Feb 02 2016
|Sensor Type||Full frame|
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Overview of the EOS-1D X Mark II
As a professional photographer, your camera is your most important piece of equipment. It's what helps you capture those once-in-a-lifetime moments that your clients will treasure forever. And when it comes to cameras, the Canon EOS-1D X Mark II is in a league of its own. This camera is packed with features that make it the ultimate choice for any photographer who demands precision, reliability, and exceptional image quality. Whether you're shooting portraits, weddings, or sports events, the Canon EOS-1D X Mark II will help you capture stunning photographs that will stand the test of time. So let's dive in and take a closer look at what this camera has to offer.
Canon EOS-1D X Mark II Pros and Cons
Now, we will look more closely at our review of the Canon EOS-1D X Mark II camera. We will see what it can do and compare it to other cameras like it. We will tell you what's good about it and what's not so good. This way, you'll know if it's the camera for you!
Build and Construction
Body and dimensions
Canon EOS-1D X Mark II
|Dimensions||158 x 168 x 83mm|
The Canon EOS-1D X Mark II camera is equipped with environmental seals that make it resistant to weather, preventing water and dust from entering the camera. If you enjoy outdoor photography and need a camera that can handle extreme conditions, the EOS-1D X Mark II is an excellent choice.
Design and Handling
Main design features
|View Finder||Optical (pentaprism)|
|Screen Type||Fixed Type|
|Screen Resolution||1,620k dots|
|Body type||Large SLR|
This camera has a fixed type 3.20" screen, with a display resolution of 1,620k dots. This makes the Canon EOS-1D X Mark II not as suitable for those looking for a vlogging camera as you cannot view yourself while shooting selfies easily. The camera also features a touch screen, which adds to its ease of use.
EOS-1D X Mark II includes a optical (pentaprism) viewfinder with no electronic viewfinder of resolution with a coverage of 100% and a magnification of 0.76x. This feature enhances the camera's suitability for outdoor photography in bright conditions.
Canon EOS-1D X Mark II has a 20MP sized CMOS sensor. You can shoot at maximum resolution of 20 pixels. Canon EOS-1D X Mark II has a native ISO range of 100 - 51200 which can be boosted to 50 - 409600. It can also save files in RAW format which gives you a wider room for post processing.
Feb 02 2016
100 - 51200
|Extended ISO||50 - 409600|
|Max resolution||5472 x 3648 pixels|
DXO Sensor Scores
88 / 102
24.1 / 26.5
13.5 / 14.8
Low Light ISO
3207 / 4505
DXO mark sensor scores
The DXOmark rankings indicate that the Canon EOS-1D X Mark II camera has excellent color depth performance, which refers to the number of colors the sensor can distinguish. Additionally, its dynamic range is also excellent, allowing it to retain medium amounts of details in both bright and dark areas of a scene. The camera's low light ISO performance is average, which is an important factor to consider if you plan to use it in dimly lit indoor environments or at night. Overall the image quality of the EOS-1D X Mark II is above average
Camera crop factor (or focal length multiplier) refers to how a camera's sensor size affects the apparent field of view of a lens. Crop factor is determined by comparing the size of a camera's sensor to that of a full-frame sensor, which is a standard reference size for camera sensors.
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Full frame equivalent
This camera: Full frame
Connectivity, storage, battery
|Storage||CompactFlash + CFast 2.0|
|Battery Life||1210 shots|
The Canon EOS-1D X Mark II supports CompactFlash + CFast 2.0 with 2 slots for storage. Having dual SD card slots on the Canon EOS-1D X Mark II is highly advantageous as it mitigates the risk of losing footage due to memory card malfunctions. This feature is particularly beneficial for wedding photography and other professional settings.
The Canon EOS-1D X Mark II uses the LP-E19 model of battery pack. This is rated for 1210 shots shots which is high. If you intend to take photos or record videos for an extended period, it might be a good idea to bring along additional batteries.
The Canon EOS-1D X Mark II does not have a built-in flash, but it does offer a flash shoe that allows you to attach external flashes. This provides more versatility in your lighting choices.
The Canon EOS-1D X Mark II boasts a maximum mechanical shutter speed of 1/8000s, which is ideal for shooting fast-moving subjects in bright environments, such as in sports photography. Faster shutter speeds enable you to freeze the action and capture every detail, making it easier to get the perfect shot.
With a continuous mechanical shutter speed of n/a or an electronic shutter speed of n/a, this camera is not capable of capturing the perfect moment more easily, making it not as suited for wedding, sports, and wildlife photography. Higher shutter speeds make it easier to capture fast-paced action, ensuring that you never miss the perfect shot.
The Canon EOS-1D X Mark II includes two autofocus (AF) systems: contrast detection and phase detection, with 61 number of focus points.
While contrast detection is generally more accurate and precise, phase detection autofocus is faster and more effective in most situations, particularly when photographing moving subjects.
Phase detection autofocus works by dividing the incoming light into pairs and then analyzing how they intersect on the camera's sensor. This method allows the camera to determine not only if a subject is in focus but also the direction and distance needed to adjust the focus to achieve perfect sharpness.
On the other hand, contrast detection autofocus works by analyzing the contrast of an image and adjusting the focus until the highest contrast is detected. While this method is very accurate, it can be slow, especially in low light conditions or when photographing moving subjects.
The Canon EOS-1D X Mark II features a CMOS sensor
Yes the EOS-1D X Mark II does have weather sealing.
The Canon EOS-1D X Mark II was announced on Feb 02 2016
No the EOS-1D X Mark II does not have in-body image stabilization that can compensate for camera shake, making it easier to shoot handheld in low light conditions.
The EOS-1D X Mark II has a native ISO range of 100-51200, which can be expanded to ISO 50-409600 for even greater sensitivity in low light conditions.
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