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Canon EOS 1D X (no lens included)

18-megapixel professional full-frame digital SLR camera body

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Overview

Our take on the Canon EOS 1D X (no lens included)

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.

The forks in the road merge again

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.

The beauty of full-frame sensors

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.

Action hero

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.

The Canon 1D X features a sophisticated yet logical control interface

The Canon 1D X features a sophisticated yet logical control interface

How to rethink a camera

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.

It's a video artist, too

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.

Built to last

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.

Product Highlights:

  • 18.1-megapixel effective recording
  • full frame CMOS image sensor (36 x 24 mm)
  • high-def movie mode with full-manual exposure, internal stereo mic and external mic jack
  • high-res 3.2" LCD (1,040,000 dots) with Live View allows composing shots on-screen in real-time
  • extra-bright pentaprism optical viewfinder with 100% frame coverage
  • EOS integrated cleaning system with fluorine coating keeps image sensor clean for spotless photos
  • dual DIGIC 5+ image processors provide exceptional image quality and high-speed shooting
  • redesigned 61-point High Density Reticular Autofocus for rapid, more accurate autofocusing
  • dedicated DIGIC 4 processor powers a 100,000-pixel RGB metering sensor, for outstanding exposure control
  • hot shoe for Canon EX-series Speedlite flash accessories (no built-in flash included)
  • up to 12 frames-per-second continuous shooting using a UDMA-compliant CompactFlash card
  • magnesium alloy body has extensive gasketing for increased weather-resistance, giving better performance in treacherous environments
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
Compatible Lenses:
  • compatible with Canon EF lenses (does not support EF-S lenses)
Exposure Modes and Controls:
  • continuous shooting mode: up to 12 frames per second (up to 14 fps in Super High-speed mode)
  • shutter speed range: 30-1/8,000 seconds, bulb
  • sensitivity or ISO (film speed equivalent) range: 50-51200 (extension settable to ISO 50, 102400 and 204800)
  • exposure modes: program auto, shutter-priority, aperture-priority, evaluative flash metering, averaged flash metering, manual
  • flash sync at 1/300 second (EX series Speedlites only)
File Formats and Storage:
  • still image storage modes: RAW, M-RAW (medium RAW), S-RAW (small RAW), JPEG (Fine/Normal), or RAW+JPEG
  • top still resolution (pixels): 5,184 x 3,456
  • movie file formats: MOV (Video: H.264, Sound: Linear PCM)
  • movie image size: up to 1,920 x 1,080 resolution
  • dual media slots accept optional CompactFlash® memory cards (supports UDMA and Type I/II CF cards)
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
  • N3 terminal for optional Canon accessories including RS-80N3 remote switch
  • 6-1/4"W x 6-7/16"H x 3-5/16"D
  • weight (without battery and media): TBA
Supplied Accessories:
  • rechargeable LP-E4N lithium ion battery
  • LC-E4N battery charger
  • adjustable wide neck strap
  • USB and audio/video cables
  • body cap and eye cup
  • software CD-ROM (PC and Mac)

What's in the Box:

  • Camera body (with body cap and battery compartment cap installed)
  • LP-E4N Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery (with plastic terminal cover) (11.1V / 2450mAh)
  • LC-E4N Battery charger (with plastic terminal cover)(12.6V / 1.55A)
  • Eyecup Eg
  • 6.6' AC power cord
  • 47" IFC-200U USB cable with in-line ferrite core (has a USB Type A connector on one end and a Mini USB Version 2.0 connector on the other end)
  • 57" AVC-DC400ST Stereo AV cable with in-line noise filter (has an RCA composite video and RCA stereo connectors on one end and a Mini USB Version 2.0 connector on the other end)
  • Cable protector
  • EOS Digital Solution Disk on CD-ROM
  • Software Instruction Manuals on CD-ROM
  • Camera Instruction Manual
  • Wired LAN Instruction Manual
  • Pocket Guide
  • Digital Photo Professional Instruction Manual
  • Warranty Card
  • Box contents determined from page 3 of camera manual
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Features and Specs

General
LCD Screen Size 3.2"
Adjustable-angle LCD No
Wi-Fi Optional
GPS-enabled Optional
Lens 35mm Equivalent N/A
Optical Zoom N/A
Digital Zoom N/A
Filter Diameter N/A
Manual Focusing Yes
Manual Exposure Yes
Built-in Flash No
HDMI Output Mini
Memory
Internal Memory None
Memory Media CompactFlash Type I/II
Image
Sensor Size 36 x 24mm CMOS
Megapixels 18.1
Image Stabilization With optional lens
Highest Resolution 5184 x 3456
4K Video No
Video Resolution 1920 x 1080, 1280 x 720
Dimensions
Width (inches) 6-1/4
Height (inches) 6-7/16
Depth (inches) 3-5/16
Weight With Battery (ounces) 54
Warranty
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year
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