Canon Unveils Their New ‘EOS-1D X Mark II’ DSLR

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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Source: PetaPixel