Canon EOS 1D X (no lens included)
18-megapixel professional full-frame digital SLR camera body
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Item #: 280EOS1DX
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If you've been a fan of Canon's SLR cameras for any significant period of time, you might be aware that Canon has had two different branches of its "1D" nameplate. One made beautiful, high-density images but was deliberate in its shooting pace -- the other was machine-gun fast, but its shots were not as lushly detailed. The Canon 1D X takes its cue from both sides of that divide, cherry-picking the most attractive features from both lines to arrive at a professional tool that is truly worthy of being called the company's flagship camera.
Firstly, it features that sought-after rarity in digital cameras: a full-frame sensor. Well-regarded for their light sensitivity, enhanced detail, low noise, and their ability to host lenses that generate spectacular shallow depth-of-field looks, Canon's full-frame sensors set a high performance standard. The Canon 1D X is sure to become a favorite of professional portrait and fashion photographers, as it specializes in generating lush, high-resolution images that speak volumes.
But what of the other side of the 1D pedigree, the rough-and-tumble, fast-firing, go-anywhere favorite of sports and action photographers? Those genes are in evidence as well. The 1D X shoots a blazing-fast 12 frames per second at full resolution (14 frames per second in Super High Speed Mode), and thanks to the twin DIGIC 5+ processors (and a separate DIGIC 4 processor that is dedicated to metering and autofocus), this camera has the capacity to push some raw data in the service of fast captures.
This isn't just a mash-up of two respected cameras, though. So much has been re-imagined that it's hard to know where to begin. The light sensitivity of this camera is practically off the charts, with a standard ISO range of 100-51200 and the ability to select ISOs up to 204800. The newly rethought autofocus system is now referred to as a 61-point High-Density Reticular autofocus, and it has 5 central dual cross-type points that keep track of diagonal movement in addition to 21 central horizontal/vertical cross-type points and 20 outer cross-type points. In combination with a new 100,000-pixel RGB metering sensor, this technology will provide exquisite tracking of fast-moving, unpredictable subjects. Birds in flight, crossing jet-skis, dynamic crowd shots, each challenge is a piece of cake for the Canon 1D X.
Canon kick-started the DSLR video revolution with its ground-breaking full-frame 5D a few years back. The 1D X has taken everything they've learned from that introduction and refined it further. They've added an intra-frame compression option, where each individual frame is captured and kept discrete, making the resulting files easier for popular editing software suites to handle. The CMOS sensor's drive system has been tweaked to drastically reduce rolling shutter and moire artifacts. Sound recording has been refined with a 64-step volume control and level-meters that are visible during shooting. Silent adjustments to shots can be made during shooting with the touch pad located on the inner portion of the Quick Control Dial on the back of the unit.
And of course, the red bow on this handsome package is Canon's legendary build quality. This is a substantial camera, with excellent grips on both axes of its magnesium-alloy body. Thoughtful gasket placement makes for a camera that is ready for the elements; the unit is both dust- and moisture-resistant. The carbon-fiber bladed shutter is rated to maintain up to 14 frames per second, for up to 400,000 cycles.
As a professional, or an aspiring professional, you will need a tool that is literally ready for any situation. Challenging light? Fast, random motion? The 1D X has you covered, from rooms that are lit by a flashlight, to wide-open skyward motion shots of a Monarch butterfly migration, to the heartfelt impact of a portrait with a secret smile.
You don't have to be an expert photographer to use an SLR they all offer easy automatic shooting. Because of their build quality and the physics of good glass and large sensors, even their built-in automatic settings will get you better pictures than most point-and-shoots or mobile devices. But experienced photographers and budding hobbyists can get more creative by manually adjusting settings like aperture and shutter speed. SLRs let you expand your shooting options with additional lenses and flashes to suit just about any situation. If you'd like to record the occasional video, look for a model with high-def movie mode.
I purchased the Canon EOS 1D X right at its debut. It has completely redone the works of Canon's Pro Lineup. I have the 1D Mark IV , which was the Top Gun for sports photographers and has out performed the1DS Mark III which was the full frame camera for portrait photographers. The 1 DX combines the Two cameras into one, by making it the Best for Sports Photographers with quicker speed, more accurate autofocus, and for Portrait Photographers, with more megapixels, better ISO, and lower lighting specs that will outperform current professional cameras.
Pros: The Canon 1DX is the Professional Flagship of Canon's EOS DSLR Lineup. It outperforms, in SPEED frames Per second, ISO lighting conditions, Accurately autofocuses quicker, longer battery life, better sealing for weather conditions and more focusing points for moving objects such as in sports and concerts with bad lighting conditions.
Cons: Lost the APH & APC sensor appeal that can bring your camera closer to a subject with a lens. Full Frame is actual, like the 1DX Camera. APH sensor is 1.3 X crop factor, which means multiply lens range by this to get focal length. And APC like the Canon 7D gives you a 1.6 X crop factor, which brings you even closer to your subject.
Firstly, let's get all the misconceptions out of the way, so often mentioned and believed by people who have never used the 1D X. The battery and battery life are phenomenal. The AF system is world class, and I mean in the sense of Michael Johnson, Carl Lewis, Nastia Liukin, and Mary Lou. All the turmoil about f/8 is ridiculous (forget it if you don't know what I'm talking about--it really doesn't matter). I would rather shoot with this camera for any purpose than any other camera available. Period.
Secondly, I can't finish a review without praising the low light focusing capabilities and high ISO image quality of this outstanding machine. I am not lying--this camera can focus more accurately in less light and in less time than I ever could have believed possible, no matter how many years of technology went by. Let's go back to the high ISO quality. The performance of ISO 12,800 is exactly like ISO 800 on my five Canon 7Ds. Overall ISO is a bit better than twice as good as my copies of the 5D Mark III.
Thirdly, let's address the big to-do about dynamic range. Excess DR doesn't help you if there isn't that much of a range of light in your subject. Image detail is actually lost. Guess what the Mona Lisa would look like if cameras had an infinite dynamic range? Just a single flat color of paint. Low contrast subjects NEED a low dynamic range in order to make details pop. The range available in the 1D X is exactly perfect for recording life as the human eye sees it.
|LCD Screen Size||3.2"|
|Lens 35mm Equivalent||N/A|
CompactFlash Type I/II
|Effective Megapixel Count||18.1|
|Image Stabilization||With optional lens|
|Highest Resolution||5184 x 3456|
|HD Video Recording||1920 x 1080, 1280 x 720|
|Weight With Battery (ounces)||54|
|Parts Warranty||1 Year|
|Labor Warranty||1 Year|
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