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The 1D X Mk3 Info

    2020 January

    8th Two 1D X Mark III white papers from Canon [via CR]

    7th The 1D X Mark III is announced. Specs and announcement info below, along with any good resources/reviews/links we find.

    It’s been around for a while for testing, so there are several articles already about what’s new and different. This from DPReview

    Canon 1D X 3 announcement


    MELVILLE, N.Y., January 6, 2020 – Canon U.S.A. Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced the highly anticipated Canon EOS-1D X Mark III camera – the successor to the world-renowned and award-winning EOS-1D X Mark II. The Company’s new flagship DSLR has been engineered and designed using extensive feedback from the professional sports, photojournalist, wildlife and wedding photographers.

    This new groundbreaking workhorse EOS-1D X Mark III DLSR Camera features:

    • New 20.1 Megapixel Full-frame CMOS Sensor combined with newly designed High Detail Low-Pass Filter
    • New DIGIC X Image Processor with an ISO range of 100-102400; Expandable to 50-819200[i]
    • New 191-point optical viewfinder AF system capable of tracking the subject’s head, and face using Deep Learning Technology
    • New Smart Controller built into the AF-On button for fast control of the AF Point selection
    • Dual Pixel CMOS AF for fast and accurate autofocus in Live View covering 90%x100% of the image area at an EV of -6 ~ 18
    • The lightning-fast camera features the ability to shoot up to 16 frames-per-second in optical viewfinder shooting and up to 20 fps while in Live View shooting with mechanical or silent shutter
    • Maximum buffer in continuous shooting (RAW+JPEG) of 1000 images or more with dual CFexpress card slots
    • 12-bit 5.5K RAW video internal recording and oversampling 4K 60p video recording using the full width of the sensor in Canon Log with 10-bit 4:2:2

    “When engineering and designing the new flagship camera, Canon’s top priority was collecting and implementing extensive user-feedback from a variety of professionals,” said Kazuto Ogawa, president and chief operating officer, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “In the end, the outcome is at first glance a familiar tool, but in reality, so much more; a camera unlike anything the company has introduced before. Canon is eagerly waiting to see what timeless memories professional image makers capture with this new camera.”

    At the camera’s core is Canon’s newly developed 20.1 megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor, a High Detail Low-Pass Filter and the DIGIC X image processor. These features will help to provide professional photographers with a fast and powerful tool to capture images with a greater level of resolution, higher sensitivity, reduced moiré and improved image quality in higher ISO ranges with reduced noise. Utilizing a single DIGIC X image processor and a DIGIC 8 dedicated for AF/AE the camera’s image processing performance far exceeds and surpasses that of its predecessor, all while reducing power consumption. The DIGIC X is capable of up to approximately 3.1 times the image processing and 380 times Dual CMOS AF processing performance compared to the dual DIGIC 6+ found in the EOS-1D X Mark II. The new powerful image processor also allows for an ISO range of 100-102,400 (expandable up to 50-819,200), providing users with higher clarity images and quality in various shooting situations.

    The EOS-1D X Mark III camera also provides users with equally impressive video features, with the ability to internally record 5.5K RAW video and uncropped 4K 60p derived from the original 5.5K readout in Canon Log with 10-bit 4:2:2. Canon Log allows users to record 4K and 1080p video files with up to 12 stops of High Dynamic Range and wide exposure latitude, making it simple to coordinate color settings with other Canon cameras in multi-camera set-ups. It’s ideally suited to help streamline and provide greater creative freedom during the extensive post-production processing. In addition, the camera’s HDMI terminal can be used to transmit 4K 60p data to another device for display or external recording.

    When developing the EOS-1D X Mark III, Canon put a heavy emphasis on designing and installing a completely overhauled and comprehensive Auto Focus system for the user with the need for speed. The new 191-point AF system with 155-point all cross-type points helps users to quickly and smoothly track a subject and maintain a level of focusing accuracy during a variety of shooting situations such as tracking a motorcar circling around the race track or a leopard bolting across the plains. Canon has redesigned the AF sensor incorporating a new square pixel design based on an image sensor, essentially making the AF sensor 28x higher resolution at the center area.

    Canon’s revolutionary Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology provides users with fast and accurate AF using 3869 manually selectable AF positions and 525 automatic areas[ii]. In Live View shooting, the EOS-1D X Mark III’s AF system supports face, head and, most noteworthy, eye detection AF tracking. Eye detection AF provides high-precision tracking by locking in on and following the eye of a moving subject. When in Live View AF/AE tracking is supported during high-speed burst shooting with the ability to capture up to 20 fps in both RAW and RAW + JPEG file format.

    Using the traditional optical viewfinder, the camera has the ability to capture up to an extraordinary 16 fps with reduced time lag and image blackout. Reducing lag and image blackout greatly increases a photographer’s ability to track moving subjects and never miss a shot. Regardless of the method of shooting through the OVF or LCD, the EOS-1D X Mark III can shoot over 1000 images in a burst using the dual CFexpress cards.

    To support the needs of top professionals, the camera’s communications functions have been greatly enhanced. Incorporating a dedicated Network tab in the menu, the photographer can much more easily set up network functions such as connections via built-in gigabit Ethernet, Wi-Fi® connectivity, Bluetooth connectivity and destinations such as FTP servers, EOS Utility, or Browser Remote[iii] functions. It will even support encrypted network authentication for advanced network users.

    Thoughts from the First Users

    “I can’t say enough good things about how well the EOS-1D X Mark III camera performed on so many levels. The new AF system is a game-changer for me, I was totally blown away by how well it performed in various situations, including very low-light levels,” said wildlife photographer and Canon Explorer of Light Adam Jones. “The ability to move the AF point quickly with the new sensor-based AF button was simply amazing; the focus followed the subject like nothing before. As a wildlife photographer, I never dreamed we would have a camera that could follow focus on fast-flying snow geese using a super-telephoto lens with 1.4x and 2x converters – but with the new camera here we are!”

    “My job is to travel the world to photograph automobile racing and car culture in the harshest conditions imaginable. Racetracks, salt flats, sand dunes, frozen lakes, you name it, I photograph all things four wheels. That is why I need a camera that works as hard as we do,” said automotive photographer Larry Chen. “I started my professional career on the EOS-1D series of bodies, and I’ve had several over the years with over one million images captured. The EOS-1D X Mark III really is the next generation of professional cameras in a familiar package, the first words out of my mouth after shooting with it were ‘There are no more excuses, to miss a shot!’ I can’t wait to use it for the 2020 racing season!”

    Additional Features of the Canon EOS-1D X Mark III DSLR Camera Include:

    • Enhanced operational controls including button illumination, Touch AF and a multi-controller allowing users to select the desired AF point more easily
    • Face-Priority E-TTL II metering enables the camera to automatically adjust to provide the appropriate output of an external flash when it detects a face
    • Digital Lens Optimizer helps to correct against any potential lens diffraction or aberration based on the design of each individual lens. DLO also improves the overall resolution of an image
    • Ability to capture stills in 10-bit using the HEIF (High-Efficiency Image File) file format. HEIF produces a wider dynamic range and greater color representation compared to 8-bit JPEG
    • Built-in Wi-Fi®[iv], Bluetooth®[v], and GPS[vi] Technology
    • Faster speed and improved user interface for networking with optional Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E9 or with the built-in gigabit ethernet port
    • Canon EOS-1D series level of durability including dust-and-weather- resistance

    Price and Availability

    The Canon EOS-1D X Mark III DSLR camera body and WFT-E9 wireless file transmitter are both scheduled to be available in mid-February 2020 for an estimated retail price of $6,499.00 and $649.99, respectively*. For more information, please visit,

    [i] Camera’s ISO range expandable for still image shooting only.

    [ii] Available AF positions may decrease when shooting with AF cropping or in movie mode, or depending on camera settings or lens attached.

    [iii] Browser Remote will be supported through firmware update after shipping.

    [iv] Compatible with iOS® versions 9.3/10.3/11.2-11.4/12.2/13.2, Android™ smartphone and tablet versions 5.0/5.1/6.0/7.0/7.1/8.0/8.1/9.0/10.0. Data charges may apply with the download of the free Canon Camera Connect app. This app helps enable you to upload images to social. Please note that image files may contain personally identifiable information that may implicate privacy laws. Canon disclaims and has no responsibility for your use of such images. Canon does not obtain, collect or use such images or any information included in such images through this app.

    [v] Compatible with select smartphone and tablet devices (Android™ version 5.0 or later and the following iOS® devices: iPhone 4s or later, Pod Touch 5th gen. or later) equipped with Bluetooth® version 4.1 or later and the Camera Connect App Ver. 2.5.10. This application is not guaranteed to operate on all listed devices, even if minimum requirements are met.

    [vi] in certain countries and regions, the use of GPS may be restricted. Therefore be sure to use GPS in accordance with the laws and regulations of your country or region. Be particularly careful when traveling outside your home country. As a signal is received from GPS satellites, take sufficient measure when using in locations where the use of electronics are regulated.


    MSRP $6499
    Body type
    Body type Large SLR
    Body material Magnesium alloy
    Max resolution 5472 x 3648
    Other resolutions 4368 x 2912, 3648 x 2432, 2736 x 1824
    Image ratio w:h 3:2
    Effective pixels 20 megapixels
    Sensor photo detectors 21 megapixels
    Sensor size Full frame (36 x 24 mm)
    Sensor type CMOS
    Processor Digic X
    Color space sRGB, Adobe RGB
    Color filter array Primary color filter
    ISO Auto, 100-102400 (expands to 50-819200)
    Boosted ISO (minimum) 50
    Boosted ISO (maximum) 819200
    White balance presets 7
    Custom white balance Yes (5 slots)
    Image stabilization No
    Uncompressed format RAW
    File format
    • JPEG (Exif v2.31)
    • HEIF (10-bit)
    • Raw / C-Raw (CR3)
    Optics & Focus
    • Contrast Detect (sensor)
    • Phase Detect
    • Multi-area
    • Center
    • Selective single-point
    • Tracking
    • Single
    • Continuous
    • Touch
    • Face Detection
    • Live View
    Manual focus Yes
    Number of focus points 191
    Number of cross-type focus points 155
    Lens mount Canon EF
    Focal length multiplier
    Screen / viewfinder
    Articulated LCD Fixed
    Screen size 3.2″
    Screen dots 2,100,000
    Touch screen Yes
    Screen type TFT LCD
    Live view Yes
    Viewfinder type Optical (pentaprism)
    Viewfinder coverage 100%
    Viewfinder magnification 0.76×
    Photography features
    Minimum shutter speed 30 sec
    Maximum shutter speed 1/8000 sec
    Exposure modes
    • Program
    • Aperture priority
    • Shutter priority
    • Manual
    Built-in flash No
    External flash Yes
    Flash X sync speed 1/250 sec
    Drive modes
    • Single
    • High-speed
    • Continuous
    • Low-speed
    • Silent single
    • Silent high-speed continuous
    • Silent low-speed continuous
    Continuous drive 20.0 fps
    Self-timer Yes
    Metering modes
    • Multi
    • Center-weighted
    • Spot
    • Spot AF-area
    • Partial
    Exposure compensation ±5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
    WB Bracketing Yes
    Videography features
    Format MPEG-4, H.264, H.265
    Microphone Mono
    Speaker Mono
    Storage types Dual CFexpress type B
    USB USB 3.1 Gen 1 (5 GBit/sec)
    HDMI Yes (HDMI mini)
    Microphone port Yes
    Headphone port Yes
    Wireless Built-In
    Remote control Yes (Wired, wireless, smartphone)
    Environmentally sealed Yes
    Battery Built-in
    Battery description LP-E19 lithium-ion battery & dual charger
    Battery Life (CIPA) 2850
    Weight (inc. batteries) 1440 g (3.17 lb / 50.79 oz)
    Dimensions 158 x 168 x 83 mm (6.22 x 6.61 x 3.27″)
    Other features
    Orientation sensor Yes
    Timelapse recording Yes
    GPS Built-in


    1D X mk3 pre-release information

    2020 January

    3rd The specs seem to have settled at 20MP, with hefty increases in buffer capacity. The camera will likely be officially launched next week.

    • 20.1mp
    • 16fps/20fps
    • ISO 100-102,400 (extends up to 819,200)
    • 4K at 60p (No DPAF in 4K 60p or 4K RAW)
    • Dual CFexpress card slots
    • 191 AF points (155 cross-type)
    • 5.4K RAW internal video recording
    • $6499 USD

    Various ‘specs’ for the 1D X mk3 keep appearing, initially showing Digic 6+ processors – yes, they were largely the 1D X mk2 specs…

    Some more have now surfaced [Nok] – if accurate, the 1D X mk2 stays at ~20MP

    They are listed at [CN] in English

    2nd Still waiting for some specs… (pics are from B&H)1dx 31D X III rear view

    27th It seems that the 1DX 3 and external WiFi adapter (WFT-E9) are appearing in Canon product lists for availability in April [Nok] No specs yet – an end-january announcement is still most likely.


    28th Canon are keeping a pretty tight lid on 1D X 3 info, so expect dribs and drabs from real people testing (not so likely these days) and the odd vague rumour to keep interest alive ;-)

    I’m minded to put the sensor based IS mentions of late into the later category. Yes, Canon will have sensor IS at some point, and they may have it reliable enough for a 1 series camera. If it was a definite feature, I think it might have been mentioned in the development/marketing/FUD announcement we’ve seen?

    People likely to buy a 1D X mk3 were likely to do so anyway. They know it’s coming and that it will do the job they want it for – features will be what they are…

    My last 1 series (1Ds mk3) still works great and get used every so often, but for my work I need ‘more MP’ rather more often than ‘more robustness/speed’.

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    16th Coming -after- a product announcement/mention, the wireless certification details for the 1D X III are spotted at the Korean regulator.


    Sadly, the excellent Nokishita blog has been deleted. This used to spot code numbers and registrations and was often one of the few sources of info that wasn’t guesswork. My thanks to whoever ran it over the years.

    7th Guesstimates/hints arrive about the sensor resolution of the 1D X mk3 and seem to settling around the 24MP mark [CR]

    Somewhere in the 24-25 range makes for easy implementation of a 3:2 oversampled 4k output without any crop.

    Personally  this seems a bit low, but I speak as someone who’s last 1 series camera was the 1Ds 3 and couldn’t tell you the video specs of any of my newer Canon cameras.

    What is pretty likely (mentioned as ‘early 2020’ in Canon’s financials) is that a new ‘Flagship’ 1D will appear in January.


    30th With the announcement, it confirms a few hints about the camera that have surfaced recently [CR]

    • The battery life is nothing short of amazing, much better than the 1DX Mark II.
    • The silent shutter mode in liveview is absolutely silent.
    • The eye AF works incredibly well (via liveview we are assuming)
    • The AF-ON trackpad is so innovative, works fast and it very precise. In the source’s words, “it’s a real revolution. Nobody will be using the old joystick”

    24th Canon does indeed do a ‘development announcement’: See the 1D X Mark III announcement news post for more.

    This page will continue have all our ongoing 1D X mk3 coverage.

    The key spec related aspects of the announcement

    • 10bit HEIF image option
    • New Digic processor (this is NOT the first one series camera to debut a processor type BTW)
    • Higher res AF points in the centre
    • 16 fps through the viewfinder 20 fps with liveview
    • Dual CFexpress card slots
    • 10-bit 4:2:2 and internal RAW at 4k/60p
    • Backlit buttons
    • Longer battery life (same battery as mk2)

    Here’s a looking at one in a box video from Park Camera – where I usually buy my UK Canon gear.

    23rd The 1D X mk3 is seen by [CR] – no pics or details at the moment, but (as expected) the fundamental look/ergonomics of the camera are similar.

    It looks like the same LP-E19 battery for the 1D X mk3 as the mk2

    New licensing info [Nok on Twtr] shows that the 1D X 3 will have the model number DS126771

    1dx 3

    Still no solid details of spec…, although there is a suggestion [CR] that there may be an impending ‘development’ announcement for the camera. Whilst we may see some significant advances, 1 series cameras are very strongly ‘evolution’ driven, given their main ‘pro’ market, so don’t expect too many new whistles and bells.

    I’d note that ‘Development announcements’ are entirely marketing led – usually to maintain ‘brand interest’ or divert attention from something (someone) else. If we do see such a thing – ask yourself what it’s hiding ;-)


    27th An update to Canon model number info [Nok] shows a device with multiple designations (could it be the1D X mk3?) and lenes.

    • DS586191 (DS586192 / DS586193 / DS586194)
      Wireless file transmitter
      Wi-Fi (IEEE802.11a / b / g / n / ac) compatible
    • interchangeable lens
      SKU: 3450C005AA, 3792C005AA

    However… The 1D X mk3 is the only camera due, but it’s been pointed out that the multiple 6 digit codes don’t match up with previous DSLR//R camera ones (which start DS12xxxx), and it’s unlikely that the 1D X mk3 will come in kit options or multiple colours. Some other device, or a camera? It is likely the external WiFi device for the 1D X mk3

    17th After Nikon’s D6 ‘announcement’ it seemed likely that a bit of 1D X mk3 info might appear – yes, it will almost certainly be here in time for next year’s Tokyo Olympics but would we see some form of ‘development’ or marketing announcement, as we know them?

    Some comments [CR] suggest all the usual rumour crowd pleasers:

    • 6K video without a crop.
    • Dual CFExpress cards are in the prototype models and will likely make it to the production version.
    • There will be a “significant jump in resolution for an EOS-1 series camera”.
    • New DIGIC processor.
    • IBIS is in prototype cameras

    Digic 9 could well make an initial appearance and give the needed boost for pro-level mirrorless, also in 2020.

    I note that Digic 2, 3 and 5 all seem to have made their first appearances in 1 series cameras (this is just from a quick look at the timeline, which references announcement dates)


    13th Whilst nothing changes the general expectation of a late 2019/early 2020 announcement, a recent Canon patent application (main rumour page) showing an in-body IS [IBIS] system in a DSLR camera has fuelled speculation that it could appear in a remaining DSLR launch, before appearing in an EOS R body.

    Several IS related patent applications have been seen of late. They show many of the image capture problems that you might not first think of as issues, such as sensor movement during the sweep of a shutter, the loss of accuracy for lens distortion correction, and the defocus effects of a slight tilt to the sensor.

    As an aside, and as a former 1 Series user, I was interested in using the Panasonic S1R recently for a detailed review. It’s a hefty camera with the feel of a 1 series, albeit without built-in gip. Using it, along with my experiences from my EOS RP review have made me a lot more comfortable about the prospect of using a ‘Pro-Level’ mirrorless camera from Canon. I still don’t think we’ll see a true mirrorless 1 series equivalent until 2022, but 5D mkV build and performance could still be a 2020 arrival.


    21st Fitting in with an expected announcement late this year or early next, is a report of 1D X mk3 testing [CR]

    As you might expect, no-one involved is saying a thing about what it’s like, and a year away from any announcement there are likely quite a few variants out for testing. That and they are likely to marked as 1D X mk2 so unlikely to be noticed…

    15th I’m not expecting a 1series level of EOS R for some time yet, but I’ve added an EOS RX rumour page for when it does come.

    6th There were two Canon camera models left in the latest ID codes found with radio certification data. One is the upcoming EOS RP, which looks like a small 26MP full frame mirrorless [Mirrorless page], that’s not much bigger than my 100D. Both it and the other model are said to be using the small LP-E17 battery, so definitely not 1 series (or 80D/7D2 updates).

    Absolutely no signs of the next 1 series yet, I suspect we’ll have to wait until the Autumn

    2018 December

    20th The 1D x mk3 gets a mention [CR] as a (late) 2019 product – we’re a long way off from any announcement so, as expected, there is no real information/specs.

    For the timescale of a potential Mk3 introduction, mirrorless is unlikely to reach the performance demands of  1D X style camera users. 

    Last DSLR left standing? Much as the film EOS-1 series continued a long time, I wouldn’t be surprised to see the 1D X3 (or even mk4) continue many years as Canon’s last production DSLR.

    2018 March

    20th An interesting interview [DPR] from Canon at the recent CP+ show seems to have fired up mirrorless rumours, but it pretty much confirms a new ‘flagship’ camera in time for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. That’s still likely to be a 1D X mk3 IMHO.

    We may well see a high end mirrorless then, maybe even with a new FF mount, but the top end DSLR has a way to go

    “We still believe there’s work to be done before we can achieve the level of satisfaction that our users are looking for before they could confidently move from DSLR to mirrorless”


    25th The timeline is updated and I still don’t expect to see anything 1D X mk3 related until late 2019 or early 2020, in time for the next summer Olympics.  By 2020 we should be well into Canon’s move to mirrorless, but I’m feeling there is at least one more top end DSLR in the company.

    2016 February

    2nd The 1D X mk2 is official, so this page steps up…

    So, what will we see in a 1D X mark 3?

    Given the nature of its market I reckon it will still be in an obvious 1 series body.

    The safe money goes on another modest increase in speed, improved AF performance and bump in megapixels.

    Maybe they’ll even dispense with the need for an external WiFi unit

    For video, good 4k would seem obvious, but going to 8k needs a somewhat higher MP count.

    It’s far enough ahead that we may see much more of a change in basic sensor type – the 1DX2 has dual pixel AF and on-chip A/D conversion.

    The amount of non-bayer (‘foveon type’) sensor patents has seen a jump recently and I’d not be surprised to see Canon or (more likely) Sony dip their toes into this area in 2016/17 – will it be the next big thing, as regularly predicted on forums since Foveon’s first appearance?

    I’m definitely not seeing a place for an EVF in Canon’s next flagship camera, even if by 2020 it has appeared lower down the EOS line.

    Will we see a return of a 1 series ‘s’ model? I’d suspect less likely now that the 5Ds/R has taken a lot of the high megapixel market.

    Canon hinted that a very high MP camera was on its way with a 120MP APS-H (~200MP FF) example at their expo last autumn (2015) More likely for a 2018 5Ds mk2 (almost certainly an ‘R’ version only)

    1st 1D X mk3? A camera for 2019/20

    Full specs for the 1D X mk2 appear – all info on the 1Dx 2 page

    Older rumours


    29th The 1D X mk2 leaks seem to have been started for the weekend…

    1d X mark 2 top

    More detailed specs emerging:

    • 20.2MP CMOS Sensor
    • Dynamic range improvement
    • Dual pixel CMOS AF
    • Dual DIGIC6 + processor
    • ISO100-51200 (extended with 409600)
    • Continuous shooting 14 frames / sec.
    • Live View mode at 16 frames / sec – high-speed continuous shooting new mirror drive system to allow the (at 16 frames / sec.)
    • Continuous shooting possible number is 170 frames in RAW -. In JPEG Unlimited
    • 61-point AF system, which range is expanded. 41-point cross-type
    • AF is -3EV correspondence
    • With lighting AF point red
    • AI AF accuracy and motion tracking was improved Servo AF III + – 360000 dot metering sensor.
    • EOS iSA. EOS itr
    • Viewfinder magnification 0.76 times. 100% field of view
    • Video
      • 4K 60fps.
      • Full HD 120fps.
      • 4K video can be recorded with the internal CFast2.0 Media
      • Movie Servo AF
    • LCD monitor 3.2 inches, 1.62 million dot. Touch panel.
    • Camera digital lens Optimizer (DLO).
    • Lens aberration correction.
    • Diffraction correction
    • CFast2.0 and compact flash of dual card slot
    • GPS built-in – 2-axis electronic level
    • USB3.0 terminal, HDMI terminal
    • W-FI option (WFT-E8A)
    • Size of 158mm x 167.6mm x 82.6 mm

    27th An announcement is looking very likely for the 1st/2nd of Feb (next week)

    A slew of US patents might hint at some of the new technologies in the 1D X mk2 – see main Canon rumour page

    22nd A forum suggestion of expanded AF capabilities [FM]

    “…feature of the 1DX Mk2 is its AF and tracking capabilities over the 1DX. Not only is the AF faster, when using a 2X TC on a 500/600mm f4 lens, the new camera will allow all focusing points to be active even when the effective aperture is f8. On the 1DX, only the centre AF point and 4 surrounding points (with AF area expansion) are effective. I understand there will also be a multi-frame silent shooting mode instead of the single shooting silent mode on the 1DX.”

    We’re likely close enough to an announcement that such details are a bit more worthy of attention.

    17th Canon events are planned for the start of February, so it’s looking like 1D X mk2 time

    16th Two slots for the 1Dx 2 – 1 CF and 1 Cfast? [CR]

    13th 1D X 2 to feature a 4k burst mode? [CR]

    Still no solid info, so expect more snippets like these for a while

    11th Latest ‘info’ for the 1D X mk2 suggests that Canon will claim 15 stops of DR [CR]

    Still no signs of detailed info I’m afraid.

    8th 22MP for the mk2 is suggested [CR]

    7th With the Nikon D5 announced, it would seem that a 1D X mk2 announcement shouldn’t be more than a month or two away (the CP+ show is next month) [CR]

    2015 December

    17th A few 1Dx2 suggestions – no solid details yet [CR]

    One idea is that the 1D X mk2 will replace both the 1D X and 1D C.

    I don’t know how good 1D C sales have been and whether the likes of the C300/500 meant that a dedicated video 1 series body just doesn’t fit any more?

    Max video frame rate: 4K @ 60fps, 120fps @ 1080p
    Touch setting for AF point selection
    New sensor technology
    A “learning mode” for AI Servo
    New AF system
    GPS built-in (no mention of Wifi)
    New LCD screen type/technology

    11th No details, but a January announcement for ‘a significant Canon DSLR’ is suggested [CR]

    …it is an Olympics year after all, so a new 1Dx is quite reasonable.


    24th More possible specs appear – are we getting closer to an actual leak ;-) [CR]

    24mp full frame Canon sensor
    80+ AF Points
    New processor technology
    14+ stops of dynamic range
    Nearly 15fps
    4K video (max frame rate unknown)
    Dual CFast
    Slightly larger LCD

    6th More and a wider spread of AF points suggested [CR]

    3rd Some more 1Dx2 mentions [CR] maybe faster cards (CFast) and Digic 7.

    January is looking good for an announcement, but given how many times we’ve seen predictions, lets wait for some ‘real’ leaks ;-) 

    As ever just have a look at the camera timeline below for one of the best long term guides to what to expect …


    21st No real info, but the 1Dx2 is expected to be shipping by April [CR]

    12th Some specs (20MP) appear [CR] although it’s probably too far from an announcement as yet for much accuracy


    7th A suggestion that the 1D X mk2 will have 4k video, but won’t be a video oriented DSLR [CR] It’s said that there won’t be 4k in any other DSLR launched next year

    If so with the 5D4 then I expect a lot of wailing and gnashing of teeth ;-)


    24th No specifications, but there are reports of pre-production versions of the 1DX 2 out for testing and promotional use [CR]

    8th A suggestion [CR] that the 1D X 2 will manage 14 fps with a 24MP sensor.

    Rumours are quiet again, so I’m thinking the 14th (next Friday) is looking less likely…

    5th Another mention of the 1D X replacement [DPR] and putting an announcement (along with the 5D 3 replacement) around the US Photoplus show in October.

    Nothing else backs this up at the moment, so keep the usual big pinch of salt ready. 

    2nd A drop in price of the 1D X to $4600 [Adorama] – look out for more widespread price drops, that sometimes trail an update?

    It’s now August and there are no solid signs of any product launch yet…


    28th 24MP and at least 12fps? More 1Dx2 noises [CR]

    12th If we’re to see a 1D X mk2 soon, the there should (hopefully ;-) be a few more leaks. There are suggestions [CR] that the new camera will have many more AF points (cross type) and that changes in viewfinder capabilities will be needed for it.


    7th More 1Dx 2 snippets – 25MP Canon sensor [CR]

    Time to review the timeline – note that Digic 6 is hardly widespresd, and Canon doesn’t tend to skip versions (note the dual Digic6 in the 5Ds – probably enough to work for the 1D mark 6 (as IMHO, you might reasonably call any 1DX2)

    2nd 1Dx 2 snippets – Digic 7 and extended DR [CR]


    27th Suggestions that the 1D X mk2 is out for testing will have a few more MP, improved viewfinder/display/AF, lighter battery, but no details [CR]

    The only dates we’ve heard for this are late 2015/early 2016

    (i.e. no idea really ;-)


    13th The actual appearance of a 1D X mk2 is pushed into 2016 [CR] even if it gets an announcement this year.

    5th With the 50MP 5Ds announced tomorrow, some Nikon D5 rumours appear, suggesting a 20MP camera later this year. This makes a 1Dx 2 just that bit more likely in September

    … let’s just hope it ships a bit faster this time?


    4th The 1D X mk2 is suggested as getting a high MP sensor, although apart from both Sony and Canon saying in interviews that there will be such a sensor appearing some time, there is as yet very little actual evidence for where Canon will put one.

    See main rumours page for more.

    2014 November

    6th A 5D4 and ‘another Canon Pro DSLR’ for the start of February are mentioned in a dealer sourced rumour(see the 5D4 page for details)


    28th If there is to be a ‘High MP’ camera in the near future, then it’s probably not the 1D X mark 2 [CR]

    That’s reassuring to me if it means the ‘high MP’ talk is about the return of the ‘Ds’ or even that old favourite, the 3d ;-)


    21st Both the 5D mk4 and 1D X mk2 are to be announced January/February of next year, we’re told (thanks).

    The 1D X mk2 will be announced first (potentially late this year), but will ship later.

    Both will incorporate significant advances in sensor design, which mean that there will be no high MP ‘3D’ class body this year.

    The info suggested that this was what was being tested in the studios we heard about last month, and that elements of it woud appear in the upcoming 7D mk2, but that the real advance would be seen next year.

    Thanks too for the aside, that I would finally see a camera that would make me ‘rush’ to replace my 1Ds mk3 – I’ll believe it when I see it, but Northlight’s next year financials does include provision for quite a bit of new glass and equipment, that I didn’t see a need for, this year ;-)


    27th We’re told (thanks) that someone from Canon recently visited several studios in NYC with a ‘test’ 1D X body for some well supervised tests. Images had to be processed on a particular laptop that came along with the camera/minder and no images were allowed to be retained.

    The camera produced files of similar dimensions to a 5D3, but exhibited -much- better colour rendition and detail, with no moire. The only other real info was that the camera was for later this year or early 2015.

    Is this some new sensor design from Canon? I asked for more details, but it seems that the whole test process was very secretive. If anyone else has heard of similar tests …?

    22nd In the UK Canon are trying to up 1D X sales with a £400 trade in offer (details on main rumours page)

    2013 November

    30th The ‘4 full frame’ cameras info mentioned the other day (main rumours pagegenerated a lot of feedback[thanks].

    From one of our long standing sources came the (not unreasonable) response that it was all ‘too good to be true’ and that the current ‘unified’ 1 series will continue, with a new model announced later on next year with a split pixel sensor and ‘modest’ bump in pixel count (it would share a slight change in body shape with a 1D C update). No big MP camera, and no move into MF. The 1/1C/5/6 line was it for a while.

    Given that this is the one person who consistently told me to expect a 1D/1Ds merger, from 2010, should I perhaps take a bit more notice this time? 

    Of the two sets of info, I -prefer- to think that we -will- see a big MP camera, but my preferences count for very little, and I realise that very few people actually know, and they are not speaking ;-)


    24th New firmware (January 2014) is pre-announced for the 1D X [details on the 1D X page]

    Improvements best summed up as covering improved AF functionality and an extension of auto ISO, they are firmly aimed at users who would have previously used a 1Dmk 4

    It certainly suggests that there will be no mk2 announcement in the near future, although if Canon want to repeat the long lingering delays between announcement and shipping of the 1D X then we might first hear in 2014 for a 2015 ship date ;-)


    15th We’re told not to expect any new full frame cameras until 2014

    2012 December

    22nd still rumours pointing to a ‘high MP camera’ next year, but the follow on to the 1D X is several years away.


    22nd Assorted ‘high end’ rumours, but they point more to a 3D or 1D Xs

    2012 February

    20th Given the 1D X still isn’t shipping, there’s not much here yet.

    2011 October

    19th We’re told (thanks) that a much higher resolution camera was being tested this year, but events in Japan, the upcoming Olympics and Nikon D4 mean that any studio version of the 1D X is ‘some time away’.

    This would tie in with comments we had earlier this year suggesting that Canon still saw the benefits of having two versions of their top camera. Whatever happens, I’d expect the 1D X to last at least 2-3 years.

    18th The 1Dx is announced, so in true rumours tradition, we have a mark 2 page.

    Will the 1Dx line be split to cater for those wanting more than 18MP (1D Xs)

    Meanwhile, a 1D X mk2 thread on DPR

    I’ve updated the Canon DSLR timeline below.

    14th In what I’m genuinely surprised to see, it seems quite likely [CR] that the 1D and 1Ds lines are being amalgamated into a single camera…

    -1D/1Ds follow on (no name yet)

    -Full Frame 18MP, 12 fps, 61 AF Points

    -New Battery, Available – March, Price unknown.

    11th A lot more ‘One series’ rumours appearing

    A ‘full frame’ 16-20MP 1D5 is suggested at CR, but what about the largely discontinued 1Ds3?

    6th An 18MP full frame 14fps 1D5 is suggested for release on the 18th [via 1k1]


    17th Another specs lists appears at CR

    Another one that puts APS-C crop pixels at 1/1.6 the FF value – doh!

    8th Lots more somewhat variable specs lists appearing at CR.

    I note that the creator of these particular specs hadn’t realised that pixel numbers for FF are around 2.6 times APS-C numbers for the same sensor design.

    6th Some very detailed specs are published at CR.

    It suggests that the 1D and 1Ds lines will be merged into a 1D Mark V.

    The 1Ds line will be superceded by a more studio oriented camera with a new designation (When?)

    Highlight specs: 32.2MP, Full frame (35mm), ISO to 102k, 9.1 FPS, Digic V (just the one…)

    So, I wonder… How do you announce this and ‘sell’ it to current 1Ds3 or 1D4 users?

    Nope, another wish list IMHO.


    12th Another 1Dv/merger thread [CR]

    Mid September release?


    1st ‘End of APS-H’ 1Ds/1D merger stuff [CR]


    2nd At CR there are suggestions that the 1D/1Ds merger may be ‘sooner than expected’.

    We’ve had no serious ‘unification’ rumours for several years, and indeed several suggesting that the differing needs of typical 1D and 1Ds series users meant that the two model approach was likely to continue for some time yet.


    7th FF 1D mkV @28MP by the Autumn… [DPR]


    13th Whilst we get a comment to expect the 1Ds4 announcement in ‘late Spring’, at CR they are suggesting a 1D5 to unify the 1D line, with the 5D3 moving ‘upmarket’.

    12th Ever since the 1D Mk2n there are, a year or two into its life, suggestions of an ‘n’ variant of a camera.

    This time a suggestion [CR] is that a ‘video free’ version would be produced to alleviate some problems with sports photographers and video rights at events.

    Just how real this problem is with some of Canon’s big customers and whether it would ever be worth producing a ‘non-video’ version is unclear…

    2010 December

    16th There is a suggestion [CR] that a full frame 1D5 could appear next year. That would make the 1D4 rather short lived, although I’ve seen it suggested that the 1D4 was moved forward from an early 2010 release after the ‘focus issues’ with the 1D3.

    Replacements for the 1D4, 1Ds3 and 5D2 next year would also make for a lot of announcements – perhaps enough to take some of the light of publicity off a Nikon D4?

    11th The 1D4 is now well over a year old and there is still no sign of a 1Ds4. Whilst we’ve had several comments suggesting that the tight 1D/1Ds model coupling is to be broken with new models, there are no solid rumours yet.


    3rd No sign of 1Ds4 yet, so a 36 month cycle – as before?

    2010 February

    22nd Some suggest the 1Ds4 is due tomorrow – putting the 1 series on a 30 month update, so Feb 2012 for the FF 21MP 1D5?

    2009 October

    21st There is a lot in the 1D4, with 16Mp, video and a new AF system, but some are already saying ‘is that it?’… [DPR]

    Not a view I share personally…

    20th It’s a 1D4, so time to return this page to obscurity for a few years? ;-)

    19th Until we know the name of any new model – I’ll put updates on the 1D4 page

    18th A report from the US (thanks) about a large dealer asking if someone wanted to be put on the 1DV waiting list.

    How do you explain (excluding reasons of superstition) missing out 1D mark IV ? – Video. The camera will have to contain the best video performance in an EOS camera.

    We know that Canon was genuinely surprised at just how well the 5D2 video features were taken up and has (so we were told) had several big re-arrangements of staff and organisational structures.

    I’m personally waiting for the next 1Ds, but have long expected extremely good video in the updates to the 1 series. We’ve had comments (no details I’m afraid) about an expanded range of special video oriented accessories to be added to the 1D range – not long to wait and see :-)

    Check the 1D Mk4 rumours page for our full rumour history for this camera.


    11th Lots of people suggesting that there will be a Mark IV announced at the end of this month.

    Quite a few still suggesting that the numbers will jump from four to five, however this assumes a reticence to use the number ‘4’ due to it’s ‘unlucky’ nature in some far eastern cultures.

    Official Canon info tends to use terms like Mark III – Roman numerals, so a 1Dmk4 is not what you’ll see from Canon, but a 1D Mark IV might well be.

    2009 July

    20th We’re told from one of our sources to expect a 1D MkV – possibly skipping v4 to indicate a big jump

    Yesterday a new comment we’ve received, said that the 1D4 will be 12fps/16MP and 1.3 crop, with better video than the 5D2.

    Effective pixels
    Sensor size
    Continuous High (JPEG) LCD monitor
    EOS-1D Sep 2001 4.2 mp 1.3x crop 8.0 fps, 21 frames 2.0″
    EOS-1Ds Sep 2002 11.1 mp Full frame 3.0 fps, 10 frames 2.0″
    EOS-1D Mark II Jan 2004 8.2 mp 1.3x crop 8.3 fps, 40 frames 2.0″
    EOS-1Ds Mark II Sep 2004 16.7 mp Full frame 4.0 fps, 32 images 2.0″
    EOS-1D Mark II N Aug 2005 8.2 mp 1.3x crop 8.3 fps, 48 images 2.5″
    EOS-1D Mark III Feb 2007 10.1 mp 1.3x crop 10.0 fps, 110 images 3.0″ (Live view)
    EOS-1Ds Mark III Aug 2007 21.1 mp Full frame 5.0 fps, 56 images 3.0″ (Live view)

    We actually have a page dating from the last update, which details the 1D2 to 1D2N differences.

    Who knows, we may get a 1DSV at some point too

    Published specs for the Canon EOS 1D X mark 2


    Type Digital, AF/AE single-lens reflex camera
    Recording Media CF Card (Type I; compatible with UDMA 7 CF cards) and CFast™ Card (CFast 2.0™ supported)
    Image Format Approx. 36mm x 24mm (35mm Full-frame)
    Compatible Lenses Canon EF Lenses (excluding EF-S and EF-M lenses)
    Lens Mount Canon EF Mount

    Image Sensor

    Type High-sensitivity, high-resolution, large single-plate full-frame CMOS sensor
    Effective Pixels Approx. 20.2 megapixels
    Total Pixels Approx. 21.5 megapixels
    Aspect Ratio 3:2 (Horizontal: Vertical)
    Color Filter System RGB primary color filters
    Low Pass Filter Fixed position in front of the image sensor
    Dust Deletion Feature
    • Self Cleaning Sensor Unit
    • Self-cleaning can be done automatically when the power is turned on/off.
    • During manual cleaning ([Clean now]), the data for light spot correction is also obtained.
    • Dust Delete Data acquisition and appending
    • The coordinates of the dust adhering to the low-pass filter are detected by a test shot and appended to subsequent images.
    • The dust coordinate data appended to the image is used by the EOS software to automatically erase the dust spots.
    • Manual cleaning

    Recording System

    Recording Format Design Rule for Camera File System 2.0 and EXIF 2.3
    Image Format Still Image: JPEG, RAW (14 bit Canon Original), M-RAW, S-RAW, RAW+JPEG, M-RAW+JPEG, S-RAW+JPEG Video: MOV (4K Movie: Motion JPEG, Full HD Movie: MPEG4 AVC/H.264*; Audio: Linear PCM), MP4 (Movie: MPEG4 AVC/H.264*; Audio: AAC)
    * Variable (averaged) bit rate
    File Size
    • Large: Approx. 20.0 Megapixels (5472 x 3648)
    • M1: Approx. 12.7 Megapixels (4368 x 2912)
    • M2: Approx. 8.9 Megapixels (3648 x 2432)
    • Small: Approx. 5.0 Megapixels (2736 x 1824)
    • RAW: Approx. 20.0 Megapixels (5472 x 3648)
    • M-RAW: Approx. 11.2 Megapixels (4104 x 2736)
    • S-RAW: Approx. 5.0 Megapixels (2736 x 1824)

    Exact file sizes depend on the subject, ISO speed, Picture Style, etc.

    Recording Functions
    • Standard
      • Recorded to the selected card.
    • Auto switch card
      • When the current card becomes full, the camera switches to the other card automatically.
    • Record separately
      • The CF card and CFast™ card record the same image at a different image recording quality (L, M1, M2, S, RAW, M-RAW, S-RAW).
    • Record to multiple
      • Both the CF card and CFast™ card record the same image at the same image recording quality (Also applies to RAW+JPEG).
    Backup Recording N/A
    File Numbering The following three types of file numbers can be set:

    • Continuous numbering
      • The numbering of captured images continues even after you replace the card.
    • Auto reset
      • When you replace the card, the numbering will be reset to start from 0001. If the new card already contains images, the numbering will continue from the last recorded image in the card.
    • Manual reset
    • Resets the file number to 0001, and creates a new folder automatically.
    RAW + JPEG Simultaneous Recording One of three types of RAW images and one of four types of JPEG images can be recorded together.
    Color Space sRGB, Adobe RGB
    Picture Style Auto, Standard, Portrait, Landscape, Fine Detail, Neutral, Faithful, Monochrome, User Defined 1–3*
    * [Standard] is the default setting for [User Def. 1–3]

    White Balance

    Settings Auto (Ambience priority/White priority), Daylight, Shade, Cloudy*1, Tungsten Light, White Fluorescent Light, Flash, Custom (Custom WB) 1–5*2, Color Temperature, PC-1–5*3 (Personal WB) *1 Also effective in twilight and sunset.
    *2 [Select image on card], [Record and register WB] and [Edit WB name] can be used.
    *3 Up to five white balance data settings set with EOS Utility.
    Auto White Balance Option between ambience priority and white priority settings
    Color Temperature Compensation Blue/amber bias: ±9 levels
    Magenta/green bias: ±9 levels Corrected in reference to the current WB mode’s color temperature.
    Color Temperature Information Transmission Provided


    Type Eye-level pentaprism
    Coverage Approx. 100% vertically and horizontally
    Magnification Approx. 0.76x (-1m-1 with 50mm lens at infinity) / 35.1° angle of view
    Eye Point Approx. 20mm (at -1m-1 from eyepiece lens center)
    Dioptric Adjustment Correction –3.0 to +1.0 m–1 (diopter)
    Focusing Screen Ec-C6 provided, can be changed to Ec-A, B or L
    Mirror Quick-return half mirror
    Viewfinder Information
    • AF area selection mode
    • AF point information
    • Area AF frame
    • Spot metering circle
    • Electronic level (dedicated indicator)*
    • Grid*
    • Shooting mode*
    • Metering mode*
    • White balance*
    • Drive mode*
    • AF operation*
    • Flicker detection*
    • Warning symbol
    • AF status indicator

    * Asterisked items can be displayed or not with [Show/hide in viewfinder].

    Depth Of Field Preview Provided


    Type TTL secondary image-forming phase-difference detection system with AF-dedicated CMOS sensor
    AF Points (Optical AF) Max. 61 points (Cross-type AF points: Max. 41 points)
    61-point High Density Reticular AF II 
    (AF Points and AF Patterns)
    Number of AF Points (Max.)
    Dual Cross-type AF Points at f/2.8 and f/5.6 5
    Cross-type AF Points at f/4.0+f/5.6 20
    Cross-type AF Points at f/5.6 21
    Horizontal-line Sensitive AF Points at f/5.6 20
    Focusing at f/8 61
    (Cross-type AF Point: 21)
    The number of AF points, cross-type AF points and dual cross-type AF points vary depending on the lens used.
    Focusing Modes
    • Autofocus
    • One-Shot AF
    • Predictive AI Servo AF (AI Servo AF III+)
    • Manual focus
    AF Point Selection
    • Single-point Spot AF (Manual selection)
    • Single-point AF (Manual selection)
    • The checkmark cannot be removed from this option.
    • AF point expansion (Manual selection, 4 points: Up, down, left and right)
    • AF point expansion (Manual selection, surrounding 8 points)
    • Zone AF (Manual zone selection)
    • All AF points divided into nine focusing zones.
    • Large Zone AF (Manual zone selection)
    • All AF points divided into three focusing zones.
    • AF point Auto selection AF
    AF Function Registration/Switching Customizable with Custom Controls
    Selected AF Point Display Superimposed display
    Active AF Point Indicator
    • Displayed in viewfinder area
    • Displayed outside viewfinder area
    AF Assist Beam When an external EOS-dedicated Speedlite is attached to the camera, the following options are available:

    • Enable
    • Disable
    • Enable external flash only

    Exposure Control

    Metering Modes 216-zone (18 x 12) metering with approx. 360,000-pixel RGB+IR metering sensor. The following metering modes selectable:

    • Evaluative metering (linked to all AF points)
    • Partial metering (center, approx. 6.2% of viewfinder)
    • Spot metering (center, approx. 1.5% of viewfinder)
    • Center spot metering
    • AF point-linked spot metering (Custom Function)
      • Linkable to all AF points.
      • With automatic AF point selection, center spot metering will apply.
    • Multi-spot metering
      • Up to eight multi-spot meter readings can be taken.
    • Center-weighted average metering
      • The selectable metering modes can be restricted (Custom Function).
    Metering Range EV 0–20 (at 73°F/23°C, ISO 100, with evaluative metering)
    Exposure Control Systems
    • Program AE (Shiftable)
    • Shutter-priority AE (Safety shift possible)
    • Aperture-priority AE (Safety shift possible)
    • Manual exposure
    • The metering mode can be specified.
    • Bulb
    • Three custom shooting modes
    ISO Speed Range Manual setting
    Normal ISO Speeds  ISO 100–51200 (in 1/3-stop increments)
    Expanded ISO Speeds (Equivalent) L: 50, H1: 102400, H2: 204800, H3: 409600
    For [Highlight tone priority], the settable ISO speed range will be ISO 200–51200.
    ISO speed safety shift possible with a Custom Function.
    All the expanded ISO speeds, even for movies, are only “equivalent speeds.” Auto setting
    Shooting Mode  ISO Settings
    No Flash With Flash
    P, Tv, Av, M ISO 100–51200*1 ISO 400 fixed*1, *2, *3
    During Bulb shooting ISO 400 fixed*1
    *1 It depends on [Minimum] and [Maximum] of [Auto range].
    *2 If overexposure will result with fill flash, the minimum ISO speed will be set to ISO 100 (except in the M and bulb modes).
    *3 In the P mode, using bounce flash with an external Speedlite will have the ISO speed set automatically within ISO 400–1600 to suit the brightness.
    Exposure Compensation Manual: ±5 stops in 1/3- or 1/2-stop increments
    AEB: ±3 stops in 1/3- or 1/2-stop increments
    * Indicated up to ±3 stops on the LCD panel and in the viewfinder.
    AE Lock
    • Auto AE lock
      • In the One-Shot AF mode with evaluative metering, AE lock takes effect when focus is achieved.
    • Manual AE lock
      • With AE lock button in P, Av, Tv and M modes. (AE lock is updated each time you press the button.)
      • Enabled in all metering modes.


    Type Vertical-travel, mechanical, focal-plane shutter with all speeds electronically-controlled
    Shutter Speeds 1/8000 to 30 sec., bulb (Total shutter speed range. Available range varies by shooting mode.)
    X-sync at 1/250 sec.
    • Shutter speed’s control range can be set.
    Shutter Release Soft-touch electromagnetic release
    Self Timer 10-sec. delay, 2-sec. delay

    External Speedlite

    EOS Dedicated Speedlite E-TTL II autoflash with all EX Series Speedlites
    Zooming to Match Focal Length Provided
    Flash Exposure Compensation ±3 stops in 1/3- or 1/2-stop increments
    FE Lock Provided
    External Flash Settings
    • External flash control
    • Flash firing
    • E-TTL II Flash metering
    • Flash sync. Speed in Av mode
    • Flash mode
    • Radio wireless flash shooting
    • Optical wireless flash shooting
    • Zoom
    • Sync setting
    • Flash exposure compensation
    • FEB
    • Clear settings
    • Flash Custom Function setting
    PC Terminal Provided
    * No polarity.
    * Sync speed: Since the flash duration of studio flash units vary, set a sync speed within 1/125 sec. to 1/30 sec. and check if the flash sync works.
    * Both the accessory shoe (X-sync contact with maximum sync speed of 1/250 sec.) and the PC terminal can be used simultaneously for simultaneous flash firing.

    Drive System

    Drive Modes
    • Single shooting
    • High-speed continuous shooting
    • Low-speed continuous shooting
    • Silent single shooting
    • Silent high-speed continuous shooting
    • Silent low-speed continuous shooting
    Continuous Shooting Speed*
    • Viewfinder shooting
      • High-speed: Maximum 14 shots/sec.
      • Low-speed: Maximum 13 shots/sec.
      • Silent high-speed: Maximum 5 shots/sec.
      • Silent low-speed: Maximum 4 shots/sec.
    • Live View shooting
      • High-speed: Maximum 16 shots/sec.
      • Low-speed: Maximum 13 shots/sec.
      • Silent high-speed: Maximum 5 shots/sec.
      • Silent low-speed: Maximum 4 shots/sec.

    * Continuous shooting speed may vary depending on the shutter speed, the aperture, the lens being used, the battery charge and various camera settings.

    Maximum Burst The maximum burst during continuous shooting is as follows:
    Image Recording Quality  CF Card CFast™ Card
    Standard UDMA7 CFast 2.0™
    L 140 Full Full
    RAW 59 73 170
    RAW+L 48 54 81
    With “Full”, continuous shooting is possible until the card becomes full.

    Live View Functions

    Shooting Modes Still photo and video recording
    • Dual Pixel CMOS AF
    • Dual Pixel CMOS AF is possible with all EF lenses.
    • Manual focus
    • Magnify the image by 5x or 10x and focus manually.
    Metering Modes
    • Evaluative metering (linked to all AF points)
    • Partial metering (approx. 6.5% of viewfinder)
    • Spot metering (approx. 2.8% of viewfinder)
    • Center-weighted average metering

    AE lock possible. The active metering timer can be changed.

    Metering Range EV 0–20 (at 73°F/23°C, ISO 100, with evaluative metering)
    Grid Display
    • Off
    • 3×3
    • 6×4
    • 3×3+diag
    Exposure Simulation Same as with viewfinder shooting
    Silent Shooting Provided

    Video Shooting

    File Format MOV (4K Movie: Motion JPEG, Full HD Movie: MPEG4 AVC/H.264; Audio: Linear PCM), MP4 (Movie: MPEG4 AVC/H.264; Audio: AAC)
    Internal monaural microphone
    External stereo microphone jack available
    Recording Sizes 4096 x 2160 (4K)
    1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
    Frame Rates [4096 x 2160]: 59.94fps / 50.00fps / 29.97 fps/ 25.00fps / 24.00fps / 23.98fps
    [1920 x 1080]: 119.9fps / 100.0fps / 59.94fps / 50.00fps / 29.97fps / 25.00fps / 24.00fps / 23.98fps
    • Dual Pixel CMOS AF
    • Manual focus

    * Magnify the image by 5x or 10x and focus manually (not possible during movie shooting).

    Exposure Control
    Shooting Mode Exposure Control Shutter Speed (sec.) Aperture
    Auto Setting Manual Setting Auto Setting Manual Setting
    P, bulb Program AE for movie shooting Yes Yes
    Tv Movie shutter-priority AE Yes Yes
    Av Movie aperture-priority AE Yes Yes
    M Movie manual exposure Yes Yes
    Exposure Compensation Up to ±3 stops in 1/3- or 1/2-stop increments
    * If AE Microadjustment is performed, the settable exposure compensation amount will decrease by the amount of the AE Microadjustment. For example, if you set the AE Microadjustment to +1 stop, the exposure compensation amount will be limited to a maximum +2 stops on the positive side.
    Continuous Shooting Time

    MOV Format

    Movie-recording Size Total Recording Time (Approx.) Movie Bit Rate /
    File Size (Approx.)
    4GB 16GB 64GB
    (4096 x 2160)
    59.94 fps, 50.00 fps Motion JPEG 39 sec. 2 min. 10 min. 800 Mbps
    5733 MB/min.
    29.97 fps, 25.00 fps, 24.00 fps, 23.98 fps Motion JPEG 1 min. 4 min. 17 min. 500 Mbps
    3587 MB/min.
    Full HD
    (1920 x 1080)
    119.9 fps, 100.0 fps ALL-I 1 min. 5 min. 23 min. 360 Mbps
    2585 MB/min.
    59.94 fps, 50.00 fps ALL-I 2 min. 11 min. 47 min. 180 Mbps
    1298 MB/min.
    IPB 8 min. 34 min. 2 hr. 18 min. 60 Mbps
    440 MB/min.
    29.97 fps, 25.00 fps, 24.00 fps, 23.98 fps ALL-I 5 min. 23 min. 1 hr. 33 min. 90 Mbps
    654 MB/min.
    IPB 16 min. 1 hr. 7 min. 4 hr. 30 min. 30 Mbps
    225 MB/min.

    MP4 Format

    Movie-recording Size Total Recording Time (Approx.) Movie Bit Rate /
    File Size (Approx.)
    64GB 128GB 256GB
    Full HD
    (1920 x 1080)
    59.94 fps, 50.00 fps IPB 8 min. 35 min. 2 hr. 21 min. 60 Mbps
    431 MB/min.
    29.97 fps, 25.00 fps, 24.00 fps, 23.98 fps IPB 17 min. 1 hr. 10 min. 4 hr. 41 min. 30 Mbps
    216 MB/min.
    29.97 fps, 25.00 fps IPB (Light) 43 min. 2 hr. 53 min. 11 hr. 35 min. 12 Mbps
    87 MB/min.

    LCD Monitor

    Type TFT color, liquid-crystal monitor
    Monitor Size 3.2-inches
    Pixels Approx. 1.62 million dots
    Coverage Approx. 100% vertically and horizontally
    Viewing angle: Approx. 170° vertically and horizontally
    Brightness Control 7 levels provided
    Interface Languages 25 (English, German, French, Dutch, Danish, Portuguese, Finnish, Italian, Norwegian, Swedish, Spanish, Greek, Russian, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Romanian, Ukraine, Turkish, Arabic, Thai, Simplified/Traditional Chinese, Korean, Japanese)


    Display Format
    Single Image Display
    • No information display
    • Basic information display
    • Detailed shooting information display
      • Basic shooting information
      • Lens information and RGB histogram
      • White balance
      • Picture Style
      • Color space and noise reduction
      • Lens optical correction
      • GPS information
    Index Display
    • 4-image index
    • 9-image index
    • 36-image index
    • 100-image index
    Highlight Alert On the single-image display, highlight areas without any image information will blink.

    Image Protection and Erase

    Protection Erase protection can be applied or canceled for a single image, all images in a folder or all images in the card.
    Erase Erase a single image, selected images, all images in a folder, all images in a card or erase only unprotected images.

    Direct Printing

    Compatible Printers N/A (Direct printing not possible)

    DPOF: Digital Print Order Format

    DPOF Version 1.1 compatible

    Direct Image Transfer

    Compatible Images JPEG images, RAW images and movies
    RAW+JPEG images can be transferred JPEG only, RAW only or RAW+JPEG. If JPEG or RAW images are appended with a voice memo, the voice memo file will also be transferred.


    Custom Functions Total 34
    Camera User Settings Current camera settings can be registered to C1, C2 and C3 on the Mode Dial.
    Automatic updating of the registered settings can be set to Enable or Diable.
    My Menu Registration Up to six top-tier menu options and Custom Function settings can be registered.
    Up to five My Menu tabs can be added.


    USB Terminal SuperSpeed USB (USB 3.0)

    • For computer communication
    • Image transfer
    • For Connect Station CS100 connection
    Video Out Terminal AV/OUT terminal not provided.
    HDMI mini OUT terminal is Type C (Resolution switches automatically) / CEC compatible.
    • The correct video format of [NTSC] or [PAL], matching the connected TV, must be set or the video image will not appear.

    Extension System TerminalFor connection to WFT-E8A and WFT-E6A

    Power Source


    Battery Pack LP-E19 (or LP-E4N, LP-E4) x1

    • With the AC Adapter + DC Coupler, AC power of possible.

    Number of ShotsApprox. (Based on CIPA testing standards)Shooting Method BatteryTemperaturePossible ShotsViewfinder shootingBattery Pack LP-E19At 73°F/23°C1210At 32°F/0°C1020Live View shootingAt 73°F/23°C260At 32°F/0°C240Battery CheckAutomatic battery check when the power switch is turned ON.Power SavingPower turns off after the set time (1, 2, 4, 8, 15 or 30 min.) of non-operation elapses.Date/Time BatteryBuilt-in secondary battery
    When fully charged, the date/time can be maintained for approx. one month.


    • Recharge time: approx. 8 hr.
      • To become capable to maintain the right date/time for one month after main battery power exhaustion.

    Start-up TimeApprox. 0.1 sec. (Based on CIPA testing standards)
    * Excluding the recognition time for genuineness (genuine Canon battery) at the installation of the battery.
    * Start-up time becomes longer with a battery being used for the first time with the very camera.

    Dimensions and Weight

    (W x H x D)Approx. 6.22 x 6.60 x 3.25 in. / 158.0 x 167.6 x 82.6mmWeightApprox. 53.97 oz. / 1530g (Based on CIPA guidelines)
    Approx. 47.27 oz. / 1340g (Body only, without battery, cards, body cap or eyecup)

    Operating Environment

    Working Temperature Range32–113°F/0–45°CWorking Humidity Range85% or less

    Published specs for the Canon 1D X and Nikon D4
    Canon EOS-1Dx Nikon D4
    Announced October, 2011
    (availability: July 2012)
    January, 2012
    (availability: February 2012)
    Lens Mount Canon EF mount Nikon F bayonet mount
    Effective Pixels 18.1 million 16.2 million
    Sensor Size 36 mm x 24mm 36.0 x 23.9mm
    Image Sensor Format full frame FX
    File Format Still Images JPEG, RAW (14-bit Canon Original)
    NEF (RAW)
    NEF (RAW) + JPEG
    TIFF (RGB)
    Picture Control Auto
    User Defined 1-3
    User-customizable S
    Storage Media Compatible with UDMA 7 CF cards CompactFlash (CF) (Type I, compliant with UDMA)
    XQD Type Memory
    Card Slot Dual CF Cards (Type I or II) 1 CompactFlash (CF) card and 1 XQD memory type card
    Viewfinder Frame Coverage Vertical/Horizontal approx. 100% FX (36×24): 100% Horizontal and 100% Vertical Approx.
    1.2x (30×20): 97% Horizontal and 97% Vertical Approx.
    DX (24×16): 97% Horizontal and 97% Vertical Approx.
    5:4 (30×24): 97% horizontal and 100% vertical Approx.
    Viewfinder Magnification Approx. 0.76x 0.70x Approx.
    Fastest Shutter Speed 1/8000 sec. 1/8000 sec.
    Slowest Shutter Speed 30 sec. 30 sec.
    Top Continuous Shooting Speed at full resolution Super High-speed: 14 shots/sec.
    High-speed: 12 shots/sec.
    Low-speed: 3 shots/sec.
    10 frames per second
    11 frames per second (AE/AF Locked)
    Exposure Compensation ±3 stops in 1/3- or 1/2-stop increments ±5 EV in increments of 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV
    ISO Sensitivity ISO 100-51200
    Extension settable: ISO 50; 102,400 and 204,800
    ISO 100 – 12,800
    Lo-1 (ISO 50)
    Hi-4 (ISO 204,800)
    Dynamic AF Mode One to five cross-type AF points at f/2.8
    10 to 20 cross-type AF points at f/4, and 15 to 21 cross-type AF points at f/5.6. (The number of cross-type AF points will differ depending on the lens.)
    Number of AF points: 9, 21, 51 and 51 (3D-tracking)
    Focus Modes Single-point AF (Manual selection)
    Auto selection 61-point AF
    Single-point Spot AF (Manual selection)
    AF point expansion (Manual selection, 4 points: up, down, left, and right)
    AF point expansion (Manual selection, surrounding 8 points)
    Zone AF (Manual zone selection)
    Auto AF-S/AF-C selection (AF-A)
    Continuous-servo (AF-C)
    Face-Priority AF available in Live View only and D-Movie only
    Full-time Servo (AF-A) available in Live View only
    Manual (M) with electronic rangefinder
    Normal area
    Single-servo AF (AF-S)
    Wide area
    Maximum Autofocus Areas/Points 61 51
    Built-in Flash No way! No!
    Flash Compensation ±3 stops in 1/3 or 1/2 stop increments -3 to +1 EV in increments of 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV
    White Balance Auto
    Tungsten Light
    White Fluorescent Light
    Color Temperature setting
    Auto (2 types)
    Choose color temperature (2500K–10000K)
    Direct Sunlight
    Fluorescent (7 types)
    Preset manual (up to 4 values can be stored)
    Movie 1920 x 1080: 30 fps / 25 fps / 24 fps
    1280 x 720: 60 fps / 50 fps
    640 x 480: 30 fps / 25 fps
    HD 1920 x 1080 / 30 fps
    HD 1920 x 1080 / 24 fps
    HD 1280 x 720 / 30 fps
    HD 1280 x 720 / 60 fps
    Monitor Size 3.2-inches 3.2 in. diagonal
    Monitor Resolution Approx. 1.04 million dots 921,000 Dots
    Monitor Type TFT color, liquid-crystal monitor Wide Viewing Angle TFT-LCD
    Battery Life (shots per charge) TBA 2,600 Battery Life (shots per charge) (CIPA)
    Approx. Dimensions 6.2 x 6.4 x 3.3 in.
    (158 x 163.6 x 82.7 mm)
    Width 6.3 in. (160mm)
    Height 6.2 in. (156.5mm)
    Depth 3.6 in. (90.5mm)
    Approx. Weight TBA 41.6 oz. (1180g) camera body only
    Price $6,800.00 $5,999.95

    1D3/1D4 comparison

    Canon EOS-1D Mark IV
    Canon EOS-1D Mark III 
    Sensor 16.1 million total pixels
    27.9 x 18.6mm
    10.7 million total pixels
    27.9 x 18.6mm
    Image processor Dual DIGIC IV Dual DIGIC III
    A/D converter 14-bit 14-bit
    Image sizes 4896 x 3264
    4320 x 2880
    3552 x 2368
    2448 x 1632
    3888 x 2592
    3456 x 2304
    2816 x 1880
    1936 x 1288
    RAW files CR2 format, 14-bit
    RAW full resolution
    mRAW (9.0 MP)
    sRAW (4.0 MP)
    CR2 format, 14-bit
    RAW full resolution
    sRAW (7.6 MP)
    Auto focus 45-point TTL CMOS sensor
    39 cross-type for F2.8 or faster lenses
    19-point TTL CMOS sensor
    19 cross-type for F4 or faster lens
    26 non-selectable assist points
    Noise reduction Four levels of High ISO NR High ISO NR On/Off
    Movie mode 1920×1080 at 30, 25 or 24 fps
    1280×720 at 60 or 50 fps
    640×480 at 60 or 50 fps
    LCD monitor 3.0″ TFT LCD
    920,000 pixels
    7 brightness levels
    2.0″ TFT LCD
    230,000 pixels
    5 brightness levels
    Continuous shooting 10.0 fps
    Up to 121 JPEG Large/Fine images
    Up to 28 RAW images
    Up to 20 RAW+ Large/Fine JPEG images
    (Figures are with UMDA 6 card)
    10.0 fps
    Up to 110 JPEG Large/Fine images
    Up to 30 RAW images
    Up to 22 RAW+ Large/Fine JPEG images
    Custom functions 62 57
    Storage Compact Flash slot (UDMA support)
    SD card slot (SDHC support)
    USB drives via WFT-E2/E2A
    Compact Flash slot
    SD card slot (SDHC support)
    USB drives via WFT-E2/E2A
    Dimensions 156 x 157 x 80 mm (6.1 x 6.2 x 3.1 in) 156 x 157 x 80 mm (6.1 x 6.2 x 3.1 in)
    Weight No battery: 1.2 kg (2.6 lb)
    With battery: 1.4 kg (3.1 lb)
    No battery: 1.2 kg (2.6 lb)
    With battery: 1.4 kg (3.1 lb)

    The original 1D Mk4

    US Info (from Canon)

    Offering a comprehensive combination of speed, accuracy and image quality, the EOS-1D Mark IV is the perfect choice for professional photographers and subjects on the move.

    With a completely redesigned 45-point AF system including 39 cross-type points, a new AI Servo II AF focus tracking system with improved algorithm combined with 10 fps continuous shooting, the EOS-1D Mark IV can handle even high-speed situations with ease.

    An APS-H sized 16.1 Megapixel CMOS Sensor, Dual DIGIC 4 Image Processors, a spectacular ISO range of 100 – 12800 (up to 102400 in H3 mode) with an advanced noise reduction system helps ensure sharp, low-noise images even in low-light situations.

    Add advanced Live View shooting, Full HD movie recording with selectable frame rates and manual exposure control plus a host of new features that enhance every facet of the shooting process.

    The EOS-1D Mark IV is the choice of professionals looking for the ultimate in SLR performance.


    New 45-point Area AF sensor including 39 cross-type AF points with f/2.8 support plus new AI Servo II AF with improved algorithm.

    ISO 100 – 12800 (expandable to L: 50, H1: 25600, H2: 51200, H3: 102400) for shooting from bright to dim light with low noise levels.

    canon 1d4 front viewEOS HD movie with manual exposure control and multiple frame rates (1080: 30p (29.97) / 24p (23.976) / 25p, 720: 60p (59.94) / 50p, 480: 60p (59.94) / 50p).

    16.1 Megapixel APS-H CMOS sensor and Dual DIGIC 4 Image Processors for high image quality and speed.

    10.0 fps continuous shooting up to 121 Large JPEGS or 28 RAW using a UDMA CF card.

    3.0-inch ClearView II LCD monitor, 160° viewing angle, 920,000-dot VGA, reflection resistance with multi coating and high-transparency materials for bright and clear viewing.

    Magnesium alloy body with shutter durability up to 300,000 cycles and exclusive dust- and weather-resistance.

    Fully compatible with over 50 EF lenses and a wide range of EOS System accessories.

    Professionally Proven, High-Speed AF.

    New 45-point Area AF sensor including 39 cross-type AF points with f/2.8 support plus new AI Servo II AF with improved algorithm.

    The EOS-1D Mark IV has a newly developed, high-precision Area AF sensor with 45 manually selectable points including 39 cross-type, high-precision AF points for exacting and fast focusing no matter the subject. New AI Servo II AF focus tracking features improved algorithms that help improve stability, reliability and focus no matter the situation.

    Whether shooting a fast-paced soccer game or shooting a close-up of a bee on a wind-blown flower during macro photography, AI Servo II AF helps ensure sharp focus every time. AF point selection has been improved as well.

    Photographers can select their own point through either the camera’s Multi-controller or Main Dial/Quick Control Dial. Automatic selection is as simple as the press of a button.

    With Custom functions, photographers can select their own default focus point to automatically switch between horizontal and vertical shooting and can even choose to have primary focus supported by adjacent focus points for more accuracy with moving subjects.

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