Today Canon announced a highly anticipated replacement of the Eos 1ds mkIII. What most people didn’t anticipate that Canon was replacing the Eos 1dmkIV as well with this new generation camera the 1DX. This camera really seems to indicate a radical change in thinking at Canon.
- Autofocus (AF) continuous shooting at 12 fps (14 fps with mirror lock-up)
- Full-Frame 18.1MP CMOS sensor with large pixel size and gapless microlens technology
- ISO range 100-51200 (L:50; H2: 204800) and low noise for high quality in all lighting conditions, including near-dark
- FULL High Definition movie recording, video industry standards compliance (ALL-I, IPB)
- Dual DiG!C 5+ image processors for high-speed processing and noise reduction
- New AF system features 61 AF points (41 cross points) for precise focussing accuracy
- Unique Auto Exposure (AE) metering uses RGB colour and face recognition for enhanced subject tracking
For all the technical information you need on the new camera go here http://cpn.canon-europe.com/content/education/technical/eos_1d_x_explained.do . I had heard some of the leaked specs the last few weeks and was quite skeptical especially in regards to the 18 megapixel sensor. It just didn’t seem to be Canons M.O. to step backwards in resolution. But they did and now I must evaluate it to see how this exciting new camera would fit into my world of nature and wildlife photography.
FOR WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHY
- Improvement in AF performance
- High frame rate up to 14fps could be quite useful
- Improved high ISO performance (could be the best available)
- Build Quality (As good as the current 1dmk4 which is excellent)
- New rear LCD with an even better and larger display
- Has 2 CF slots instead of one CF and 1 SD as in the 1d4.
- Improved metering
- Going to full frame means less reach for your current lenses
- Somewhat lower resolution than the current APS-H sensor of the 1d4
- No AF at F8 which will limit teleconverter use (not certain of this)
For Landscape Photography
Electronic level as in the 7d and the Nikon bodies
Multiple exposure mode (in camera HDR)
Improved Dynamic Range (remains to be seen)
Improved sensor cleaning up to f22 performance
- Step backwards in resolution compared to the 1ds3 and 5dmkII
- PRICED at $6800 this will be a tough pill to swallow
This new flagship camera has many exciting new features which are definitely a step in the right direction. But there are a number of things about the camera that bother me. I’m really not sure the camera will be a good landscape tool. Sounds like a killer sports camera. I’m assuming Canon will address the high-resolution needs of this segment in another upcoming body. For me I think I’ll take a wait and see approach. After the Eos-1dx has been out for a while and perhaps another new body (high resolution) is announced I’ll decide then whether I want to jump in. For now my camera lineup of the 1d4, 5d2 and the 7d will be just fine.