Canon EOS-1D X Mark II (no lens included)
20.2-megapixel full-frame sensor DSLR
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The Canon EOS 1D X Mark II features a sophisticated yet intuitive control interface
A first-class camera, reimagined
Whether you're a seasoned professional looking for a top-of-the-line full-frame DSLR with 4K video capabilities or you're just stepping up to your first professional camera, the Canon EOS 1D X Mark II deserves a serious look. And if you're already a devoted user of the original EOS 1D X, we think you'll appreciate all the refinements Canon's latest flagship camera has to offer. It retains its predecessor's shape, build, and ergonomic handling, but housed within that familiar sturdy dust- and moisture-resistant magnesium alloy body are some powerful and convenient new features and technologies — all geared toward increasing your productivity and maximizing the quality of your results.
Fast and focused
This is the fastest EOS 1D yet, thanks to Dual Digic 6+ image processors and high-speed recording to the CFast™ card slot. You can fire off consecutive shots at up to 14 frames per second, or up to 16 fps in Live View Mode. The improved 61-point autofocus system has a wider subject tracking area for better performance when subjects change speed and position. An impressive 360,000-pixel metering sensor lets the camera quickly recognize subjects for more precise autofocus, metering, and exposure compensation. Canon's Intelligent Tracking and Recognition system uses this information to provide more consistent autofocus on moving subjects.
A low-light dynamo
A 20.2-megapixel full-frame sensor enhances the EOS 1D X Mark II's low-light performance, with reduced noise in dark portions of an image, even at high ISO settings. The camera's high standard and expanded ISO range, high signal-to-noise ratio, and powerful noise reduction make it easier to shoot in different situations with changing light.
Improved tools for quick composition and viewing
The EOS 1D X Mark II's improved viewfinder can show more information on its LCD display, letting you compose your shot and change settings easily. Check autofocus, white balance, metering, and more, all while keeping your eye on your subject. Autofocus points are highlighted in red to make them easier to see, even with difficult ambient lighting. The addition of a touchscreen interface to the camera's rear LCD monitor adds some exciting capabilities. While shooting in Live View mode, you can switch AF points and magnify images right from the touchscreen. You can also use the touchscreen to protect and erase images quickly, and create slideshows with your images.
4K and Full HD video recording for videographers of all levels
You can capture smooth 4K video at up to 60 fps, thanks to the speed of the EOS 1D X Mark II's dual processors. This is also the first EOS camera to record Full HD at 120 fps, so you can capture details that are normally imperceptible to the human eye in slow motion video. If you're a less experienced videographer, the 1D X Mark II is easy to handle. Intuitive touchscreen operation lets you select AF points while the camera is rolling. You can rely on continuous autofocus for easy shooting, even during 4K recording. You can easily verify that 4K video recordings are sharply focused with 8.8-megapixel in-camera still frame grabs.
GPS and optional Wi-Fi for a better workflow
The EOS 1D X Mark II's built-in GPS system helps you tag your images with location data and automatically adjusts the time and timestamp settings. The camera can use GPS together with the WFT-E8A wireless file transmitter (not included) to quickly upload geotagged images when you're shooting in remote locations.
- 20.2-megapixel effective recording
- full-frame CMOS image sensor (36 x 24 mm)
- 4K and HD movie modes with full-manual exposure, internal stereo mic and external mic jack
- 4K movies at 4,096 x 2,160 resolution up to 60 fps
- 8.8-megapixel still frame grab in-camera
- full 1080p HD capture up to 120 fps for slow motion
- Dual Pixel CMOS AF & Movie Servo AF for high speed, high frame rate and continuous autofocus during video shooting
- high-res 3.2" anti-reflective LCD touchscreen (1,620,000 dots) with Live View allows composing shots on-screen in real-time
- pentaprism optical viewfinder with 100% frame coverage
- self-cleaning sensor unit can be set to work automatically when the power is turned on or off
- dust deletion feature automatically erases dust spots from images
- dual DIGIC 6+ image processors provide exceptional image quality and high-speed shooting
- 61-point High Density Reticular AF II system with 41 cross-type points
- accurate subject tracking for stills and video with new EOS Intelligent Tracking and Recognition AF with 360,000-pixel metering sensor
- new in-camera Digital Lens Optimizer technology corrects lens aberration and diffraction for increased resolution and fine detail
- hot shoe for Canon EX-series Speedlite flash accessories (no built-in flash included)
- built-in GPS provides geotag information including auto time syncing with Universal Time Code via satellites
- magnesium alloy body for weather resistance and better performance in demanding environments
- compatible with Canon EF lenses (does not support EF-S lenses)
Exposure Modes and Controls:
- continuous shooting mode: up to 14 frames per second (16 frames per second in Live View mode)
- shutter speed range: 30-1/8,000 seconds, bulb
- sensitivity or ISO (film speed equivalent) range: 50-51,200 (expandable to ISO 409,600)
- exposure modes: program auto, shutter-priority, aperture-priority, manual
- maximum flash sync speed: 1/250 seconds
- E-TTL II autoflash with all EX Series Speedlites
File Formats and Storage:
- still image storage modes: RAW, M-RAW (medium RAW), S-RAW (small RAW), JPEG, or RAW+JPEG
- top still resolution (pixels): 5472 x 3648
- movie file formats: MOV (4K Movie: Motion JPEG, Full HD Movie: MPEG4 AVC/H.264; audio: Linear PCM), MP4 (Movie: MPEG4 AVC/H.264; Audio: AAC)
- uncompressed HDMI output for Full HD video allows editing with minimal degradation
- dual media slots accept optional CFast and CompactFlash memory cards
- simultaneous recording: both the CF card and CFast card record the same image at different image recording qualities, or at the same image quality
Connections and Dimensions:
- high-speed USB interface
- audio/video output
- Gigabit Ethernet RJ-45 LAN port for fast image transfer and network connection
- mini HDMI output (cable not included)
- external stereo microphone input jack (microphone not included)
- PC sync flash terminal
- compatible with Canon's new Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E8A (not included)
- 6-1/4"W x 6-5/8"H x 3-5/16"D
- weight (with battery): 10.6 oz.
- rechargeable LP-E19 lithium ion battery
- LC-E19 battery charger
- adjustable wide neck strap
- USB cable
- body cap and eye cup
- software CD-ROM (PC and Mac)
- warranty: 1 year
- Our 60-day money-back guarantee
What's in the Box:
- EOS-1D X Mark II camera body
- Body cap (installed)
- Eyecup Eg (installed)
- LP-E19 Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery pack with plastic terminal cover (10.8V 2700mAh)
- LC-E19 Battery charger (DC output: 12.6V 1.63A)
- Neck strap
- Cable protector
- 59" IFC-150U-II USB 3.0 cable (Type A 3.0 USB on one end and Micro-B USB 3.0 on other end)
- EOS Digital Solution CD-ROM disk
- Software Instruction Manual on CD-ROM
- Instruction Manual
- Wired LAN Instruction manual
- Warranty card
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Features and Specs
|LCD Screen Size||3.2"|
|Lens 35mm Equivalent||N/A|
CompactFlash Type I |
|Image Stabilization||With optional lens|
|Highest Resolution||5472 x 3648|
|Video Resolution||4096 x 2160|
|Weight With Battery (ounces)||53.97|
|Parts Warranty||1 Year|
|Labor Warranty||1 Year|
Lens Compatibility: The Canon EOS-1D X Mark II is compatible with all Canon lenses in the EF lineup (with the exception of EF-S and EF-M lenses).
Rugged Exterior Body: The EOS-1D X Mark II's magnesium alloy chassis is designed to endure almost any condition. All of the camera's controls, buttons, and external covers are dust- and water-resistant. The durable shutter mechanism is designed to shoot 300,000 cycles.
Viewfinder: The EOS-1D X Mark II features an eye-level pentaprism viewfinder that offers 100 percent coverage vertically and horizontally. The built-in diopter lets you adjust the focus of the viewfinder to your own eyesight. The viewfinder has a built-in eyepiece shutter, which blocks stray light from entering the camera while taking a picture without looking at the viewfinder.
Clear View LCD Touchscreen Monitor: The EOS-1D X Mark II features a 3.2" Clear View II TFT color LCD monitor with approximately 1.62-million dots. The touchscreen allows you to choose an AutoFocus point by touching the subject on the screen. You can also add grid lines to aid you in composing your shots, and a dual-axis electronic level that displays both roll and pitch in 1-degree increments.
Live View: The Live View Function enables you to compose and shoot directly from the camera's 3.2" LCD monitor. You can zoom in and navigate the composition at up to 10x normal size for critical focusing and attention to detail. Live View Function can be used remotely via computer through the USB connection, if desired.
20.2 MP CMOS Sensor: The EOS-1D X Mark II features a high-resolution, full-frame (35.9 x 23.9 mm) CMOS sensor with approximately 21.5-million total pixels and 20.2-million effective pixels.
Dual DIGIC 6+ Image Processors: The camera is equipped with dual DIGIC 6+ Image Processors, which can process images at full resolution up to 16 frames-per-second, as well as 4K/60p videos. The combination of the CMOS sensor and Dual DIGIC 6+ processors help to give you high quality images that are recorded with speed and accuracy.
Recording Media: The EOS-1D X Mark II has dual memory card slots to accommodate both Compact Flash and CFast Memory cards. The camera can record images on Type I CompactFlash Cards, including UDMA 7 cards. The camera is also compatible with new CFast 2.0 memory cards. When both types of cards are loaded into the camera, you can choose to record either on a CF card or a CFast card, or to both simultaneously. No recording media is supplied with the camera. The number of images the camera can take in a single burst is as follows (Full = shooting is possible until the memory card becomes full):
|Image-Recording Quality||Compact Flash Card||CFast Card|
|Standard||UDMA 7||CFast 2.0|
|RAW + Large JPEG||48||54||81|
Image Recording Formats: The camera records 3:2 still images in JPEG and RAW (14-bit) formats. Simultaneous RAW+JPEG recording is also possible. In addition, the camera can record 4K Motion JPEG video (AAC audio) and Full HD video in the MOV format (H.264 video, Linear PCM audio). Sound is recorded with the built-in monaural microphone, an optional external stereo microphone, or from the line input. You can select from the following image sizes and formats:
- JPEG: You can choose from the following JPEG resolutions: Large (20MP: 5472 x 3648), Medium 1 (12.7MP: 4368 x 2912 pixels), Medium 2 (8.9MP: 3648 x 2432) and Small (5.0MP: 2736 x 1824 pixels). For each resolution, you can set the compression between 1 and 10 (1-5 Normal; 6-10 Fine).
- 14-bit RAW: The RAW file format records the image data as captured by the camera CMOS sensor without further processing and converts it to digital data and records it onto the card as is. RAW images can be adjusted, then developed and produced into JPEG or TIFF images using the provided software. You can choose from the following RAW resolutions: RAW (20MP: 5472 x 3648), M-RAW (11.2MP: 4104 x 2736), or S-RAW (5MP: 2736 x 1824). You can also record a large JPEG image simultaneously with any sized RAW image (RAW, M-RAW, S-RAW).
- 4K Motion JPEG: The camera can record 4K video (4096 x 2160) at bit rates of 59.94p, 50.00p, 29.97p, 25.00p, 24.00p, 23.98p.
- Full HD MOV: Full HD video (1920 x 1080) is recorded at bit rates of 119.9p, 100.00p, 59.94p, 50.00p, 29.97p, 25.00p, 24.00p, and 23.98p.
Drive Modes: The Canon EOS-1D X Mark II offers the following Drive (Shutter) modes.
- Single Shooting: When you press the shutter button completely, one shot will be taken.
- Continuous Shooting: While you press the shutter
button completely, shots will be taken continuously:
- High-Speed: maximum 14 fps; 16 fps during Live View shooting
- Low-Speed: maximum 3 shots per second
- Self-Timer: The camera will record an image 2 or 10 seconds after pressing the shutter button.
- Silent Shooting: The shooting sound for silent shooting is quieter than normal. The internal mechanical operation is not executed until you return the shutter button to its halfway position. You can shoot Silent Singles, Silent High Speed (at approx. 5 fps maximum), or Silent Low Speed (at approx. 3 fps maximum).
Vertical Grip: The camera bottom has vertical-grip buttons and a dial that allows you to operate the camera more comfortably while taking vertical photographs. You can switch the vertical-grip controls on or off as needed.
Built-in GPS: The camera's built-in GPS can receive satellite navigation signals from GPS satellites (USA), GLONASS satellites (Russia), and the Quasi-Zenith satellite system (QZSS)(Japan). The receiver provides geotag information, such as latitude, longitude, and elevation, which can be appended to still images and movies you shoot. The GPS logging function captures GPS information at regular intervals so you can record the route of your travels. The shooting location of geotagged images, as well as the GPS logs, can be displayed on a map on your computer. Time and date information obtained from the GPS signals can also be used to set the camera's internal clock, and can be added to your photos and movies.
Ethernet: The EOS-1D X Mark II has an RJ-45 Ethernet terminal for connecting the camera to your local network.
Optional Wi-Fi: With the optional WFT-E8A Wireless File Transmitter, you can wirelessly upload images from your camera to your computer, smart phone, or tablet. The transmitter attaches to the camera and provides ultra high speed image transfer (up to 433 Mbps) over a wireless network (IEEE 802.11ac/n/a/g/b). It transmits on both the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz bands, and has a range of up to 492 feet. In addition to image transfer, the iOS and Android app lets you use your smart device as a remote control for still and video capture. The EOS-1D X Mark II has a 12-pin System Extension Terminal to accommodate the WFT-E8A.
AF System: The EOS-1D X Mark II has a newly developed, high-precision Area AF sensor with 61 manually-selectable points, including 41 cross-type, high-precision AF points for exacting and fast focusing no matter the subject. New AI Servo AF III+ focus tracking features improved algorithms that help improve stability, reliability, and focus, no matter the situation.
Shooting Modes: The EOS-1D X Mark II offers the following shooting modes:
- Program AE: This is a general-purpose shooting mode, the camera automatically sets the shutter speed and aperture value to suit the scene's brightness
- Shutter-priority AE: In this mode, you set the shutter speed and the camera automatically sets the aperture value to suit the brightness of the subject
- Aperture-priority AE: In this mode, you set the desired aperture value and the camera sets the shutter speed automatically to suit the subject brightness
- Manual Exposure: In this mode, you set both the shutter speed and aperture value as desired
- Bulb Exposures: When bulb is set, the shutter is open during the time you keep pressing the shutter button fully. Bulb is useful when a long exposure is necessary for capturing night scenes, fireworks, the night sky, etc.
- Custom (C1, C2, C3): You can register current camera settings, such as shooting functions, menu functions, and custom functions, and store them as one of three available Custom Shooting Modes.
Exposure Compensation: In Program AE, Shutter-priority AE, or Aperture-priority AE modes, exposure compensation is used to alter the camera's standard exposure setting. You can make the image look lighter (increased exposure) or darker (decreased exposure). The exposure compensation amount can be set up to +/-5 stops in 1/3-stop or 1/2-stop increments.
Auto Exposure Bracketing: With auto exposure bracketing (AEB), the camera automatically changes the exposure level up to +/-3 stops in 1/3-stop increments for three successive shots.
AE Lock: AE lock enables you to lock the exposure at a different place from the point of focus. After locking the exposure, you can recompose the shot while maintaining the desired exposure level. This feature is useful for backlit and spotlighted subjects.
63-Zone Dual-Layer Metering Sensor: The EOS-1D X Mark II features a 360,000-pixel RGB+IR metering sensor, and 216-zone TTL open-aperture metering. You can select from the following metering modes:
- Evaluative Metering: The camera's standard metering mode suited for most subjects even under backlit conditions, after detecting the main subject's position, brightness, background, front and back lighting conditions, etc, the camera sets the proper exposure.
- Partial Metering: Effective when the background is much brighter than the subject due to backlighting, etc, uses approximately 6.2% of the viewfinder area, weighted at the center.
- Spot Metering: For metering a specific part of the subject, uses approximately 1.5% of the viewfinder area at the center.
- Center-weighted Average Metering: Metering is weighted at the center and then averaged for the entire scene
ISO Speed: The camera's ISO speed can be set between 100 and 51200 in 1/3-stop increments to suit your shooting conditions. In addition the camera features an Auto ISO setting which allows the camera to automatically set the ISO speed. The ISO Speed is fixed to 400 with flash, and during "bulb" shooting. The Custom Function feature allows you to expand the ISO Range to ISO 50 (L) for the lowest speed, and ISO 204800 (H2) or ISO409600 (H3) for the highest speed.
External Flash: The camera is compatible with Canon's external EX-series Speedlites (sold separately) mounted to the hot shoe, with functions settable with the camera. It has no built-in flash. Non-Canon flash units can synchronize with the camera at 1/300 or 1/250 sec. or slower. The camera's PC terminal can be used with flash units having a sync cord.
Picture Style: By selecting a picture style you can achieve various effects matching your photographic expression or the subject. You can also adjust the Sharpness, Contrast, Saturation and Color tone of each Picture Style. Picture Style selections include: Auto, Standard , Portrait, Landscape, Fine Detail, Neutral, Faithful, Monochrome, and User Defined 1-3.
White Balance: You can choose from the following white balance settings:
- Auto: The camera sets the white balance automatically according to shooting conditions -- Ambience priority or White priority selectable; color temperature: 3000-7000 K.
- Daylight: For recording outdoors on a bright day; color temperature: 5200 K.
- Shade: Counters strong blue tones in open shade on sunny days; color temperature: 7000 K.
- Cloudy/Twilight/Sunset: For cloudy days, dusk and dawn; color temperature: 6000 K.
- Tungsten Light: For incandescent illumination; color temperature: 3200 K.
- White Fluorescent Light: Eliminates typical green color casts; color temperature: 4000 K.
- Flash Use: A starting point for studio strobes and Canon Speedlites; color temperature: Automatically set or 6000 K.
- Custom: Enables you to manually set the white balance for a specific light source for better accuracy. By selecting this image, you import the white balance data for the setting; color temperature: 2000-10000 K.
- Color Temperature: Manually set color temperature from 2500-10000 K in 100 K increments.
White Balance Correction: You can correct the standard color temperature for the white balance setting. It has the same effect as using a color temperature conversion filter or a color compensating filter. Each color can be corrected to one of nine levels.
White Balance Auto Bracketing: With just one shot, three images having a different color tone can be recorded simultaneously. Based on the current white balance mode's standard color temperature, the white balance setting can be changed from 0 to +/-3 stops in single-level increments.
Color Space: The color space refers to the range of reproducible colors. With this camera, you can set the color space for captured images to sRGB or Adobe RGB. For normal images, sRGB is recommended. In the camera's full-automatic modes, sRGB will be set automatically.
Histogram: A histogram is a graph showing the brightness of an image. The graph display indicates a bright image when skewed to the right side, and a dark image when skewed to the left side.
Mirror Lockup: The Mirror Lockup feature helps prevent camera vibration when using a super telephoto lens or shooting close-ups.
Multi-Language: The camera's menus system supports 25 different languages including English, French and Spanish.
Auto Rotation: Vertical shots can be rotated automatically so that they are displayed upright during playback.
Image Review: The image can be displayed on the LCD monitor immediately after you shoot. The review time can be set to off (not displayed), 2 seconds, 4 seconds, 8 seconds, or Hold, which keeps the image displayed on the LCD monitor until the camera is focused again.
Voice Memos: You can record a voice memo of up to 30 seconds and attach it to a captured image. The voice memo will be saved as a WAV sound file, and can be played back with the camera or provided software.
Slide Show: You can view all images on the memory card one after another with the Auto Playback function (slide show). You can choose which recorded images will be displayed in the slide show by selecting All images, Folder, Date, Movies, or Stills.
Index Display: This feature allows you to view 4, 9, 36, or 100 images at once on the LCD monitor so that you can search for an image quickly.
Jump Playback: During playback you can jump to images 1, 10 or 100 images at a time. You can also jump screens when in index mode, jump folders, or jump images by shooting date.
Image Magnification: When viewing a still picture in single image playback mode, you can magnify the image from 1.5x to 10x. While the image is magnified, you can scroll anywhere around the image.
Rotating Images: You can rotate an image by 90° or 270° clockwise in the LCD monitor.
Protect Images: You can select specific images from being erased accidentally.
SuperSpeed USB 3.0: The EOS-1D X Mark II has a SuperSpeed USB (USB 3.0) port for connecting the camera to your computer for direct image transfer. A 59" USB 3.0 cable is included with the camera. You can also use the supplied USB cable to connect to an optional Canon Connect Station CS100 for storing your photos and videos.
HDMI Outputs: The camera is equipped with a mini-HDMI (Type C) jack which allows you to connect the camera to an HDTV. A mini-HDMI-to-HDMI cable is required. When viewing on an HDTV, the images will be displayed at the TV's optimum resolution automatically.
DPOF Print Settings: The Digital Print Order Format (DPOF) enables you to print images recorded on the memory card according to your printing instructions. In the camera, you can choose which images to print, the quantity to print, print multiple images in one batch, or create a print order for a photofinisher. The camera is compatible with DPOF Version 1.1.
Power Options: The EOS-1D X Mark II operates on the supplied LP-E19 Lithium-Ion battery pack (10.8 Volts, 2700 mAh). The battery can be charged in the supplied LC-E19 battery charger in approximately 2 hours 20 minutes. The supplied battery performance specs are as follows:
|Approx. 1210 shots||Approx. 260 shots|
|Low Temperatures: |
(0° C/32° F)
|Approx. 1020 shots||Approx. 240 shots|
Optional AC Power: With the optional AC-E19 AC adapter and DR-E19 DC coupler, you can connect the camera to a household power outlet and not worry about the battery becoming exhausted.
Auto Power Off: To save battery power, the camera turns off automatically after a period of non-operation. The Auto Power Off time can be set to 1 minute, 2 minutes, 4 minutes, 8 minutes, 15 minutes, or 30 minutes.
Note: The Auto Power Off function will not activate in Auto Playback Mode.
Supplied Software: The EOS-1D X Mark II comes bundled with the EOS Digital Solution Disc, which includes:
- EOS Utility: EOS Utility enables you to transfer still photos and movies from your camera to your computer. The software also lets you change the camera settings and shoot remotely from the computer. Compatible with Windows 10, 8.1, 8, and 7, and Mac OS X 10.9, 10.10, and 10.11.
- EOS Movie Utility: EOS Movie Utility lets you edit and play back movies recorded on the camera. Movie files can be split, rearranged, and merged to make a movie that you can save as a separate file. The software also lets you grab a single movie frame and save it as a still photo. Compatible with Windows 10, 8.1, 8, and 7, and Mac OS X 10.9, 10.10, 10.11, and 10.12.
- Digital Photo Professional: The Digital Photo Professional software (DPP) helps you process, view, edit, and print RAW images. Compatible with Windows 10, 8.1, 8, and 7, and Mac OS X 10.9, 10.10, 10.11, and 10.12.
- Picture Style Editor: Picture Style Editor lets you edit Picture Styles, and create and save original Picture Style files. Recommended for advanced users, experienced in image processing. Compatible with Windows 10, 8.1, 8, and 7, and Mac OS X 10.9, 10.10, 10.11, and 10.12.
- Map Utility: Map Utility takes the attached geotag information from the built-in GPS and lets you display shooting locations on a map on your computer screen. Compatible with Windows 10, 8.1, 8, and 7 (SP1), and Mac OS X 10.10, 10.11, and 10.12.
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