 59 seconds across multiple 4GB files that can be recorded in either NTSC or PAL standards with Full HD at 1920 x 1080 in selectable frame rates of 24p (23.976), 25p, or 30p (29.97); and 720p HD or SD video recording at either 50p or 60p (59.94). SD video. Equipped with the new EOS iTR (Intelligent Tracking and Recognition) AF options including 14-bit A/D data conversion and capable of shooting an incredible 12 frames-per-second (fps) ideal for wedding and event photography as well as sports and photojournalism.

Accessories
The new Canon WFT-E6A Wireless File Transmitter features wireless LAN support for 802.11n network transfer rates is included in this camera to provide users with increased communication speed. Equipped with this new dust and weather resistant model, photographer can synchronize clocks on multiple cameras and use the unit to support linked shooting when utilizing multiple cameras. In addition, Bluetooth-compatible equipment can be easily linked to the device as well. The EOS-1D X also offers an optional Canon GP-E1 GPS Receiver, which can be easily integrated into the camera’s body.

Canon EOS-1D X features Highlight
* 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

Specifications

Type
Digital, AF/AE single-lens reflex camera

Recording Media
Dual CF Cards (Type I or II)
Compatible with UDMA 7 CF cards

Image Format
Approx. 36 mm x 24mm (35 mm Full-frame)

Compatible Lenses
Canon EF Lenses

Lens Mount
Canon EF mount

Image Sensor

Type
High-sensitivity, high-resolution, large single-plate CMOS sensor

Pixels
Effective pixels: Approx. 18.1 megapixels

Total Pixels
19.3 megapixels

Aspect Ratio
3:2 (Horizontal:Vertical)

Color Filter System
RGB primary color filters

Low Pass Filter
Fixed position in front of the image sensor

Dust Deletion Feature
(1) Self Cleaning Sensor Unit
Carrier wave type
Removes dust adhering to the infrared- and ultraviolet-blocking glass.
Self-cleaning executed automatically (taking about 1.8 sec.) when power is turned on or off. Manual execution also possible (taking about 5.2 sec.).
Low-pass filter has a fluorine coating.

(2) Dust Delete Data acquisition and appending
The coordinates of the dust adhering to the infrared- and ultraviolet-blocking glass are detected by a test shot and appended to subsequent images.
The dust coordinate data appended to the image is used by the provided software to automatically erase the dust spots.

(3) Manual cleaning

Recording System

Recording Format
Design Rule for Camera File System 2.0 and EXIF 2.3

Image Format
Still Image: JPEG, RAW (14-bit Canon Original), M-RAW, S-RAW, RAW+JPEG, M-RAW+JPEG, S-RAW+JPEG

Video: MOV (Image data: H.264; Audio: Linear PCM)

File Size
(1) Large: Approx. 17.9 Megapixels (5184 x 3456)
(2) M1: Approx. 14.20 Megapixels (4608 x 3072)
(3) M2: Approx. 8.00 Megapixels (3456 x 2304)
(4) Small: Approx. 4.5 Megapixels (2592 x 1728)
(5) RAW: Approx. 17.90 Megapixels (5184 x 3456)
(6) M-RAW: Approx. 10.10 Megapixels (3888 x 2592)
(7) S-RAW: Approx. 4.50 Megapixels (2592 x 1728)
Exact file sizes depend on the subject, ISO speed, Picture Style, etc.

Recording Functions
1. Standard
Select one of the CF cards to record.
2. Auto switch card
When the current card becomes full, the camera switches to the other card automatically.
3. Record separately
The same image is saved to both cards, but in a different size (L, M1, M2, S, RAW, M-RAW, or S-RAW) that was set for the respective card.
4. Record to multiple
The same image is saved to both cards in the same size (RAW+JPEG also possible).

Backup Recording
N/A

File Numbering
Consecutive numbering, auto reset, manual reset.
Possible to create new folders and select folders in the CF card

RAW + JPEG Simultaneous Recording
The image-recording quality can be selected in any combination of the three RAW and four JPEG recording quality settings.

Color Space
sRGB, Adobe RGB

Picture Style
Auto, Standard, Portrait, Landscape, Neutral, Faithful, Monochrome, User Defined 1-3

White Balance

Settings
Auto, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten Light, White Fluorescent Light, Flash, Custom, Color Temperature setting

Auto White Balance
Auto white balance with the image sensor

Color Temperature Compensation
Blue/amber bias: ±9 levels
Magenta/green bias: ±9 levels
*Corrected in reference to the current WB mode’s color temperature.

Color Temperature Information Transmission
Provided

Viewfinder

Type
Eye-level pentaprism

Coverage
Vertical/Horizontal approx. 100%

Magnification
Approx. 0.76x (-1m-1 with 50mm lens at infinity) / 35.0° angle of view

Eye Point
Approx. 20mm (At -1m-1 from eyepiece lens center)

Dioptric Adjustment Correction
-3.0 to +1.0 m-1 (diopter)

Focusing Screen
Interchangeable

Mirror
Quick-return half mirror (transmission: reflectance ratio of 40:60)

Viewfinder Information
- AF information (AF point, focus confirmation, 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, high-speed sync, FE lock, flash exposure compensation)
- Image information (White balance correction, highlight-tone priority (D+), maximum burst (2-digit display), CF card information, JPEG/RAW indicator)
- Battery check
- Composition information (Grid, electronic level)

Depth Of Field Preview
Enabled with depth-of-field preview button

Autofocus

Type
TTL-AREA-SIR AF-dedicated CMOS sensor

AF Points
61-point AF
*One to five cross-type AF points at f/2.8, 10 to 20 cross-type AF points at f/4, and 15 to 21 cross-type AF points at f/5.6. (The number of cross-type AF points will differ depending on the lens.)

Focusing Modes
(1) Autofocus
One-Shot AF
Predictive AI Servo AF

* For automatic AF point selection, the AF point to start the AI Servo AF operation can be selected.
* For automatic AF point selection, the active AF point can be displayed.

AI Focus AF (Switches between One-Shot AF and AI SERVO AF automatically)
(2) Manual focus (MF)

AF Point Selection
1. Single-point AF (Manual selection)
2. Auto selection 61-point AF
3. Single-point Spot AF (Manual selection)
4 .AF point expansion (Manual selection, 4 points: up, down, left, and right)
5. AF point expansion (Manual selection, surrounding 8 points)
6. Zone AF (Manual zone selection)

Selected AF Point Display
Indicated by transmissive LCD display in the viewfinder and on the LCD panel

Active AF Point Indicator
AF Area and AF Point Selection
From the Orientation Linked AF Point menu, the AF area and manually-selectable AF point can be set separately for horizontal and vertical (camera grip at the top or bottom) shooting.

AF Function Registration/Switching
With a Custom Function, four types of AF function settings can be registered in a group: 1. AF area selection mode, 2. AI Servo tracking sensitivity, 3. AI Servo AF tracking method, and 4. AI Servo 1st/2nd img priority.
* This function can be assigned to the depth-of-field preview button or lens A stop button by customizing camera controls/buttons (Custom Controls).

AF Assist Beam
When an external EOS-dedicated Speedlite is attached to the camera, the AF-assist beam from the Speedlite will be emitted when necessary.

Exposure Control

Metering Modes
252-zone metering with approx. 100,000-pixel RGB AE sensor and TTL maximum aperture metering employed. The following metering modes selectable:
(1) Evaluative metering (linked to all AF points)
(2) Partial metering (center, approx. TBA% of viewfinder)
(3) Spot metering (center, approx. TBA% of viewfinder)
1. Center spot metering
2. AF point-linked spot metering (Custom Function)
-Linkable to all AF points.
-With automatic AF point selection, center spot metering is set.
3. Multi-spot metering
– Up to eight multi-spot meter readings can be taken.
(4) Center-weighted average metering
1. The selectable metering modes can be restricted with a Custom Function.

Metering Range
EV 0 – EV 20 (at 73°F/23°C with 50mm f/1.4 lens, ISO 100)

Exposure Control Systems
Program AE (Shiftable), Shutter-priority AE, Aperture-priority AE, Manual exposure, Bulb, E-TTL II autoflash program AE

ISO Speed Range
Automatically set, ISO 100-51200 (in 1/3-stop or 1-stop increments)
Basic Zone modes: ISO 100-51200 set automatically
Extension settable: ISO 50; 102,400 and 204,800

Exposure Compensation
Manual: ±5 stops in 1/3- or 1/2-stop increments
AEB: ±3 stops in 1/3- or 1/2-stop increments
* Indicated up to ±3 stops on the LCD panel and in the viewfinder.

AE Lock
(1) Auto AE lock

In the One-Shot AF mode with evaluative metering, AE lock takes effect when focus is achieved.

(2) Manual AE lock

With AE lock button. (AE lock is updated each time you press the button.) Enabled in all metering modes.

Shutter
Vertical-travel, mechanical, Electronically-controlled, focal-plane shutter 1/8000 to 1/30 sec., bulb, X-sync at 1/250 sec.

Shutter speed’s control range can be set with a Custom Function.

Soft-touch electromagnetic release 10-sec. delay, 2-sec. delay

Type
Vertical-travel, mechanical, Electronically-controlled, focal-plane shutter

Shutter Speeds
1/8000 to 1/30 sec., bulb, X-sync at 1/250 sec.

Shutter speed’s control range can be set with a Custom Function.

Shutter Release
Soft-touch electromagnetic release

Self Timer
10-sec. delay, 2-sec. delay

External Speedlite

EOS Dedicated Speedlite
E-TTL II autoflash with all EX Series Speedlites

Zooming to Match Focal Length
Provided

Flash Metering
E-TTL II autoflash

Flash Exposure Compensation
±3 stops in 1/3- or 1/2-stop increments

FE Lock
Provided

External Flash Settings
1) External Flash Control

Flash mode, sync setting, FEB (not with 270EX II / 270EX), flash exposure compensation, E-TTL II, zoom, wireless master flash, (not with 430EX II / 270EX), and clear settings.

2) Flash Custom Function Setting

PC Terminal
Provided; accepts third-party flash units with sync line voltages up to 250V maximum

Drive System

Drive Modes
Single, High-speed continuous, Low-speed continuous, Silent Single Shooting and Self-timer (10-sec. self-timer/remote control, or 2-sec. self-timer/remote control)

Continuous Shooting Speed
Super High-speed: Maximum 14 shots/sec.
High-speed: Maximum 12 shots/sec.
Low-speed: Maximum 3 shots/sec.

Maximum Burst
The maximum burst during continuous shooting is as follows:
JPEG Large: Approx: TBA
UDMA CF Card: Approx: TBA
RAW: Approx: TBA
UDMA 7 CF Card: Approx. TBA

Live View Functions

Shooting Modes
Still photo and video recording

Focusing
Quick mode (61- Point Phase-difference detection AF)
Live mode/Face detection Live mode (One-Point Contrast detection AF, switching to another point possible)
Face detection Live mode (Contrast AF, Face Selectable)
Manual focusing (5x/10x magnification possible)

Metering Modes
Real-time Evaluative metering with the image sensor

Metering Range
Real-time evaluative metering with image sensor:

Metering range: EV 0 – EV 20 (At 73°F/23°C, 50mm f/1.4 lens, ISO 100)
AE lock possible
The active metering time can be changed.

Grid Display
Three grid display provided

Exposure Simulation
Possible

Silent Shooting
Provided

Video Shooting

File Format
MOV (image data: H.264; audio: Linear PCM)

Internal monaural microphone
External stereo microphone jack available

File Size
Recording Sizes:
1920 x 1080 (Full HD), 1280 x 720 and 640 x 480

Frame Rates
[1920 x 1080]: 30 fps / 25 fps / 24 fps
[1280 x 720]: 60 fps / 50 fps
[640 x 480]: 30 fps / 25 fps

Continuous Shooting Time
Recording Times based on 8 GB Memory Card:

[1920 x 1080]
30 fps: ALL-I (TBA) / IPB (TBA)
25 fps ALL-I (TBA) / IPB (TBA)
24 fps ALLI-I (TBA) / IPB (TBA)

[1280 x 720]
60 fps: ALL-I (TBA) / IPB (TBA)
50 fps ALL-I (TBA) / IPB (TBA)

[640 x 480]
30 fps: IPB (TBA)
25 fps: IPB (TBA)

Focusing
Same as Live View Shooting

Exposure Control
Program AE, Manual exposure

Exposure Compensation
±3 stops in 1/3- or 1/2-stop increments

LCD Monitor

Type
TFT color, liquid-crystal monitor

Monitor Size
3.2-inches

Pixels
Approx. 1.04 million dots

Coverage
Approx. 100%
Viewing angle: 170°

Brightness Control
7 levels provided

Playback

Display Format
Single image, Single image + Image-recording quality/shooting information, histogram, 4- or 9-image index, magnified view (approx. 1.5x-10x), rotated image (auto/manual), image jump (by 10/100 images, index screen, by shooting date, by folder), slide show (all images/selected by date/folder), star rating

Highlight Alert
With single-image display (Info.) and single-image display, overexposed highlight areas will blink

Image Protection and Erase

Protection
Erase protection can be applied or canceled for a single image, all images in a folder or all images in the card

Erase
Erase a single image, selected images, all images in a folder, all images in a card or erase only unprotected images

Direct Printing

Compatible Printers
PictBridge-compatible printers

Printable Images
RAW and JPEG images complying to Design rule for Camera File System

- Movies cannot be printed.

DPOF: Digital Print Order Format

DPOF
Version 1.1 compatible

Direct Image Transfer

Compatible Images
JPEG and RAW images and movies

For RAW+JPEG, only the RAW or JPEG image or both images can be transferred

Customization

Custom Functions
Total 31

Camera User Settings
Current camera settings can be registered to C1, C2 and C3 on the Mode Dial (Automatic registration update is possible)

My Menu Registration
Up to six top-tier menu options and Custom Function settings can be registered

Power Source

Battery
One Battery Pack LP-E4N or LP-E4
AC power can be supplied with the AC Adapter Kit ACK-E4

Battery Check
Automatic battery check when the power switch is turned on:
Displayed in 6 levels:

Battery level displayed on LCD panel and in viewfinder.
Battery information can be checked with the [Battery info.] menu

Power Saving
Power turns off after the set time (1, 2, 4, 8, 15 or 30 minutes) of non-operation elapses.

Date/Time Battery
CR2025 lithium battery

Start-up Time
Approx. 0.1 sec

Dimensions and Weight

Dimensions (W x H x D)
Approx. 6.2 x 6.4 x 3.3 in. (158 x 163.6 x 82.7 mm)

Weight
TBA

Operating Environment

Working Temperature Range
32-104°F/0-40°C

Working Humidity Range
85% or less

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