Canon EOS 1D X

$6,799
  • 18.1 MP
  • Full frame CMOS
  • 3.2" LCD
Released March, 2012
The back of the camera is fitted with a fixed 3.2in Clear View II LCD screen that offers a super sharp 1,040k-dot resolution and further benefits from toughened glass and an anti-glare coating that makes use of the camera in bright sunlight much easier.
Rated 90% by by TrustedReviews (Sep, 2012)

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First reviewed March, 2012

Features Key features of the Canon EOS 1D X

Back view of Canon EOS 1D X
This revealed that the CMOS sensor resolves faithful colour even at super high ISOs.
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megapixels

0 MP
24.4 MP

18.1 MP
36.2 MP
40 MP
While the 18-megapixel sensor is a resolution step back from the previous full-frame models, Canon says the reduced resolution was necessary to obtain the sports-level continuous-shooting speeds-one of the primary drivers of the historical separation of the line into two bodies.
EOS 1D X by c|net (Oct, 2011)
The company claims that the better noise performance which results from what sounds like on-chip noise reduction and the new dual Digic 5+ processors means you'll be able to scale up images sufficiently to make up for the missing 3 megapixels.
EOS 1D X by c|net (Oct, 2011)

sensor size

Canon EOS 1D X
Canon EOS 7D
Sony SLT-A99
The term ‘full-frame’ refers to the physical size of the sensor, and basically means that it is the same size (and therefore contains the same surface area) as a single frame from a 35mm strip of film.
EOS 1D X by TrustedReviews (Sep, 2012)
One reason manufacturers such as Canon have, in the past, tended to use slightly smaller sensors with less overall resolution for their more performance-orientated professional DSLRs is that the image files they produce are significantly smaller in size, which in turn makes them faster to process.
EOS 1D X by TrustedReviews (Sep, 2012)

viewfinder size

Canon EOS 1D X
Canon EOS 7D
Nikon D600
Thankfully, the 1D X’s viewfinder is superb with a big, bright window providing 100% frame coverage, a 0.76x magnification and the usual diopter correction controls.
EOS 1D X by TrustedReviews (Sep, 2012)
The camera retains the same nice viewfinder as the previous models, but updates it with the overlays and readouts that debuted in the 7D.
EOS 1D X by c|net (Oct, 2011)

body size

158 x 164 x 83 mm
148 x 111 x 74 mm
147 x 111 x 78 mm
While seasoned pros should be used to the size and weight, well-heeled enthusiasts looking for the best camera money can buy may well find it a bit cumbersome.
EOS 1D X by TrustedReviews (Sep, 2012)
Befitting its status as a professional grade DSLR the Canon EOS-1D X is an uncompromisingly large camera that weighs in at 1.3kg for the body only.
EOS 1D X by TrustedReviews (Sep, 2012)

focus points

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The 1D X’s AF system is almost identical to the one used by the EOS-5D Mk III and benefits from a total of 61 AF-points, 41 of which are cross-type sensors for faster and more accurate focusing regardless of whether the camera is being held in portrait of landscape orientation.
EOS 1D X by TrustedReviews (Sep, 2012)
Experimenting with the six Cases of subject-tracking sensitivity we found that Case 3 (which instantly focuses on subjects entering AF points) was best suited to our needs, especially once we’d customised the responsiveness to 2.
EOS 1D X by TrustedReviews (Sep, 2012)
 

Performance Real world tests of Canon EOS 1D X

DxOMark image quality

Canon EOS 1D X
Canon EOS 7D
Nikon D800
Beyond this images do begin to lose colour saturation though.
EOS 1D X by TrustedReviews (Sep, 2012)
It’s only when we pushed to the expanded settings that more noticeable noise and a loss of saturation became more noticeable.
EOS 1D X by TrustedReviews (Sep, 2012)

DxOMark low light performance

Canon EOS 1D X
Canon EOS 7D
Sony SLT-A99
From low light situations to shooting under floodlights we found the 1D X’s metering to be consistently spot on – so much so that there was no need to adjust exposure compensation.
EOS 1D X by TrustedReviews (Sep, 2012)
Results at ISO 25,600 and 51,200 remain usable though, with the noise resembling a very fine film grain.
EOS 1D X by TrustedReviews (Sep, 2012)

continuous shooting

Used in Case 3 and firing off a burst of shots just as the subject entered the frame we managed to attain an exceptionally high hit-rate of pin-sharp images.
EOS 1D X by TrustedReviews (Sep, 2012)
This has enabled Canon (and other camera manufacturers) to boost the continuous shooting speeds of these cameras well above what their high-resolution, full-frame models were capable of.
EOS 1D X by TrustedReviews (Sep, 2012)

battery life

1,500 photos
4,400 photos
4,200 photos
Though it sports a new, higher capacity battery, the older batteries will still work in the camera-the old charger won't work with the new battery, however.
EOS 1D X by c|net (Oct, 2011)
 

Our analysis How does it stack up against its top 10 competitors

pros

  • Contrast detection focusing system
  • 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps
  • Generic
  • 14 fps
  • 41
  • Full frame
  • Yes
  • 3.2"
  • 0.76x
  • 61
  • Opaque
  • 204,800 ISO
  • 89.97%
  • 2,786 ISO
  • 1,500
  • 1/8000 s

cons

  • 11.8 ev
  • Oct, 2011
  • 18.1 MP
  • None
  • 23.8 bits
  • The screen is fixed in place
  • Taking quality photos in low-light will require external hardware
  • 1,530 g
  • No geotagging included
  • No automatic stitching
  • 158 x 164 x 83 mm
  • 83 mm

Reviews Word on the street

Rated 90%
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The 1D X is built around a full-frame CMOS imaging sensor that delivers an 18MP of effective resolution.

Focus

The camera offers a range of AF modes including user defined single-point AF, automatic AF and AF tracking.
Canon EOS 1D X | Rated 90% by by TrustedReviews (Sep, 2012)
Dubbed High Density Reticular AF, it's increased to 61 points, with different configurations depending upon where a point is on the grid.
Canon EOS 1D X | by c|net (Oct, 2011)
The most significant is the new AF toggle switch for moving AF targets when the camera is being used in portrait orientation, which will be of great benefit to anyone who shoots regularly in the portrait orientation.
Canon EOS 1D X | Rated 90% by by TrustedReviews (Sep, 2012)

Sensor

Just as impressive is the way the 1D X’s sensor manages to resolve detail at high ISOs, particularly up to ISO 25,600.
Canon EOS 1D X | Rated 90% by by TrustedReviews (Sep, 2012)
Studying the ISO 100 results at 100% revealed incredible levels of detail – number 14 on our resolution scale.
Canon EOS 1D X | Rated 90% by by TrustedReviews (Sep, 2012)
The sensor is broken down into 252 zones; the camera exploits them all in good light, and in dim light bins them down to 35 zones.
Canon EOS 1D X | by c|net (Oct, 2011)

Autofocus

Autofocus gets its own sub menu, making it extremely quick to access the six combinations of subject-tracking while the menu system is brightly colour coded too, making navigation both simple and clear.
Canon EOS 1D X | Rated 90% by by TrustedReviews (Sep, 2012)
Plus, upgrading to the new AF/AE system is probably going to cost you about $1,800 more than you expected.
Canon EOS 1D X | by c|net (Oct, 2011)
Like Nikon, Canon now uses the AE system to bolster the operation of the AF system.
Canon EOS 1D X | by c|net (Oct, 2011)

Photography

At around £5300 for the body only though, the 1D X is very much a serious tool designed for professional use.
Canon EOS 1D X | Rated 90% by by TrustedReviews (Sep, 2012)
Essentially, the 1D X represents an attempt by Canon to bring the two strands together to deliver a single high-resolution, full-frame DSLR that’s also fast enough to be used by speed-craving photojournalists and sports shooters.
Canon EOS 1D X | Rated 90% by by TrustedReviews (Sep, 2012)
The profile of the portrait orientation grip has been improved generally so as to make holding and using the camera in this way much more comfortable – something that extends to holding the camera in landscape mode.
Canon EOS 1D X | Rated 90% by by TrustedReviews (Sep, 2012)

Iso

Colour remains consistent throughout the ISO range, right up to ISO 51,200.
Canon EOS 1D X | Rated 90% by by TrustedReviews (Sep, 2012)
Staying with performance for a moment, the 1D X is also able to offer one of the widest sensitivity ranges of any camera, with a standard ISO range of 100-51.
Canon EOS 1D X | Rated 90% by by TrustedReviews (Sep, 2012)
From the blazing processing speeds of the dual DIGIC 5 processors to the class-leading 12fps Continuous shooting speed and exceptional high ISO performance the EOS-1D X really is everything Canon claims it to be.
Canon EOS 1D X | Rated 90% by by TrustedReviews (Sep, 2012)

Competition What else you should consider

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Canon EOS 5D Mark III Little delay taking photos 5D Mark III vs 1D X
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Nikon D800 Best image quality as rated by DXOMark Nikon D800 vs Canon EOS 1D X
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Sony SLT-A99 Highest resolution screen Sony SLT-A99 vs Canon EOS 1D X
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Nikon D4 2-way tie: Highest ISO Nikon D4 vs Canon EOS 1D X
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Nikon D3X Most shots per battery charge Nikon D3X vs Canon EOS 1D X
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Nikon D3S Least noise at high ISO Nikon D3S vs Canon EOS 1D X
Front view of Canon EOS 1D X

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Editions Editions of the Canon EOS 1D X

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$6,799
Full frame 1,040 k dots 61 41
 
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December 24, 2012
Is the 1D better for video? Not just picture quality but audio

Also is the Menu more 'custom functionable' than the 5D III? Do the audio levels have to be reset  each time recording is stopped and prior to resuming?

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