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Canon EOS-1D X 18.1 Megapixel Digital SLR Body

The Ultimate EOS Flagship CameraThe EOS-1D X represents the flagship of the EOS line, with a restyled, ergonomic body and a full frame 18.1 Megapixel CMOS sensor combined with Dual DIGIC 5+ Image Processors. The sensor and processor technology and wide ISO range deliver sharp, low-noise images in all types of light conditions.The Dual Card Slots support Type I and Type II CompactFlash cards, compatible with UDMA mode 7 with a maximum data transfer rate of 167 MB/s. Multiple settings allow for continuous overflow shooting once one card is full, mirroring the same image at a different file size or to duplicate the same image and settings on to separate cards.Wired image transfer is available through the built-in Gigabit Ethernet terminal (1000BASE-TX).Intelligent Viewfinder with Superimposed LCDThe Intelligent Viewfinder offers a near 100% field of view, and is designed with aspherical lens elements for less distortion and color aberrations than previous models.The transparent LCD superimposes a customizable combination of focus points and gridlines directly over the image. The AF status indicator can even be directed to display within or outside of the viewfinders image area. All information can be displayed or turned off at the touch of a button.3.2" TFT LCD Monitor with Clear View II TechnologyThe 3.2" TFT LCD monitor has 1,040,000 dots, anti-reflective construction and features Canon's Clear View II technology for bright, sharp display in virtually any light.Beyond reviewing settings and images, the monitor is ideal for Live View mode.View and compose images using grid lines that can be displayed in 9 sections, 24 sections, or 9 sections with diagonals. Display the dual-axis electronic level to ensure accurate placement by displaying both roll and pitch in 1-degree increments. For image review, the dedicated Magnify/Reduce button allows viewing images in groups, or to review individual images by zooming in and out up to 10x.18.1 Megapixel Full Frame CMOS SensorThe 18.1 Megapixel full frame CMOS sensor has been designed from the ground up to deliver high resolution, perfectly detailed images with unprecedented speed and clarity.  Capture images at speeds of up to 12 fps in RAW + JPEG, up to 14 fps in Super High Speed Mode.The improved signal-to-noise ratio of the CMOS sensor and powerful noise reduction allows the EOS-1D X to capture  at expanded sensitivities down to ISO 50 (L) and up to 102400 (H1), with an extended range  up to 204800 (H2). The EOS-1D X has automatic ISO settings within the dedicated ISO menu, with the ability to specify minimum and maximum ISO settings. User defined ranges can also be set, along with full auto and manual settings.Dual DIGIC 5+ Image Processors for Speed and PerformanceThe EOS-1D X features Dual DIGIC 5+ Image Processors that include a total of four 4-channel A/D converter front-end processing circuits. The result is  approximately 17x faster speed in processing and performance than the DIGIC 4.Also featured is real-time compensation for Chromatic Aberration, plus algorithms that promote greater noise reduction at higher ISO settings. These features work on both still and motion images. The power of the dual processors deliver improved camera performance speed as well as images with stunning results.Sophisticated 61-Point High Density Reticular AFThe EOS-1D X  features a 61-Point High Density Reticular AF for greater accuracy, ideal for any situation. The multi-zoned wide-area AF provides  better tracking, and has a number of horizontal and vertical cross-type points, as well as sensitivity in extremely low-light situations (EV-2 for a central point with a f/2.8 lens).The AF features on the EOS-1D X are controlled through a dedicated AF menu tab, without having to navigate through custom function menus. Choose from  six AF point selection methods (Spot, Single Point, Single + Adjacent 4 Points, Single + Adjacent 8 Points, Zone Selection, and Automatic AF Point Selection), plus a dedicated AF configuration tool for control of AI Servo AF III tracking parameters (tracking sensitivity, acceleration/deceleration tracking, and AF point auto switching).The EOS-1D X features a 100,000-pixel RGB Metering Sensor to aid the AF system in Automatic Point Selection. Previously unpredictable subjects such as fast-moving or flying subjects can be tracked utilizing the EOS iTR (Intelligent Tracking and Recognition) AF, which recognizes the subject based on face and color detection from the AE system.EOS iSA Powered by the DIGIC 4 Image ProcessorThe EOS-1D X features a 100,000-pixel RGB Metering Sensor with a dedicated DIGIC 4 Image Processor that delivers improved performance in evaluative ambient and flash metering.The sensor has 252 distinct zones for general metering, with 35 zones used for low-light metering. The meter's DIGIC 4 Image Processor uses the  EOS iSA (Intelligent Subject Analysis System) to incorporate face and color recognition data, resulting in more stable performance under rapidly changing lighting situations. The E-TTL Flash metering ensures accurate automatic exposure for virtually any situation, with an overall level of performance that will impress even the seasoned pro.EOS HD Video RecordingIn response to the growing demands of professional image makers, the EOS-1D X captures HD video with an unprecedented level of sophistication for a digital SLR.It offers both All-I and IPB compression, supports H.264/MPEG-4 AVC High Profile, and automatically splits files greater than 4GB (FAT specifications) for extended, interrupted recording up to 29:59 minutes.The CMOS sensor's drive system significantly increases image processor performance, reducing color artifacts and moiré. Options include timecoding only during recording (Rec Run) or at all times (Free Run), which is ideal for multi-camera shoots. The EOS-1D X offers easy operation with the new Live View shooting/Movie shooting button, with menu options that can be set even when the Live View image is displayed.The dedicated menu tab for video capture allows on the fly changes, plus improved sound recording adjustments with 64-step volume control and access to the sound recording level meter through the Quick Control screen during video capture. The Silent Control function offers quiet adjustments through a touch pad located on the inner portion of the Quick Control Dial. The built-in wind filter helps suppress unwanted wind noise that can distort or muffle sound.Durable Magnesium Alloy Body and Redesigned ShutterBuilt for professionals who demand nothing less than the best, the EOS-1D X is designed to perform even in the most challenging environments. The body is constructed of rigid, high-strength magnesium alloy for rugged performance and features an improved grip design for easier finger placement and reduced hand fatigue.The redesigned shutter has lightweight and carbon-fiber blades, and is rated to maintain up to 14 fps performance without compromise for up to 400,000 cycles. The EOS-1D X and optional accessories like the new Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E6A and GPS Receiver GP-E1 (both sold separately)  have extensive gasket placement for improved dust and water resistance, even at the connection points.The EOS-1D X's integrated dust removal system clears the surface of the infrared absorbing/ultraviolet-blocking glass by vibrating it with ultrasound. In addition, Canon's Integrated Cleaning System clears dust missed by the camera. Specks can also be identified and removed using the Dust Delete Data feature of Canon's Digital Professional Pro software, bundled with the EOS-1D X standard accessories.Features and Design Straight From Pro ShootersThe EOS-1D X was designed based on the user experience and feedback of professional photographers.The refined and intuitive layout of all control buttons, dials and shooting settings allow changes to be made with just the right hand, with quick image check and image processing operations made with just the left. Additional Function buttons located on the front of the camera enable fast access to features the photographer uses frequently. The improved Graphic User Interface and redesigned menu structure places frequently used functions upfront, instead of buried within the menu hierarchy.
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Review 1 for Canon EOS-1D X 18.1 Megapixel Digital SLR Body
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PostedOctober 15, 2012
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This review addresses two questions:
1. Does it make sense to buy this camera as a totally new purchase or to upgrade from a much simpler camera?
2. Does it make sense to upgrade from a camera such as the Canon 1Ds Mark III?
I bought this as a reluctant upgrade from the 1Ds III—reluctant because I was unhappy about taking a step backward in resolution when I had hoped for something with ~45 megapixels—in other words pixels the size of those in a Canon 7D. My experience with a 50 D showed me that my lenses are capable of resolving that finely. The improvements, mainly the high frames per second, the addition of video, and improved autofocus in sports were of little interest to me.
But after looking at the first 300 pictures, I would recommend this product as a good answer to both questions. The sharpness seems comparable to that of the 1Ds Mark III or its equivalents. While the pixel spacing is 10% worse, somehow the pictures seem at least as sharp. That is, the 1D X performs almost as well as a 4 x5 film camera with much better dynamic range. And with tilt-shift lenses you have the creative flexibility of a technical camera as well.
The dynamic range is just amazing. The first picture I took with this camera was an accident: I pressed the shutter to turn on the metering but pushed too hard and took the picture. When I reset the exposure for the second picture, the comparison showed that I had underexposed by 8 stops.
Ordinarily that would be the end of it: just a black picture. But I tried to recover it in the computer, and while the quality is still questionable you can actually still see a decent snapshot level photo with a range from highlights to shadows.
When a camera can see that far into the dark, the high-ISO performance is astonishing. With an f/2.8 lens and a 1/30 shutter the camera can see things far darker than you can--in pictures that are not too noisy to use. My first tests at ISO 3200 in 3000K lighting produced as good a picture as ISO 800 on the 1Ds, and my shots at ISO 52000 were still acceptable. I performed another test at very high dynamic range at IOS 800 and 1600 and found greatly enhanced detail and freedom from noise in the blacks compared to the 1 Ds III. This is not due to noise reduction in the camera, because my use of the RAW format overrides the in-camera noise reduction. The ISO 100 shots clearly reflect higher dynamic range, better contrast (I don’t need to use as much “clarity” in post) and better color rendition (less need to add saturation).
This features links with the camera’s remarkable ability to focus on difficult subjects. I have been impressed with the 1Ds’s ability to photograph parrots, bees, and butterflies in flight, but it usually takes 5 to 20 shots to get one that is worth keeping. The 1D X was able to get over a third of the pictures of butterflies in focus even with a slow focusing lens that I was never able to use for such pictures before.
With the higher ISO performance with lower noise, I can now shoot wildlife at 1/4000 or higher at f/5.6 and get good pictures even in the shade. Previously I was always forced to trade off between high shutter speed and low enough ISO to preserve quality.
So this is what you are paying for if you opt for this camera rather than its 18-24 MP cousins: visibly higher dynamic range and better low light performance, along with improved color, which gives your pictures a hard to define but very real sense of “being there”. Autofocus that can handle fast-moving children and animals, even in the dark. Customization so that you can set dozens of things to work exactly the way you want them to, (including having the camera do almost everything for you). Excellent control over where the autofocus is focusing, because at this resolution it makes a difference, even on a 14mm lens. And battery capacity that can last for days of amateur all-day shooting,although not as long as the 1Ds.
If you are thinking of upgrading from a Canon 1 series, the reasons to do it are low light level performance, fast focus, and fast shooting. If you do all your work in a studio, it probably isn’t worth it. Although the pictures I took in bright sunlight do seem better on this camera.
Compared to other brands, the advantage Canon has is the best selection of lenses. Nikon is a close second, but I use the 17mm Tilt-Shift lens, which is the only one of its kind in the world, the 50mm f/1.2, which is the fastest lens that auto-focuses, and the 24mm f/1.4, which at the time I bought it was the fastest 24mm.
For many photographers, zoom lenses, which are slower, more expensive, and heavier, as well as less sharp, should not be needed with this camera because you can zoom digitally. Of course if you zoom digitally resolution makes a difference, and I am disappointed that Canon did not choose yet to develop the rumored 45 megapixel version of this camera. I would happily sacrifice higher frame rate for more resolution. But after seeing the first sets of pictures, I am not so sure. First of all, the increased resolution only matters for sharp lenses, and only at f/7 or wider. And this same analysis shows that the gains in resolution would have to come at the expense of more than one stop of poorer low light performance. Thus, using a 1.4x extender on my 300mm f/4 on the 1D X would get me the same resolution as using the 300 alone on the hypothetical high-MP camera, and the resolution of the 300 + 1.4x would not be good enough to use it to advantage on that hypothetical camera. (The test does not have to be hypothetical because the Canon 50 D has a similar pixel spacing, and so I can observe the results.) Similarly the 17 mm lens shifted to maximum as I often do already doesn’t resolve as well as the 1D X sensor.
Actually the comparison to the Canon 50 D seems instructive, since the smaller pixels reduce image quality in ways that appear to me to go beyond the difference seen in lab tests.
The 1D X is spec’d as bigger and heavier than its predecessors, but I have not noticed a difference in the field. The handling is very familiar and when different in detail, the 1D X is more convenient. The custom function that lets me switch with two clicks from one-shot focus single frame shooting to AE focus, 12 fps, and 1/4000 sec at ISO 3200 allows me to be shooting scenery and switch to birds with a lot less trouble. This is just one example of clever customization ability.
In summary, the 1D X is a significant evolutionary step from its predecessors, and a dramatic improvement over the older options. The additional features and qualities compared to products at half its price are noticeable and worth the extra cost if you can afford it.
Pros: Excellent Image Quality, Sharp Tone/Color, Beautiful Colors/Contrast, Good Low-Light Performance
Cons: Short Battery Life
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