Canon EOS-1D X Mark II Brief Review



  • 20.2 megapixel APS-C sensor
  • Low pass filter
  • ISO 200-51200
  • Shutter speed 30 sec. To 1/8000 (plus Bulb)
  • 61-point dual pixel autofocus system
  • Burst mode up to 14 fps (16 fps in Live View) (may vary based on shutter speed, aperture, lens and remaining battery)
  • 14 bit RAW and M and S RAW files
  • 4K video at 60 fps
  • 3.2” LCD
  • GPS
  • Wi-Fi accessory sold separately
  • Records to CF card
  • Weighs 53.97 oz. (1530g)
  • Release Date: 2016-05-01
  • Final Grade: 98 4.9 Star Rating: Recommended

Canon EOS 1D X Mark II offers top speed, video quality
Canon's flagship DSLR is all about speed--boasting burst speeds up to 16 fps and 4K video at 60 fps.
By Hillary Grigonis, Last updated on: 5/8/2016

Canon's 2016 flagship DSLR boasts impressive speeds of up to 16 fps, but that's certainly not all the high-end DSLR offers. As Canon's top offering, it's packed with plenty of features for the most demanding professionals.

Canon bumped up the sensor to a 20 megapixel APS-C option over the older 1 DX's 18. While Nikon has started removing the optical low pass filter for a greater level of detail, instead opting for a random pixel array on the sensor to prevent moire, Canon is keeping theirs in place (and for what it's worth, the filters tend to do better than the sensor pixel rearrangement for fine pattern distortion).

The 1 DX II offers a pretty impressive burst speed, up to 16 fps when using Live View and up to 14 fps with the viewfinder. That's combined with an 81-point autofocus mode that should meet the needs of even the most demanding sports photographers. Shutter speeds hit 1/8000, with a flash sync of 1/250.

But the 1 DX II certainly isn't just about still photos. The camera boasts not just 4K video, but a 60 fps frame rate at that, where most high resolution cameras settle at 30 fps to achieve the 4K.

Canon EOS 1 DX Mark II Vs. Nikon D5

Canon announced their flagship just a few weeks after Nikon revealed the D5. As with past models, the Canon offers the advantage in a few areas, while Nikon offers the top specs in others. The 1 DX II offers 4K video at 60 fps, and while the D5 also offers 4K, that's only at 30 fps. Canon also offers a higher burst speed for stills, with the D5 topping out at 12 fps (14 fps with the mirror locked). Both offer a similar sensor size and megapixel count, though Nikon has eliminated the optical low pass filter.

The D5, though, has up to 152 points in the autofocus system, more than double the 1 DX II's. Nikon has also pushed the ISO limits to over three million, which offers some pretty interesting low light possibilities, though it's debatable how often users will push the ISO that high and how much noise that high setting will create. And while the D5 includes Ethernet for fast transfer speeds, the 1 DX II requires the purchase of an adapter for wi-fi. The Nikon also costs about $500 more.

The Canon 1 DX II is one of the best cameras that lots (and lots) of money can buy. While the Nikon D5 offers a wider ISO range, more autofocus points and Ethernet, the 1D X II is a bit faster and offers a higher frame rate for 4K video.

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