Canon EOS-1D X Brief Review


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  • 18.1 megapixel full frame CMOS sensor
  • 14 fps continuous shooting
  • 1080p video with mono sound and manual control
  • RAW capture
  • Manual modes
  • 3.2-inch LCD
  • Lithium-ion battery
  • Release Date: 2012-06-01
  • Final Grade: 94 4.7 Star Rating: Recommended

Canon EOS-1D X
With 14 fps continuous shooting, Canon's top of the line DSLR is ideal for the professional sports shooter.
By Hillary Grigonis, Last updated on: 2/4/2016

Hey! You should know that Canon has released a newer version of this product: the Canon EOS-1D X Mark II.

Canon's top-of-the-line DSLR replaces both the 1D Mark IV and 1Ds Mark III in one fell swoop. With a new full frame 18 megapixel sensor, the 1D X has the resolution to please studio shooters and the frame rate, at 14 fps, to appeal to sports photographers and photojournalists. Expect incredibly clean ISOs in even the lowest light conditions. And as with the D4, the 1D X adds a host of video features along with a mic input for those increasingly focused on both video and stills. Interestingly, there's no high-speed XQD slot included and the price sits around $6750, a full $750 more than the D4. Still, testing is beginning to show that Canon's newest autofocus has leapfrogged Nikon's and put this camera in the lead.

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Canon is not generally a cheap brand by any means. In spite of this, Canon digital cameras have achieved the best buy status. This proves that you get great value for the extra money. In the past few years, Canon has begun releasing several types that are more inexpensive, without cutting quality.

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The second type of Canon camera is the EOS line—the DSLRs. The EOS line has a solid reputation as well for performance across the board, including video. Canon has a wide range of options available too, from top of the line full frame professional models to small, entry-level DSLRs.

While other manufacturers are concentrating on mirrorless models and packing more power into smaller cameras, Canon doesn't seem to be following that trend exactly. They've released some smaller DSLRs like the SL1, but haven't been putting time into mirrorless models. Whether this is good or bad is a matter of personal opinion, but the models that are out there are, more often than not, solid performers.

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