While many are awaiting Canon's release of the 5D Mark IV, the company announced its higher-end flagship last night, the EOS-1D X Mark II.
While the original 1D X was a popular choice for professional photographers, this Mark II variant attempts offer a variety of exciting features for cinematographers as well.
Here's a rundown of all the important specs:
- New 20.2 MP full-frame CMOS sensor
- ISO range from 100 to 51,200 (expandable up to 409,600)
- 61-point High Density Reticular AF II system with 41 cross-type points
- Sensitivity for AF has been improved to -3 EV with compatibility down to f/8
- Dual DIGIC 6+ image processors allow 16 fps burst shooting in Live View mode and 14 fps for standard continuous shooting
- 3.2-inch 1.62-million-dot rear LCD with redesigned information layout/colors
- Buffer is unlimited for JPEG and 170 RAW photos when using a CFast 2.0 card
- Supports both CFast 2.0 and CompactFlash cards (one slot for each)
- 360,000-pixel metering sensor
- Shutter mechanism is rated for upwards of 400,000 frames
- Mirror system has been refined to minimize vibrations when triggering at high speeds
- Now supports 1080P up to 120fps and C4K up to 60fps
- No restrictions on video recording and uses exFAT storage to allow for long clips regardless of surpassing the typical 4GB limit
- Built-in image optimization can correct lens imperfections in-camera without slowing down performance
- Dual Pixel AF makes this the first full frame DSLR to take advantage of this unique technology
- Can perform accurate subject tracking for both stills and video use
- Rear display can be used as a touchscreen only for mapping focus points when shooting video (touchscreen is disabled for everything else)
- Can grab an 8.8MP still frame from a 4K video natively in-camera
- Built-in GPS support (no Wi-Fi without an add-on accessory)
- Uncompressed 8-bit 4:2:2 out of the HDMI port
Available for pre-order right now via B&H at a retail price of $5,999 or a $6,300 bundle (includes a 64GB CFast 2.0 and card reader). Canon is expecting to ship the 1D X Mark II starting this April and my guess this date will coincide with NAB 2016.
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