Canon Unveils EOS-1D X Pro-Level d-SLR

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unveiled Tuesday its advanced EOS-1D X pro-level d-SLR.

The advanced camera, which replaces both the EOS-1Ds Mark III and EOS-1D Mark IV models, is said to combine the advanced image quality of the EOS-1Ds with the speed of the EOS-1D series cameras.


The EOS-1D X will ship in March 2012 at $6,800 suggested retail in a body-only configuration.

The EOS-1D X d-SLR is based on an 18-megapixel full-frame Canon CMOS sensor, Dual DIGIC 5+ imaging processors, 14-bit A/D data conversion and can shoot up to 12 fps.

The camera introduction coincides with Canon's celebration of the 50 millionth EOS-series SLR camera milestone, which was achieved last month, and will soon be joined by the 70 millionth EF-series lens milestone at the end of October.

"The EOS-1D X represents the re-invention of the EOS-1Ds and EOS-1D series, combining new proprietary Canon technologies with the culmination of customer feedback and requests from the field. We are proud to introduce this camera to the worldwide community of professional photographers and cinematographers with the features and capabilities they need to capture the great moments that display their talent," stated Yuichi Ishizuka, Canon USA imaging technologies and communications group executive VP and general manager, in announcing the new camera.

In total, the EOS-1D X will include three DIGIC processors, including the aforementioned Dual DIGIC 5+ processors and a dedicated DIGIC 4 for processing metering and AF control. The new DIGIC 5+ processors are said to deliver 17 times more processing speed than older DIGIC 4-level chip.

The new processor pair provides higher-speed continuous shooting, lower noise and a significantly better data-processing speed than was possible in previous EOS-1D models, Canon said.

This allows for advanced features such as in-camera chromatic aberration correction for various Canon EF lenses, instead of through post-production software.

Meanwhile, the DIGIC 4 processor includes a 100,000-pixel RGB metering sensor for enhanced exposure accuracy with color and face detection, and works together with the camera's new EOS Intelligent Tracking and Recognition (iTR) AF.

The 18-megapixel full-frame CMOS image sensor is said to produce the lowest noise of any EOS digital camera to date. The full-frame characteristic allows for the use of larger pixel sizes (1.25 microns larger than those in the EOS-1D Mark IV and .55 microns larger than in the EOS 5D Mark II) and gapless microlense technology, allowing for greater light capturing capability, higher sensitivity and less noise at the pixel level.

Low-light images are said to be enhanced even further through the use of the Dual DIGIC 5+ imaging processors.

The image sensor can be cleaned with a new second-generation Ultrasonic Wave Motion Cleaning system, utilizing carrier wave technology to remove smaller dust particles from the sensor.

Additionally, a new fluorine coating on the infrared absorption glass is now used to help repel dust.

The camera's ISO range is adjustable from 100 to 51,200 within its standard range. It can also be pushed to a low ISO of 50 for studio and landscape work to and to two high settings of 102,400 at H1 and 204,800 at H2, for applications including law enforcement, government or forensic field applications.

The new A 61-point high density reticular auto focus system, features 21 focusing points in the central area. They are standard precision cross-type and effective with maximum apertures as small as f/5.6, depending on the lens in use.

The center five points are also high-precision diagonal cross-type points for maximum apertures as small as f/2.8.

All 61 points are sensitive to horizontal contrast with maximum apertures as small as f/5.6 and 20 of the outer focusing points function as cross-type points with maximum apertures as small as f/4.0, Canon said.

The system also includes an expanded AF coverage area, superior focusing precision, low-light sensitivity, and greater low-contrast subject detection capability compared to earlier EOS AF systems.

All AF functions now have their own menu tab for faster access.  A new AF Configuration Tool allows for customized setting of tracking sensitivity, the acceleration and deceleration of tracking subjects, and AF point auto switching, which are all accessible by the AF menu tab.

A built-in Feature Guide advises photographers on which settings to use according to subject matter.

Additional options include six AF point selection modes: Spot, Single Point, Single Point with surrounding four points, Single Point with surrounding eight points, Zone selection, and Automatic AF point selection. 

The EOS iTR AF system also includes Intelligent Tracking and Recognition and offers the ability to use Face Detection technology to track recognized faces in addition to color information.

The EOS-1D X is also the first EOS d-SLR with multiple exposure capability. The camera can combine up to nine individual images into a single composite image, with no need for post-processing in a computer.

The camera's super-high-speed mode increases shooting speeds up to 14 fps at full 18-megapixel resolution in JPEG mode. The new camera is also capable of shooting RAW, JPEG or RAW+JPEG at speeds up to 12 fps in One Shot AF or AI Servo AF for sports photography and other high-speed applications.

HD video recording is enhanced with new compression systems, including the editing-friendly intraframe (ALL-i) and data-friendly interframe (IPB) and longer recording capability.

The new CMOS imager is said to reduce video artifacts, including moiré, and the camera will automatically split movie files when a single file exceeds 4GB for continuous video recording up to 29 minutes and 59 seconds across multiple 4GB files.

Supported video resolution levels include: 1920-by-1080 24p/30p; and 720p HD or SD video recording at 50p or 60p.

Manual audio level control that is adjustable before and during shooting is included.

The camera also includes dual CF card slots.

Canon said it will also offer a new compact wireless file transmitter WFT-E6A ($600, March) and a wireless GPS receiver model GP-E1 ($300, April) to support the camera.


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